Diagnostic tests may require a sample of blood and urine from the pet. But again, if diagnosed early enough, both diseases can be treated with antibiotics. Most pets show signs of improvement within a few days and make a complete recovery.
There are no vaccines for Anaplasmosis or Ehrlichiosis. Tick prevention is the key. Ticks thrive in damp, dense woods, so dogs should be walked on well-groomed trails and cats should be kept indoors. Lawns should be mowed regularly and leaf litter and brush piles removed.
Safe, reliable tick repellants play an important role in prevention.
But how do you choose? Ask your veterinarian.
“Our recommendations are tailored to the individual lifestyle of each pet,” said Dr. La Forte. “But knowing how fast the product kills the tick is extremely important. It can take 48 hours for the disease to transmit from the tick to the dog. We choose products that kill the tick within 2 – 8 hours, but are still safe for the pet. We also can recommend products to treat the lawn that are safe. Don’t forget, humans are just as susceptible to these tick-borne diseases as animals are. Our clients and patients are part of our family and we want to protect everyone.”