27613 Vets Share 6 Tick-Borne Diseases You Should Be Aware Of

As the top 27613 vets in the area, our veterinarians at Leesville Animal Hospital know how important it is for them to make sure that pet parents know how to properly protect their pets against parasites. One of the most frequently seen parasites in this area is the tick, so today we’re going to be sharing some of the tick-borne diseases your pet could contract from a tick bite without proper preventative care.

27613 Vets Share 6 Tick-Borne Diseases You Should Be Aware Of

Ticks are nasty parasitic arachnids for which we routinely give our pets preventative medications to prevent them from targeting our pets as a host and exposing them to a number of dangerous and sometimes devastating health concerns. Today we want to talk about some of the illnesses and diseases that ticks can pass on to our pets and why it’s so important to stay up to date with preventative medications!

Ehrlichiosis

Ehrlichiosis is caused by Ehrlichia bacteria and can be transmitted to your pet by the brown dog tick or the Lonestar tick. Both dogs and cats can contract ehrlichiosis. Infection with Ehrlichiosis causes symptoms associated with the blood’s ability to clot and inflammation.

Symptoms you may notice in your pet if they have contracted Ehrlichiosis include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Joint pain
  • Lameness
  • Nasal discharge
  • Runny eyes
  • Reluctance to move
  • Spontaneous nose bleeds
  • Bruising of the belly or gums

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by the Rickettsia rickettsia bacteria and can be transmitted to your pet by the American dog tick and the lone star tick. While both dogs and cats can contract Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, dogs are far more susceptible to infection and cats are rarely diagnosed. It is important to know, however, that cats can carry RMSF and be asymptomatic.

Symptoms you may notice in your pet if they have contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Neurological symptoms
  • Stiff joints while walking

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria and can be transmitted to your pet by the deer tick and the western black-legged tick. Both dogs and cats can contract Lyme disease although Lyme disease in cats is much less common than it is in dogs.

Symptoms you may notice in your pet if they have contracted Lyme disease include:

  • Lethargy
  • Reluctance to move
  • Spontaneous lameness that may shift legs
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression

Anaplasmosis

Anaplasmosis is caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma platys bacteria and can be transmitted to your dog by the deer tick, the western black-legged tick, and the brown dog tick.

Symptoms you may notice in your dog if they have contracted Anaplasmosis include:

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Neck pain
  • Lameness
  • Reluctance to move
  • Neurological symptoms

Babesiosis

Babesiosis is caused by the Babesia bacteria and can be transmitted to your dog or cat by the brown dog tick and the deer tick. Both dogs and cats can contract babesiosis.

Symptoms you may notice in your pet if they have contracted Babesiosis include:

  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite

Hepatozoonosis

Hepatozoonosis is caused by Hepatozoon parasites and can be transmitted to your pet by the Gulf Coast tick and the brown dog tick. Both cats and dogs can contract Hepatozoonosis.

Symptoms you may notice in your pet if they have contracted Hepatozoonosis include:

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

Visit Our 27613  Vets Today to Pick Up Your Monthly Preventative Medications!

If you live in the Raleigh, NC area and don’t currently have a veterinarian and are in need of preventative medications for your pet, drop by and pay us a visit. Our vets will be happy to help! Just give us a call first to let us know that you’re coming. You can reach us at (919)870-7000 or if you’re driving in North Raleigh and want to pop in, you’ll find us at 9309 Leesville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613.

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Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday: Boarding pick up 5 – 6 p.m.

Call Us: (919) 870-7000
Visit Us: 9309 Leesville Rd,
                 Raleigh, N.C. 27613

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