04-10-2017, 03:33 PM
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| | Anaplasma and Ticks
Hello dog forum! It's been been awhile since I've been here. Life is pretty busy. But that's not what this post is about..
Last Friday I took Chester to the vet for just an update on shots and a checkup. They did a blood test and I was unfortunately surprised with the results. Chester tested positive for Anaplasma. Anaplasma is a tick borne disease similar, but not as serious as Lyme disease. He is vaccinated against Lyme disease and I normally use a tick prevention topical. Tick season has just started here in Canada so I hadn't yet given him his topical for this year. I wish I hadn't waited to apply the tick prevention. The ticks are out early this year. But only one tick is enough to make a dog sick.
The reason of this post is just to let other dog owners know that just because you may have a Lyme vaccination, your dog is not immune to things that ticks carry. Use tick prevention before tick season. Don't be like me!
Thankfully Chester was in the early stages and he's mostly okay, but his tail joint is swollen thanks to the disease. He has started his treatment of 2 weeks of Doxyxyline so he will be fine. If anyone else has heard of Anaplasma, I'd welcome any more information on it. Thank you for reading.
This is a picture of Chester in the vet's office:
Last edited by Jeru; 04-10-2017 at 03:40 PM.