January 7, 2017
Tiny Tick Terrors
Ticks can transmit a variety of disease to our companions. This week we will specifically talk about canine ehrlichosis. Ehrlichia is a microscopic parasite that is transmitted to dogs by ticks. Most commonly the brown dog tick. This parasite can cause bleeding disorders and anemia (low red blood cell count).
Some of the main symptoms may include fever, lethargy, stiffness, anorexia, low red blood cell count, & low platelet count. Unfortunately some dogs may not be able to fight this condition off on their own, so the organism goes dormant in the dog's system until a time of stress.
Preventing is the key! We have several ways to repel & kill ticks, so please ask! Protect our pet companions from these little nuisances.