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Diseases Carried by Ticks

Today, ticks are an increasing concern for our pets as they are becoming more prevalent in both urban and rural areas. Ticks can transmit many diseases to our pets.

Lyme Disease – Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to dogs through the bite of the deer tick, also known as the black-legged tick. The bacterium localizes to the joints and kidneys. Clinical signs include generalized pain, inappetence, fever, and lameness.

Anaplasmosis – Anaplasmosis is a disease caused by the bacterial organism Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It is transmitted by both the deer tick and the western black-legged tick. A lesser form of the disease is caused by Anaplasma platys which are transmitted by the brown dog tick. Clinical signs include lameness, joint pain, fever, lethargy, and anorexia. Vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, and laboured breathing may also be reported but are less common.

Ehrlichiosis – Ehrlichiosis is also a tick-borne disease transmitted by the brown dog tick. The disease is most severe in German shepherd and Doberman Pinscher breeds. The organism causing the disease is a rickettsial organism, which is similar to bacteria. Signs can be divided into three phases: acute, sub-clinical, and clinical/chronic. The acute phase includes clinical symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, respiratory distress, and weight loss. The sub-clinical phase is when the organism is present, but not causing any outward signs of disease. Finally, the clinical stage includes symptoms such as anemia, neurological problems, and swollen limbs.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – this disease is caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii. The species of tick that transmits this disease varies depending on geographic location. It is not that common in Canada. As with other tick-borne diseases, clinical signs include poor appetite, non-specific muscle/joint pain, fever, coughing, and swelling of the face or legs.

Our 4Dx blood test screens for both heartworm and diseases carried by ticks including Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis. Avoiding grassy, wooded, areas and proper tick prevention can help minimize the risk of exposure. Talk to your Veterinarian today about tick prevention!

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital