Piroplasmosis in dogs
Piroplasmosis is a disease transmitted by ticks . Babesia canis (agent of piroplasmosis or babesiosis) is a protozoan that parasitizes the red blood cells of the dog and burst them.
The dog affected by piroplasmosis has a high temperature, jaundice (jaundice) ) and dark urine (cognac color). It is slaughtered, and can sometimes vomit.
The clinical diagnosis is confirmed by a blood smear
The treatment of piroplasmosis
Treated in time, this disease usually heals quite well , but be careful because it can be fatal if the master hesitates before consulting with his veterinarian. In France there are high risk areas and lower risk areas, but the disease tends to spread to all regions
To protect your dog , it is of course necessary to fight the ticks, which are the vectors of the disease, and to have it vaccinated.
Vaccination is carried out from the age of five months, usually during the month of April, to avoid the epidemiological peak of the disease. Vaccine failures have been observed in vaccinated dogs in September or October, ie during the peak of piroplasmosis.
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