Even though the majority of bites are harmless, various species may transmit parasites which cause diseases. Among theses diseases are anaplasmosis, babesiosis, lyme-disease and one called Ehrlichiosis.
These diseases occur throughout the year but increase with the seasonal changes. When an individual is affected the same is converted into a transmitter of the disease to other animals and people. Transmission occurs through the blood while other secretions such as saliva have been ruled out.
The early diagnosis avoids unnecessary suffering, reduces the period of illness and improves the quality of life. Fast diagnostic techniques (eight minutes) are available.
In order to check the animal for ticks, we have to examine our pet from head to tail, primarily in the areas of high blood flow such as the ears, in the case of dogs each time they come back from a walk. This way, the transmission of a disease by an infected tick can be prevented. We can remove the tick manually by applying alcohol or oil to it thus avoided having to pull out the tick so that the head is not torn off with the mouth part remaining in the skin thus causing abscesses and itchiness.
Within the preventive program, the administration of antiparasite products seems vital. In order to control the population of ticks, the products are applied to the area around the house where the pets remain most of the time.
Don't forget to have your pet examined once a year. If it has already suffered from the disease have it examined twice a year and observe changes in its behavior and remember that we live in an area with high incidence. In case of doubts or for consultations please call Coopecobano R.L. at 642-0424 or Dr. German Cifuentes at 847-8173.
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