Babesiosis is a serious, even fatal disease. Very soon after a tick starts its blood meal on your dog, there is a risk of infection.
As all outdoor-loving dog walkers know, dogs are true tick magnets! It is therefore important that you protect your dog and prevent ticks from biting.
Babesiosis is a parasitic disease caused by a parasite called Babesia.
Ticks pick up Babesia from infected animals and may pass it to a healthy dog during their next bite. Once inside, the tiny parasites attack and destroy the red blood cells, causing severe anaemia and other complications, which can be fatal.
Babesiosis is a major threat and is spreading.
It may vary from dog to dog but it generally takes a few days (about 5-10) after the infectious tick-bite before signs of babesiosis start to show.
The first signs of babesiosis are generally a change in the mood of the dog: unusual laziness or unhappiness should make you look more carefully at your furry friend.
If you suspect babesiosis, do not wait! Take your dog to see the vet as soon as possible! The sooner a sick dog is under veterinary care, the better.
Don’t forget to check your dog for ticks immediately after a walk in wooded areas or in high grass.
It is crucial to use a parasiticide product to kill ticks but also to repel them in order to avoid the bite.
See the video to learn more about the disease
Ask your veterinarian for advice
Use a spot on product with immediate repellent effect.
Repel and kill ticks before they bite and transmit parasites.
Reduce exposure by avoiding highly tick infested areas where you walk your dog.
Go faster than the infection by checking your dog and removing any ticks daily.