We recommend to have a Heartworm test done on your dog once a year. We highly recommend to have the combination test done that also tests for diseases that ticks carry. Depending in what state and city you live in, there may be more testing results come out positive for certain diseases than in other areas. Over the years at Pet Hospital, we have had a couple of heartworm positive cases of pets that never left the area. Since Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, it can be common to have a pet that just sits in the backyard and does not travel get the heartworms as the mosquitoes travel to them.
One of the tick diseases that dogs have tested positive for in our facility for is Ehrlichiosis. This disease is transmitted Brown Dog and Lone Star Ticks. Almost every state in the United States has reported a case of ehrlichiosis.
Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world but only causes symptoms in 5-10% of affected dogs. It is caused by a spirochete (bacteria) species of the Borrelia burgdorferi group. When infection leads to disease in dogs, the dominant clinical feature is recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints.
Anaplasmosis is a tickborne disease caused by the infectious bacterial organism Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It is transmitted through bites of the deer tick (also known as the black-legged tick) and western black-legged tick. A lesser form of anaplasmosis is caused by Anaplasma platys and is transmitted by the brown dog tick. Anaplasmosis has been reported worldwide in a wide variety of animals.
The testing that is done here is done by taking a small amount of blood from your dog and sending it out to the lab. We recommend the combination test as your pet may be carrying a tickborne diease but not showing any symptoms. Of course along with the testing, we also recommend to have your pet on a heartworm preventative and also a tick preventative that repels. This will help reduce the chance that your dog will be bitten by mosquitoes and ticks and avoid these diseases.
Call us today to schedule an appointment for testing (714)771-3261.
written by: Susan Lopez from Pet Hospital