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All About Anaplasmosis

If you’re looking for a knowledgeable, caring Sullivan County veterinarian, we are happy to welcome you and your furry loved one into our family of pet-loving professionals. We are the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County located in Ferndale.  We treat a wide range of pet illnesses and injuries as well as conduct routine pet preventative care exams. We have been proudly serving Sullivan County for the past 64 years and are the only veterinary hospital in the area accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. We are happy to welcome pets of all sizes, from dogs and cats to a wide variety of exotic pets. Our highly skilled staff can quickly examine, diagnose and treat your precious pet and help to keep him/her in tip-top shape all year round.

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What is Anaplasmosis?

Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease which comes from the bacteria, Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It can result from a deer tick bite or a western black-legged tick bite. When dogs contract the disease, it can be in two different forms: the aforementioned Anaplasma phagocytophilium or Anaplasma platys, in which a dog’s platelets are infected. Anaplasmosis from deer tick bites are more common in New England and the North Central region of the United States, while infections that come from western black-legged tick bites, as the name implies, are typically found in Northern California. In both regions, the riskiest time for Anaplasmosis to occur is in the spring and summer.

Can Anaplasmosis Transmitted to Humans?

Yes. Anaplasmosis is transmitted to humans through infected ticks. However, it is more common that humans are infected during the adult phase of the tick cycle. Animals, on the other hand, can easily be infected at any stage in the tick life cycle. The disease can be detected by a complete physical examination and series of specialized blood and lab tests. It’s important to be vigilant about outdoor activity, especially at high risk times of the year and if you live in an endemic area. Always err on the side of caution and try to please be aware of any infectious ticks for both you and your dog’s safety.

How is Anaplasmosis Treated?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Anaplasmosis should be treated with antibiotics, typically doxycycline, for ten to fourteen days. Longer treatment may be necessary if there is a suspicion of Lyme Disease also being present.

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As your neighborhood family vet, we want to help you and your pet overcome any issues with discomfort, pain, injury or illness. You can call us anytime with questions about your pet’s health or simply schedule an appointment for us to get to know your pet. We are pleased to offer a FREE phone consultation to all new patients!

We look forward to meeting you and becoming an important part of your pet’s health care and maintenance team.

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