Know the Risks: 7 Deadly Tick-Transmitted Diseases Every Pet Owner Should Recognize

Ticks are more than just a nuisance; they are carriers of deadly diseases that can seriously affect your pet’s health. With the warming climate and increased travel to Europe, the risks are higher than ever. Are you aware of the dangers lurking in your garden and beyond?

1. Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease, caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, is increasingly common in the UK. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, and lameness, which can escalate if left untreated.

2. Babesiosis

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Once rare in the UK, Babesiosis is on the rise due to warmer temperatures. This disease, prevalent in mainland Europe, causes severe anaemia and can be fatal without prompt veterinary care.

3. Ehrlichiosis

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Ehrlichiosis, transmitted by the brown dog tick, is becoming more common with European travel. It can lead to chronic infections affecting your dog’s bone marrow, resulting in severe health issues.

4. Anaplasmosis

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Found in both the UK and Europe, Anaplasmosis can cause fever, lethargy, and joint pain. The increasing presence of the tick Ixodes ricinus, the primary carrier, makes this disease a growing threat.

5. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

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Though rare in the UK, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can affect dogs traveling to or from Europe. This severe disease causes fever, rash, and potentially fatal complications if not treated quickly.

6. Tick-Borne Encephalitis

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With more UK residents taking their dogs to Europe, Tick-Borne Encephalitis is a concern. This viral infection can lead to neurological problems, making it vital to protect your pet from tick bites.

7. Hepatozoonosis

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Hepatozoonosis, contracted through ingestion of infected ticks, is a rising threat due to climate change and increased travel. It causes muscle pain, fever, and weight loss, often requiring long-term treatment.

Don’t Be Complacent: Act Now to Protect Your Pet

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Your pet’s life could depend on your awareness and proactive measures against these deadly tick-borne diseases. Ensure you take all necessary precautions, especially if traveling to Europe. Are you prepared to defend your beloved companion against these hidden killers?

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