Following recent reports of cases in the UK, here is an update on the tick bourne disease Babesiosis!
Protozoal parasite of the red blood cell
Transmitted by: Ticks
Where do Ticks live?
Forest and rough grazing including campsites!
France, Southern Europe but as far north as Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, recently southern UK
Feeding activity of Tick
Especially Spring and Autumn
Prevention of Tick bites
Prevent tick attachment – repellent collars (Scalibor for dogs)
Treatments to kill attached ticks – Frontline (cats) or Advantix (dogs), Bravecto
Daily checking and removal of ticks using Tick Hook
Speed of onset of illness
Rapid onset disease is possible
Clinical signs of illness
Due to haemolytic anaemia (destruction of the red blood cells). Pale mucus membranes, jaundice, weakness, fast breathing, red urine, collapse, death