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What are Anaplasmosis?

When trying to figure out if your dog is suffering from anaplasmosis there are a few things to be aware of. While this tick-borne disease is prevalent throughout the entire United States, it has been found to be higher in the Northeastern United States, upper Midwest and the West Coast. Large dog breeds may also be at a higher risk of contracting this tick-borne disease.

Your dog may develop flu-like symptoms such as lethargy, pain and fever. Due to these symptoms being very vague, it will be important to know where your dog has been recently and to check him for any recent tick exposure. Anaplasmosis is often confused with lyme disease as they are carried by the same family of ticks and can produce very similar symptoms. It has been found that where there is lyme disease there is typically also anaplasmosis. It has been found that as little as 24 hours of tick feeding and up to 5 days could result in your dog contracting the illness.

Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease that can spread to your dog through contact with ticks. This is a bacterial disease that is one of the 3 most common tick-borne illnesses in dogs in the United States.

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Symptoms of Anaplasmosis in Dogs

Your dog may exhibit vague symptoms and signs of discomfort or that something is not quite right with him. It will be important to look for recent tick bites, or current ticks attached to your dog. Be aware of where you live and of the more specific symptoms he may display. Symptoms can be present as soon as 2 weeks after exposure and can last up to 20 days. 

  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • Weight loss
  • Bloody nose
  • Malaise
  • Fever
  • General pain 
  • Joint pain
  • Lameness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Labored breathing
  • Meningitis
  • Seizure activity
  • Ataxia

Types

There are 2 strains of anaplasmosis that your dog may contract – neutrophilic canine anaplasmosis which is caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum. The second one is thrombocytotropic anaplasmosis and is caused by A. platys.

Anaplasma phagocytophilum (A. phagocytophilum) 

  • Acute febrile illness also known as fever, chills and muscle/joint pain
  • Found in northern regions, upper Midwest and the West Coast
  • Transmitted by black legged deer ticks

A. platys 

  • Can create a low platelet count in your dog.
  • Found in southern regions
  • Transmitted by brown dog ticks
  • Reported throughout the entire United States

Causes of Anaplasmosis in Dogs

The only cause of anaplasmosis in your dog is by him contracting the disease via a tick bite. There is some indication that your dog could be infected by direction contact with medical tools contaminated by the infection (blood transfusions or needles) but this is very rare.

Diagnosis of Anaplasmosis in Dogs

If you find yourself concerned about your dog and he is displaying symptoms with no other explanation, a trip to his veterinarian may be in order. Your veterinarian will most likely perform an antibody test to determine if your dog tests positive for the bacteria. However, she may also ask for a blood draw in order to definitively find out what your dog has contracted as a positive test does not necessary mean they have the disease, but rather they have been in contact with it. Due to anaplasmosis symptoms looking very similar to lyme disease, it will be very important for your veterinarian to figure how to best treat your pet. Your veterinarian may want to also perform a full physical examination on him to see if he has a fever, any current ticks, feeding spots from a past tick, and more. 

Be prepared to relay as much information as you can at the appointment so your veterinarian can make a correct diagnosis. Has your dog been outside in any areas that he could have come into contact with ticks recently? It will also be important to recall and share with the veterinarian whether you have had to remove any ticks from your pet of late. 

It will also be important to discuss with your veterinarian how long your dog has been experiencing symptoms as there are symptoms that show up within 2-4 weeks of being exposed, but can continue for months to possibly throughout your dog’s life.

Treatment of Anaplasmosis in Dogs

When it comes time to decide what treatment options will work best for your dog, your veterinarian may suggest a large variety of medications.

  • Doxycycline, orally for 28 days and rarely via IV
  • Minocycline, orally for 28 days and rarely via IV
  • Tetracycline, orally for 28 days (has been found to cause tooth discoloration)
  • Chloramphenicol, orally or via IV for 28 days
  • Imidocarb dipropinoate, once then repeat in 2-3 weeks
  • Amicarbalide once then repeat in 2-3 weeks
  • Short term prednisode, 2-7 days (for severe or life threatening cases)

It has been found that medication administered for less than 28-30 days may not clear up the entire infection. There has been some possibility of reinfection of anaplasmosis even after treatment via tick interaction again or a resurface of the disease.

Recovery of Anaplasmosis in Dogs

Once your dog has been diagnosed with anaplasmosis he may test positive on antibody tests for a few months after being treated. This is important to be aware of in the event you bring your dog to a new veterinarian after being treated.

There are no vaccinations at this time to prevent anaplasmosis; however, you can take preventive measures to help your dog avoid further tick exposure and infection. Using tick medication as recommended by your veterinarian will help your dog to avoid having any ticks attach to him. There are several tick avoidance products to choose from and your veterinarian can help you to determine what will be best for your dog.

In the event you do find a tick on your dog there are proper ways to remove it from him. This includes being cautious not to come into contact with the tick or any of it’s body parts by using gloves, forceps or tick removing devices. It can also be helpful to bring in the tick to your veterinarian if you remove one from your dog so that they can test it for any diseases. Removing the tick within 24-48 hours can also help to prevent the transmission of any diseases. 

Lastly, keep the area your dog roams in clean and free of overgrown weeds and grass. Checking your dog regularly for any ticks, bites, etc can also help to ensure infection does not go unnoticed.

Anaplasmosis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Miss Lincoln
American Bulldog
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

My American Bulldog was diagnosed with Anaplasmosis without my asking for a CBC, How is this determined without a blood test, Of which I never ordered. by the way. She shows no symptoms & is on strick tick preventatives.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A presumptive diagnosis can be made when a dog is showing symptoms of joint pain, lethargy, fever and loss of appetite; in an asymptomatic animal, laboratory tests are required to diagnose Anaplasmosis. Speak with your Veterinarian about the diagnostic steps and the rationale behind the diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boone
Redbone Coonhound
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

105.6 fever, lethargy, joint pain,

I love my Vet but from everything I am reading all other Vet give a 30 day treatment of Doxycycline, our Vet is only priscribing a 2 week script, my dog is very sick, when I took him in he had a temp of 105.6 and his PLT was only 16k after 3 day of Doxy it is not 81K, I am worried 2 weeks is not sufficiant .. what is your advice .. thank you!

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If I was you, I would speak with your Veterinarian; it is possible that your Veterinarian gave you two weeks of doxycycline so that you would return at two weeks for a checkup and to pick up another two or three weeks worth of doxycycline. Treatment with doxycycline at 5-10mg/kg (around 2.5-5mg/lb) twice per day for thirty days is a standard treatment plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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whisky
Beagle
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

hello my dog's name is whisky we went for his blood test and the vet found that he is having b.gibsoni and anaplasmosis in his blood his platelets were around 75000 and his hb was 5.9 he was not able to move with his back legs and was not eating food bt now he starte walking but iam worried about his platelets and hb

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Low platelet counts are a common finding in dogs with Babesia and Anaplasmosis, whilst the platelet counts are low they are not grave but require constant monitoring; as treatment becomes effective platelet counts should increase. Follow the treatment directed by your Veterinarian and it is important to not give any glucocorticoids or immunosuppressive drugs during treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/Canine%20Babesiosis.pdf

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vik
West Highland White Terrier
6
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Hi,

my dog was diagnosed with anaplasmosis yesterday. Vet did just a quick test, no titer test. He gave him an injection of Imizol and Oxsitetraciklin. He had a very bad reaction, after 1 hour he was all itchy, than after5 hours he was shaking and i thing the spot where he was injected hurt him, after 8 hours he almost could not stand on his feet...he was better in the morning but still not good. I do not know why the vet give him all this injections as i do not see they are a treatment of choice for anaplasmosis. He also gave Roanaxan for 10 days which he should star yesterday, but considring the situation how poorly he was from the 2 injections i did not give it to him yet. He did not have any anoplasmosis simptoms before, the test was done just by chance on my wish. What do you think. Should i do the titer test, should i wait till he is better and than start roaxan, and i also am not sure if 10 days dose will do anything. thanks

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is debate in the veterinary world regarding the treatment of asymptomatic dogs which seropositive when tested; most research points to not treating a dog which is asymptomatic, but if Vik was showing some symptoms your Veterinarian may have treated to start with. As with other similar diseases, doxycycline (Ronaxan) is the treatment of choice for the treatment of Anaplasmosis and is normally given for thirty days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ella
Shih Tzu/maltese
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Bruise

Medication Used

Doxycycline

Hello,

My dog was diagnosed with anaplasmosis several months ago after having bruising all
over her body. A blood smear and CBC was done and almost no platelets were found. While we waited for the tick panel to come back, she was placed on cyclosporine and prednisone, as the doctor did not believe the low platelet count was caused by a tick borne disease. They were wrong and she began doxycycline several days later. After finishing the doxycycline, another CBC was done and her platelet count was back to normal so we began weaning off the prednisone and cyclosporine. All has been fine for a month or two and she has been on no medications. Now, all of a sudden, she has severe bruising all over her body again and her platelet count is back to almost zero. The doctors believe this is a recurrence of the anaplasmosis. So my question is, is it common/possible for this tick borne disease to recur and so quickly? Is it possible that we weaned her off the immunosuppressants too quickly and her body is having a negative reaction? Thank you so much in advance!

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Animals receiving immunosuppressive therapy are more severely affected by Anaplasmosis; dogs which have recovered may still test positive for the disease; if symptoms are presenting again either the original infection wasn’t fully treated or there has been reinfection by a tick (if Ella was infected once it can happen again). If Ella was reinfected, she may have been more prone to symptomatic disease due to prior immunosuppressive therapy but we cannot know for sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Murphy
Chocolate Lab
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not walking well, very stiff,
Hanging his head, crying when touching his tail

Medication Used

doxycycline, carfopen

I have a chocolate lab 10 years 4 months old. He had anaplasmosis last year in september and then again in november both treated with doxycecyline. I saw a big improvement the last two times however he has been on the medicine since saturday and he is getting worse. He is losing control of his pee and pooing functions. He has a hard time squatting to go to the potty.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment of Anaplasmosis is usually effective and improvement is usually seen within 48 hours of the start of treatment with treatment lasting around 30 days. Treatment may be slow in some cases due to various factors; it has only been two days since treatment commenced, but if there is a worsening of symptoms you may need to revisit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Junior
Labrador Retriever
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures,
Can not stand
Weakness
Very low appetite
Slight increase in sgot & sgpt lab results HB 10.3

Medication Used

Doxycycline
Relaxzyme
Phenobarbital
Vintama
Pancreoflat
Lisybin
Folrex
NS saline
RL
Hepamarz
Tetracycline iv

His lab results confirm anaplasmosis. Ur started with a cloudy eye around the 5th March. We visited the vet thereafter and He has been on doxy from 18March till one week ago when he stopped eating altogether and couldn't standup since then he has been on saline and tetracycline IV. On the 27th he was given immudocarb first doze he stopped eating three days after and major weakness in his hind legs although at this point he could stand and slowly walk around. After the 2nd doze of immudocarb on the 12th he just couldn't stand the next days and developed seizures and is been given phenobarbital. The first day the seizures started 4 days ago he had 7/8 intotality 24/36 hours apart lasting about 20 secs. The phenobarbital atoppwd the seizures 3 days back but Today he had another seizure lasting about 10/12 seconds. Currently been given saline and tetracycline in IV

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally, infections with Anaplasma would present with symptoms of joint pain, lethargy, fever and loss of appetite; severe infections in rare cases can cause seizures and other neurological symptoms. Usually, treatment with doxycycline for thirty days is sufficient and improvement is see within two or three days; however each case is different. From the treatment given, I cannot see any additional medicine to try as the usual medicines have already been employed in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Belle
Australian Shepherd
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Lymph Nodes
Cherry eye
Increased thirst
Swollen snout
Difficulty Walking

Medication Used

Doxycycline
Ciprofloxacin

My 5 year old Australian Shepherd is being treated for lymes disease & anaplasma with Doxycycline & Amoxicillin. She was showing marked improvement but 2 weeks into treatment, I noticed her shaking her head & scratching at her ear as if to have a tic. I began ear drop treatment for tics immediately, as she had already been treated topically for tics. Soon after, all the initial symptoms have returned. She continues on Doxycycline but vet discontinued Amoxicillin & started Cipro. It's been 2 days and still no improvement. I'm afraid she still had the tic deep in her ear & it bit her again? Could symptoms return that quickly? Or could this be something else? Vet is concerned for lymphoma 😥

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a tick in Belle’s ear, your Veterinarian would be able to find it with a otoscope. Treatment is usually for thirty days and improvement is usually seen quite quickly within two days or so; the recurrence of symptoms needs to be reevaluated by your Veterinarian, a biopsy or fine needle aspirate of a swollen lymph node may be useful in directing the course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruben
Chocolate lab
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Platelets lowish

Hi. I am not sure if anyone will answer. But my dog is in the tropics and was treated for "tick fever' sometime last year. I believe he was treated with doxycycline for maybe 14 or 21 days. The platelets are the lower range (which they are again now)..but not disastrously low. I am wondering if the infection never fully cleared. He has no symptoms except we found this through a normal CBC last year. Any ideas?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Doxycycline is the treatment of choice for Anaplasmosis and is usually given for up to three weeks (10 - 21 day range). Recurrence of infections are common and infections may be asymptomatic in some cases and a dog which has been successfully treated by still test positive for some time after treatment. Anaplasmosis would be visible on a blood smear. There are other causes of thrombocytopenia which would need to be ruled out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Holly
blond lab/huskie mix
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

back leg weakness

My dog is currently being treated for a anaplasmosis. She has been on doxycycline for one week and has shown improvement, however is still showing some trembling and muscle weakness in her back legs. Is this typical?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The treatment of anaplasmosis is long, normally treatment is given for 30 days; during this time symptoms may still show and after treatment a dog may still test positive for the bacteria. The prognosis with treatment is favourable, keeping on track with the treatment and close monitoring should resolve the symptoms by the end of the treatment cycle. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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