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What are Babesiosis?

Babesiosis has an incubation period of about two weeks, so there is often a delay of at least two weeks from infection to the appearance of symptoms. However, symptoms can be very slow to manifest, and cases can be unrecognized for years. Dogs are affected by Babesiosis at rates unrelated to sex, age, and breed. Risk correlates positively with environmental and seasonal exposure to ticks and negatively with proper tick prevention and removal.

Babesiosis is a type of parasitic disease caused by infection of the Babesia genus of protozoal piroplasms, most commonly transmitted through ticks. Similar to malaria, babesiosis can affect humans and cattle as well as dogs, and is also known as Texas cattle fever, Redwater, and piroplasmosis.

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Symptoms of Babesiosis in Dogs

The babesiosis piroplasms infect a dog’s red blood cells, causing hemolytic anemia in which red blood cells are destroyed, and excess hemoglobin is released. Excessive hemoglobin can lead to jaundice. An infected dog’s body will fight to produce more red blood cells in order to replace the ones that are lost, but if it cannot produce enough, anemia occurs. The clinical symptoms of babesiosis infection are:

  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Unusual urine color
  • Unusual stool color
  • Yellow or orange-tinged skin
  • Pale Gums
Types
  • Babesia canis - large piroplasms
  • Babesia canis canis - reported in the U.S., Africa, Asia and Australia
  • Babesia canis vogeli - most virulent, reported in Africa
  • Babesia canis rossi - reported in Europe
  • Babesia gibnosi - small piroplasms, reported worldwide
  • Babesia conradae - small piroplasms, reported only in California

Causes of Babesiosis in Dogs

While the most common cause for babesiosis infection in dogs is transmission through ticks via bite, there are additional causes. Your dog may be infected through direct transmission from an infected animal, also via bite, or through the transfusion of infected blood.

Diagnosis of Babesiosis in Dogs

You can aid the veterinarian in diagnosis by bringing your dog in for treatment as soon as you notice symptoms and providing information on the onset as well as any relevant possible causes. Be sure to mention if you have found ticks on your dog recently or lapsed in tick prevention, or if you dog has recently been bitten or received a blood transfusion.

A complete physical examination will be conducted, including a urinalysis and electrolyte panel in order to rule out other possible causes for your dog’s symptoms and assess overall health. However, the most important element for diagnosis is the analysis of your dog’s blood.

In most cases, in addition to a complete blood count, which will measure your dog’s red and white blood cell levels and indicate anemia if present, as well as a chemical blood profile, further analysis of blood samples will be needed. These are a Wright’s stain, which is a histologic stain that allows the veterinarian to differentiate between blood cell types during examination under a microscope in order to identify infection, and immunofluorescent antibody tests, which provoke a reaction to the Babesia organisms and can help differentiate between species and subspecies. Further, a biological sample can be tested through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in order to draw out DNA and is a more conclusive indicator of species and subspecies of the parasite.

Treatment of Babesiosis in Dogs

There are treatment methods that have proven effective in suppressing symptoms; however, Babesia infections are often persistent, and even after a recovery, your dog will be considered a permanent latent carrier of the infection. Your dog will be treated with one of several anti-infective agents, depending on the species of Babesia causing the infection. These drugs will be administered intravenously, typically in two doses spaced apart by 14 or so days. Pentamidine isethionate, a drug developed to treat pneumonia, may be used for all species. However, dogs infected with Babesia canis will often be treated by imidocarb disproportionate, which is a urea derivative developed as an antiprotozoal agent specifically for treatment of parasitic infections. Babesia gibsoni and Babesia conradae are the most difficult to treat, and require a combination cocktail of pentamidine isethionate and atovaquone, another pneumonia treatment drug.

Recovery of Babesiosis in Dogs

The majority of dogs treated respond excellently and will make a rapid clinical recovery. However, there is a possibility of persistent parasitemia in which the infection and its symptoms persist despite treatment. For this reason, you will need to schedule regular follow-up appointments after treatment in order to continue testing for infection. Clinical recovery is defined as three negative polymerase chain reaction tests in a row. Even after recovery, there is a risk of relapse at any time throughout your dog’s life. As with any recovery be sure to closely monitor your dog for the reappearance of symptoms and seek veterinary help as soon as symptoms reappear.

It’s important to know that your dog is a latent carrier of the parasite for life, making her ineligible for blood donation and a risk of transmission to other dogs. Always discourage and prevent dog fights in order to protect other dogs from getting infected. If your home has the presence of multiple dogs, or your dog has recently been in a kennel, notify the kennel and take your other dogs into the veterinarian in order to get tested. In order to prevent further infection, keep your dog on year-round tick prevention and closely examine his skin and fur after he has been in areas that may harbor ticks.

Babesiosis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bryan
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog has been diagnosed with babiosis. He has lack of appetite and has stopped eating anything. I force feed him biscuits, bananas, boiled chicken and rice. His vet has started giving him 2.5 ml Terramycin injection, RL saline, 0.5 ml Hepamerz injection, 1ml Stemetil injection and Rabeprazole injections. He is also a little lethargic. I would like to know how long does dogs with babiosis take to recover. Are the above mentioned medications going to recover him fully. I am really worried as he does not want to eat anything. His urine is too yellow no matter how much he drinks water. I sometimes add ORS powder to his water. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment for Babesiosis is dependent on the specific species of Babesia which is affecting Bryan, Terramycin (oxytetracycline) has mixed result in dogs but again it depends on the specific species of Babesia Bryan is suffering from. The link below has some interesting information on treatment of Babesiosis in dogs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/canine-babesiosis-proceedings

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Candy
Boxer
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Babesia gibsoni and ehrlichia canis is visible in my dog report what is the treatment?

UNIT FINDING
SGOT(AST) U/L 117.0
SGPT(ALT) U/L 86.9
BLOOD UREA MG/DL 72.6
CREATININE MG/DL 1.0
HAEMOGLOBIN G/DL 4.6
TLC THOU/MM3 2.5
DLC NEOTROPHILS % 79
RBC MILL/MM3 4.32
PCV % 28.4
MCH PG 10.6
MCHC G/DL 16.1
PLATELET COUNT THOU/MM3 156
RDW-CV 0.388
ESR MM/HR 40

AGE 3 YEARS FEMALE BOXER
BLACK STOOL AND ALSO STOP EATING
AND ALSO RED COLOUR ROUND SPOTS ON BELLY

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without the reference ranges for these lab results, they don't have much meaning to me, but the platelet count and PCV seem low. If Candy tested positive for Babesia and Ehrlichia, those tick borne diseases are typically treated with a course of antibiotics and antiprotozoal medications. Your veterinarian can guide you in the treatment for these conditions, and you will want to follow up with them, as both of these can linger. Tick prevention would be a good idea, as well.

Can you use metronidazole as an antiprotozoan drugs in case of canine babisiosis

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Bacardi
Labrador
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Biting tail continuously
Eating grass and soil heavily
Loose stools
Head bent down always
Pallor
Tiredness

Medication Used

Neurobion 3 dose
Clindamycin 3 dose
Methyl pred 5 dose
Imido carb 1 dose

My dog (labrador) is diagnosed with Babesia Canis.
One dose of imidocarb, 3 doses iv clindamycin and 5 dose methylpred has been taken as per veterinary doctors advice.
What to do next in treatment?
Pls help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally the treatment for Babesia canis is two doses of imidocarb given two or three weeks apart; other supportive therapy is given as required in the interim. After this second dose, Bacardi’s condition should be reevaluated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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simba
Labrador
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi,
I have a Labrador , 8 year old , Simba

Mid march he started limping on one leg and i suddenly felt weird so i went to the vet we were seeing since past 8 years for vaccinations and other basic health issues. The doc said he will be alright in 7 days , he is limping because of muscle stretch or something but the condition just gotten worse . he started limping even badly . gradually the limping shifted from front right leg to both front legs. Then we went to another vet who asked us to do a blood test in which we found platelet counts are low . so we started giving him injections and all. after some time limping gradually grew with all 4 legs and now he is unable to stand , walk or stay balanced . when we lift him up with harness his paws are folding backside as if he has no control over them. the condition is worse now ... he was vomiting for 3-4 days which stopped and we gave him imidocarb injection and now giving him all the medicine the vet told us . but after 10-11 days of daily appointments to vet made him more weak and now he is not even active. good thing is that his breathing is normal and he pees regularly . Please help with this matter as our dog is very very close to us

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Simba, that is quite terrible. Without knowing more about his lab work and the treatments that he has been receiving, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on with him, whether it is a problem with his bloodwork and systemic function, or if it is a neurologic problem. He may need a referral to a specialist to have further testing and determine what is going on with him. Your veterinarian can refer you to an appropriate specialist in your area. I hope that he is okay.

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Puppy
pit bull terrier
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue
Excessive Saliva
Abnormal gum

My pit mix recently went on a two hour trip through a heavily wooded area and came back with over 40 ticks on him, he’s been sleeping for the past two/three days & has been going potty in the house which isn’t like him. He feels like he has a fever and his gums are not as pink as usual.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since any number of things may have happened to him while he was unattended for two hours, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as his condition may or may not be related to the heavy tick infestation. I hope that he is okay.

I would almost certainly suggest your dog got Babesia Gibsoni from a deer tick if you live in the southeastern US. Get a PCR test done by your vet to check for all Babesia. The fact your dog is a pit bull terrier makes him significantly greater chance of receiving this particular virus. It is treatable but many doctors diagnose it as IMHA and never even check.

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TEENA
Bullmastiff
2YEARS
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

Clindamycin Hydrochloride

MY BULLMASTIF DOG CALLED "TEENA"
SHE DIAGNOSED WITH BABESIOSIS AND SEVERELY AFFECTED IN 3 MONTHS BACK AND TREATED WITH IMIDOCARD ,FLAGYL AND CLINDAMYCIN AND FINALLY SHE RECIEVED BLOOD TRANSFUSION.
THEN SHE RECOVERED AND FEED WELL.
THEN AGAIN SHE DEVELOPED LOSS OF APPETITE,NAUSEA,VOMITING,YELLOWISH MUCUS MEMBRANE .
AGAIN BABESIOSIS IS POSITIVE.
VET STARED TO GIVE CLINDAMYCIN IM 600 MG ONCE DAILY
STILL HER APPETITE IS NOT IMPROVED WELL.
MY QUESTION

HOW LONG I HAVE TO GIVE CLINDAMYCIN
IS IT SEROIUS RELAPSES THAN 1 ATTACK?

PLEASE HELP ME

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment of Babesiosis depends on the specific species of Babesia infecting Teena, imidocarb and clindamycin are treatments of choice for different types of Babesia; it is important to ensure that the correct species has been identified. Clindamycin is normally given for around ten weeks or more depending on the severity of the infection but should be directed by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/Canine%20Babesiosis.pdf

great advice

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Isis
pitbull
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

My dog is an 8 year old pitbull. I got her as a puppy, but the people we got her from were not reputable breeders. Anyway, she had an episode one night of shaking and acting drowsy. Took her to an emergency clinic and she got subcutaneous fluids and her PCV was 36. Went home that night. Next afternoon she peed blood. Rushed her to another vet, they ran multiple labs, including organ function. Liver enzymes were very elevated; ALT 365. Her PCV FOT AS LOW AS 14, started prednisone, went to 18. After a blood transfusion, IV antibiotics, fluids, ultrasound, liver biopsy, chest X-ray, and six night in the emergency clinic, she has been diagnosed with IMHA. Liver biopsy does show a toxin, but I guess it's not specific at all. PCV is staying around 24. Could this be Babesiosis?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Toxins may cause anaemia as well as parasites like Babesia and many other conditions; Babesia can be diagnosed by looking at a blood smear, but in cases of Babesia we would also expect to see thrombocytopenia and the blood counts as well. It looks like immune mediated haemolytic anaemia is probably the cause due to the response with corticosteroid therapy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I didn't realize I didn't say she started with low platelets, then they re-checked and said she had zero. Now her platelets are high, so she's on Plavix and Heparin. Are biopsies really that non specific? It can show that a toxin possibly damaged the organ, but can't decide if it's acetaminophen, pesticides, or toxin from a plant?

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Cannie
Cavapoo
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Concentrated urine, pale, lethargy

Medication Used

Atovaquone-proguanil, azithromycin,

Diagnosed with tick fever / babesiosis in Jan. early symptoms include lethargy, heavy panting, pale, lack of appetite, dark coloured urine. took atovaquone/azithromycin for 5 days and required blood transfusion. Recheck mid Jan showed improved blood count (plt 36 to 146)
End February appear pale, lethargic and lack of appetite. Blood count shows Low platelet (30) and slight anemia (hb 11), took a 10 day course of atovaquone/azithromycin. Early march blood count revealed great improvement - platelet 350, hb 14.

Mid april appear lethargic but not so pale. Took blood count again - platelet 20 hb 13.6, started on atovaquone-proguanil/azithromycin and doxycycline.

What is the duration for babesiosis, is current treatment helpful and what is the prognosis for her currently?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Babesia typically affects the red blood cells more than the platelets, so I'm not sure how to comment on Cannie's signs and the minimal lab work that you have described. She may be affected by other tick borne diseases that do affect platelets, and may need to be on a longer term course of antibiotics. Doxycycline is one that is quite commonly used to treat tick borne diseases, and is usually given for 3-4 weeks, if not longer. Without knowing more about her and her condition, I cannot comment on her treatment or prognosis, but that may be helpful.

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Gizmo
Boxer
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Tires Easily

My dog had a black thick with red stripes on his head. I removed it and today i had him at the vet. They gave him, Berelin, Catosal, Colvosone, and Rucenta VitB complex. When i got home with him he peed blood and started to vommit. I force feed him oxtail soup and energade. He ran two time to vommit tonight and the second time he just fell over. As if he is giving up. He is totally of balance so weak he cannot stand. I am so worried please can you tell me if he needs more severe care is he going to be fine. I am heartbroken at this point and i can only take him back to the vet tomorrow.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It seems that Gizmo may need emergency care this evening, if there is a 24 hour facility near you, from your description. Since I cannot examine him, I'm not sure what is going on with him exactly, but if there isn't a 24 hour care facility, your veterinarian should have an after hours number to contact. I hope that he is okay.

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teena
Bullmastiff
2years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

loss of appetite and yellowish gums

Medication Used

Clindamycin Hydrochloride

thank you for answer my question
my teena has been suffering from babesiosis and is on clindamycin im 600 mg daily with norfloxacin

her HB 11mg and
sgpt 864 i/l and serum creatinine 0.64 mg/dl
her appetite is lost and urine is dark colour
what you thinking about clindamycin usage in this dog and further management of this dogs with clindamycin

please help me
related to previuos question

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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My original answer stated that there are different species of Babesia and they respond differently to different medications so Babesia canis vogeli is treated with one medication (imidocarb) whereas Babesia gibsoni is treated with another medication (clindamycin). The correct identification of the Babesia will help in the treatment; I cannot advise you further without know the specific Babesia infecting Teena. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi! My last rescue was chronically ill with what we found to be a co-infection of erlichia and Babesia vogeli. She responded well to treatment but it took some time almost a full year for her platlets to get back to normal as they were so low. I do a follow up CBC/chem every 3-4 months and she just had a normal ultrasound. She is coming up to be due for her 3 yr core vaccines and I am concerned bc of the pantocypenia. I know this originally caused from ticks but now do I have to worry about introducing things to her immune system? I have had a hard time finding research on this

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coco
Shih Tzu
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia
Fever
Chills
Not eating
Lethargy

Medication Used

imidocarb, mycothrob, vit. c, dexorange, otc, etc

My dog is detected with babesia canis. His haemoglobin is 7.3 is on antibiotics and drip.
How many days does it take to recover?
Is babesia a lifetime disease?
What all precautions should I take after treatment?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment of Babesiosis may result in a lifelong persistent asymptomatic infection and would be categorised as a carrier for the rest of their life. Recovery from the symptoms is dependent on the severity of the infection and other underlying factors but may be as long as a month or so. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/canine-babesiosis1/

Supportive therapy ...wat to be given??

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Zoey
Husky
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lack of appetite

Medication Used

Doxycycline

My zoey had coloured urine for a week , and i took him to the clinic where he was diagnosed with babiosis... he was then started on iv doxycycline.. Platelet count is 35000, hb is 5.5.how severe is the disease and how long to recovery?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout much more information on Zoey's lab work and physical condition, I cannot comment on his expected recovery. It is best to ask your veterinarian what their opinion is on his condition and recovery, as they know all the details of his condition.

Hey there, I have been reading this comment. My dog has been diagnosed with babiosis and has the same symptoms. He has lack of appetite and has stopped eating anything. I force feed him biscuits, bananas, boiled chicken and rice. His vet has started giving him 2.5 ml Terramycin injection, RL saline, 0.5 ml Hepamerz injection, 1ml Stemetil injection and Rabeprazole injections. He is also a little lethargic. I would like to know how long does dogs with babiosis take to recover. How long did your dog take and how is he now?

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