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Canine Babesiosis Is Notoriously Hard to Diagnose and Treat — Far Simpler to Prevent

If this nasty parasite gains access to your dog, the symptoms can range from nothing at all to multiple organ failure. Diagnosis is a major challenge, and once lodged in your dog's system, it's notoriously difficult to obliterate it. Instead, take this step daily to prevent the problem.

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Babesiosis, a tick-borne disease caused by the Babesia parasite, is a relatively common infection in dogs, but has not been reported in domestic cats in the U.S.
  • Dogs who spend time outdoors and in wooded areas are at increased risk for tick-borne infections like babesiosis, especially during the summer months
  • Symptoms of babesiosis can range from none to quite severe, depending on the species of parasite involved and the ability of the dog’s immune system to fight infection. Symptoms may come and go as the disease runs its course. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is the best method for detecting a Babesia infection
  • Adjunctive natural support for a dog with babesiosis can include beta-glucans, medicinal mushrooms, curcumin, olive leaf, and cat’s claw, as well as hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy
  • Prevention of tick-borne infections involves checking your dog daily for the presence of ticks and safely removing any you find. The longer a tick stays attached to your dog, the higher the risk for parasite transmission

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