Jazzy's bloodwork came back today, results say she was exposed to anaplasmosis but they're not entirely sure she has it. The only symptom she really has is the lethargy but no muscle pain. Anyone know anything about this disease? It's tick born. (Thanks Advantix, you worked great! Not...)
I've never heard of it before. Riley had lyme a year ago. Is it similar I wonder?
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 12/15/2006 4:53:48 PM*** Reason: spelling
It appears so, chickie....I never heard of it either...
What I have found so far...
Anaplasma is a parasite of red blood cells and vectors are necessary for its transmission between animals. Ticks are the natural vectors and a range of tick species has been shown to be capable of transmitting infection (Boophilus, Dermacentor, Rhipicephalus, Ixodes, Hyalomma, Argas and Ornithodoros). In the absence of ticks, biting flies can maintain the disease though these are less efficient vectors.
The cattle tick, Boophilus microplus, is the major vector for anaplasmosis in Australia, Rhipicephalus sanguineus has also been shown to be capable of transmitting infection. Biting flies are considered important in the USA.
I've said it before and I will say it agian, Advantage and Advantix are NOT products you should be using if your dog is frequently bathed or in and out of water... as your dogs I know are, LOR. I know the packaging *says* it is water resistant but the reality is that I've been told by veterinarians and dog owners that it becomes half it's efficacy every time the dog is in water or takes a bath. Frontline products are the only spot on products that are really water resistant/proof.
Well I go by the advice of my vet who says Advantix is the only one to use in this area. Frontline Plus didn't do squat for them, in fact I found more ticks while using Frontline Plus. I put the Advantix on every 3 weeks and still find ticks. They haven't been in water in about a month yet I'm still finding ticks.
She's on an antiobiotic for 2 months.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 12/15/2006 6:49:51 PM*** Reason: add
Ash, that 'new prevention' did he mention if it's flea and tick? Cause if we come back again, we are SO using something that does ticks.. No more revolution since it's pointless for the ticks we encountered.
When I did switch to frontline plus for about 3 months it was 3 months of nonstop tick pulling. Advantix isnt as bad... I find 1 or 2 a month on them.. except last month was bad. I think becasue it was so cold, then really warm, then cold again... ticks arent dying off. Ugh.
LOR, after applying advantix, how long do you wait until you shower or bathe your dogs? My friend uses advantix and he usually waits a week before showering his dogs. He told me that if he did it beforehand, some ticks are still a live. I prefer Frontline Plus, I usually wait three or fours days after applying frontline to bathe my dog. I tried bathing him two days after applying fronline, and there were still fleas on him. I think the medication needs time more time to absorb into the dog's skin. Good Luck! =).
***Edited By: finalsphere on 12/15/2006 9:43:39 PM*** Reason: typos.
yeah, usually ticks come out during warmer conditions, but don't nymphs or adult ticks usually bite more during colder weather? and, i don't mean freezing literally because that would kill the ticks. i just meant cold. =).
I have found that the Preventic Tick Collar (NOT flea and tick) works great for up to 4 months. Active ingredient is Amitraz (same as in Mitaban dip used for demodec mange). It is also marketed as Taktic dip in the feed stores. I live in a high tick area and mix my own Taktic as a spray on. It kills any live ticks almost immediately and the residual lasts for awhile if they don't get continually wet. I found most other topicals are not as effective anymore as well. Taktic does not smell all that great until it dries but works very good. I still like the Preventic Tick collars best and a good bargain at around $10 for 4 months.
As far as Frontline...I don't think the newer frontline plus is nearly as effective as the old frontline, and I still think the frontline spray works the best of all their products if going that route in prevention.