Spring thaws are an excuse for dog owners to take a long walk with their pet. However, veterinarians in the capital remind that ticks begin to wake up from hibernation with warming.
When bitten, insects can infect a dog with piroplasmosis. This is a rather dangerous parasitic blood disease, which is accompanied by general weakness, high fever, secretion of dark urine, and jaundice. The disease most often occurs in spring and autumn before the onset of cold weather.
To protect your dog, it is necessary to treat it with special anti-tick agents every month from March to October. The main effect of the drugs begins in five to seven days, and while the weather allows you to prepare for the season of illness. You need to process the wool of any animal that goes outside.
The most effective protection will be provided by a combination of drugs: drops and collar or drops and spray. This will be more reliable, because when exposed to rain or after washing, the effect of drops is weakened. In addition, it is important to examine the dog every day after a walk: most often ticks are fixed on the ears and in the auricles, on the neck and chest. It is better not to remove an already fixed tick on your own - inept actions can lead to severe inflammation. Better to entrust this to your veterinarian.
The incubation period for infection with piroplasmosis can last from 10 to 21 days. It is important to see a doctor at the first sign of illness. The disease is well treated in the early stages, and diagnosis requires special laboratory tests.
Vaccination can provide additional protection against disease. Until the end of March, a campaign for comprehensive vaccination against infectious diseases is being held in state veterinary clinics in Moscow, the cost of the service is 900 rubles. Like any vaccine, it does not provide one hundred percent guarantees of protection against infection, its main task is to reduce the number of deaths in case of illness. Last year alone, more than 2,400 cases of piroplasmosis in dogs were registered in the city's state veterinary clinics.
To make an appointment with a doctor, visit mos.ru. You can also call a veterinarian at home by calling the round-the-clock number: +7 (495) 612-04-25.