The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is doing an urgent appeal for all animal owners who need to ensure that their furry friend’s tick and flea management is up to date.
According to the Cape SPCA, the animal hospital has seen a great increase in tick fever-related cases and deaths.
Veterinarian, Dr Stephan Spamer says “Owners are waiting too long to seek veterinary assistance, allowing the disease to progress to an advanced stage.”
Most dogs suffer from acute or subacute forms of Tick Fever, but both acute and severe forms of Babesiosis in dogs can be fatal without veterinary help.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s hospital ICU has almost reached its capacity with seven cases that are in need of high care supportive treatment.
Ticks carry diseases and if they are left too long, the chances of your doggo getting tick-borne diseases with other serious complications is high.
The disease is caused by a tiny parasite called ‘Babesia canis’ which gets into your dogs’ system via a tick bite. Babesiosis causes anaemia with the parasites destroying red blood cells.
All dog owners should make sure their pets receive regular dipping, especially in spring and summer and make use of long-acting solutions such as chewable tablets, tick collars or tick sprays.