When Your Pets Get Tick Sick

List of Various Pets With Testing, Treating & Prevention Info 
Followed By Specific Tick Borne Disease Information 


Dogs given antibiotics early in Lyme disease improve, but there is serious doubt that the organism is ever entirely eliminated from their body. Most veterinarians feel that Lyme disease goes into remission but continues to lurk in the body in some form.


Maps of Reported Cases of Diseases In Dogs

The following maps highlight the number of reported positive cases of ehrlichiosis (E. canis), Lyme disease, heartworm disease and anaplasmosis in dogs across all regions of the United States and Canada. Because so many dogs go untested for tick-borne diseases, the actual number of dogs infected by ticks is likely many times higher than what is shown here.

Kitty Cats


Wild Ponies of Assateague Island

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Goats, Sheep & Camels 

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Additional Tick & Vector Borne Diseases


Bartonella organisms have been detected in ticks, fleas, cats, mice, rats, voles, pigs, dogs, ear mites, lice, flies, bobcats, elk, animal saliva, dust mites, dolphins, striped skunks, raccoons, mountain lions, bats, leeches, bed bugs, monkeys, bandicoots, mardos, deer, squirrels, coyotes, red foxes, golden jackals, rock hyraxes, southern white-breasted hedgehogs, Cairo spiny mice, Tristram's jirds and house mice. 

Research is needed to determine if there are additional carriers, transmitters and more unidentified species of Bartonella.  Physicians must be trained to look for Bartonella infections in their patients and accurate tests must be developed to detect Bartonella species in both animals and humans.

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Ehrlichia & Anaplasmosis

Ehrlichiosis is caused mainly by Ehrlichia chaffeensis; anaplasmosis is caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Both are transmitted to humans & pets by ticks. Symptoms resemble those of Rocky Mountain spotted fever except that a rash is much less common.

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Rickettsia- Spotted Fevers

Rickettsia species cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever, rickettsial pox, other spotted fevers, epidemic typhus and murine typhus. These pathogens are transmitted by the bite of infected ticks or mites or by the feces of infected lice or fleas.