Tickborne Diseases

BEYOND LYME DISEASE

Lyme Disease is only one of the many devastating diseases that ticks can transmit to your animals.  Indeed, Some of the tick borne diseases put you and your family at risk. Unfortunately, Most tick-borne illness can go undetected until the animal is anemic, neurologically comprised or dead.  However, the toxic chemicals present in today’s tick-control products can do more harm than help. In fact, some industrial pesticides can present significant risks to the health of animal and human alike.

ANAPLASMOSIS

This tick-born illness is most commonly contracted in the fall and winter seasons and includes symptoms of fever, limb swelling, loss of appetite and generalized reluctance to move. Although antibiotic treatment is available, most animals relapse within 3-4 weeks. At present, there is no preventative vaccine on the market.  For more information please watch https://youtu.be/dWnVUcLyE-g

BABESIOSIS

Transmitted as the tick feeds, horses, livestock and canines are at the highest risk to be long term carriers of this debilitating disease.  Even after an intense course of antibiotics, many animals can relapse after strenuous exercise or if they contract any immuno-suppressive illness.  Unfortunately, Babesiosis can be passed to offspring in-utero, often resulting in miscarriage. Symptoms include fever, malaise, rapid respiration and congestion and can be fatal if not treated rapidly. TNT can help prevent the contraction of this devastating illness.  For more information please watch https://youtu.be/PSCxznB5Ddg

POWASSAN ENCEPHALITIS

Capable of being transmitted over twice as quickly as Lyme Disease, this intractable illness can cause life-long neurological damage to a wide variety of livestock, domestic animals, and humans. Although the primary symptom is intense lethargy, internal organ damage is common but hard to detect. Indeed, chronic swelling of the brain can lead to sudden death. Additionally, transmission to humans is possible, and is somewhat common. As is the case with many tick-borne illness, there is no known cure; only symptom treatment, often in the ICU. Only the immune system can fight the disease currently, while medical science keeps the patient alive.  For more information please watch https://youtu.be/JhQplu2q3yI

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER

This deeply serious tick-borne aliment may prove fatal for horses and other livestock. While antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications are available to treat the condition, these powerful narcotics must be carefully monitored along with the animal’s nutrition and hydration levels. Sadly,  anemia often sets in within days, often placing the animal in need of a blood transfusion.  Without such treatment, death can occur within days or even hours.  Indeed, even if the animal survives, the long term effects on the central nervous system can be devastating.  For more information please watch https://youtu.be/WwCpcn04wNE

TICK PARALYSIS

As a disease-ridden ticks feed on unsuspecting animals, a progressive muscular paralysis occurs, often within 24 to 72 hours. Untreated animals can’t chew, swallow, drink or even breathe, eventually leading to their demise within a matter of days. The American Dog tick is usually associated with this disease. For more information please watch: https://youtu.be/57KwW6-AEc8

TULAREMIA (RABBIT FEVER)

A bacterial disease spread by ticks and deer flies, this severe bronchial illness can develop in all forms of livestock and domesticated animals. Symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes and puss-expectorating sores. Additionally, the malady can easily spread to humans, who acquire the disease through direct contact with inflected animals or by breathing in bacteria from inflected environments. The condition, if left untreated in animals or humans, can enter the lungs and produce severe pneumonia.   For more information please watch: https://youtu.be/_v8YRP-gmoc

BOBCAT FEVER (Cytauxzoonosis)

Deadly to household felines, Bobcat Fever is communicated by the Lonestar Tick. This tick carries the protozoan Cytaux, which it injects into the domestic cat when it takes a blood meal.  The range of this ticks breeding is expanding north. Symptoms can occur 12-15 days after the initial bite and include lethargy, lack of appetite, fever and dehydration. Unfortunately, survival rates are extremely low, even with proper medical care. For more information, please watch https://youtu.be/-yuMfB-hEhY

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New Tickborne Diseases Courtesy of Migrating Birds

New Tickborne Diseases Courtesy of Migrating Birds

A study conducted by Uppsala University and other institutions in 2018 identified Alkhurma hemorrhagic fever virus being carried by migratory birds.  This disease is spreading from where it was first identified in Saudi Arabia.  This disease is similar to Ebola causing animals and people to develop high fever and bleed to death.  The ticks spreading this disease were recently found being carried by birds migrating from Africa to parts of Europe, including Turkey and Greece.  Alkhurma hemorrhagic fever is a potentially fatal disease for which there is no known treatment.

Many ticks from migratory birds are in the larvae or nymph stages, indicating they attached to the birds prior to the start of their migration.  Ticks carrying diseases into our country are not only dangerous to humans, they can also pose a risk to livestock and the entire farming industry as they have done to our southern neighbors.  As our weather warms, different species of ticks are capable of establishing themselves in our country and will not only come by the millions on migratory birds, they will also live in our hay fields.

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