Dogs Can Be Vaccinated Against Lyme Disease. Humans Can’t., Mother Jones, Sept 27, 2017Lyme disease—notoriously difficult to spot and treat, and diagnosed in about 300,000 Americans every year—had a vaccine, but it’s no longer available to the public. The immunization you can now give your puppy is essentially this original vaccine. It’s hard to say exactly how many dogs contract the illness; by some estimates, a quarter of dogs in endemic regions have Lyme disease; others put that figure between 41 and 73 percent. Cats can get it, too. Many believe a Lyme vaccine [for humans] is needed now more than ever; according to one study by the CDC, the number of counties with a high incidence of Lyme has nearly quadrupled since the mid-’90s. And researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that Americans shell out up to $1.3 billion per year to treat it.
Which diseases have been confirmed in your neighborhood?, Dogs and Ticks, 2017. Maps are available for 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 reported figures.
From Facebook, May 18, 2017, Abigal Way, Ann Arbor MI 48103
Holly just got home from her annual visit to the Vet. I was surprised to learn her blood work revealed a tick-borne disease other than Lyme disease: anaplasmosis. Ticks, a pox on you! It is on the rise here in tick country so, my dog-loving friends, I share this info. This is especially surprising since in the three years I have had Holly, to my knowledge I have never seen a tick on her! Little creeps. She is asymptomatic, so I just need to watch it for now.
Anaplasmosis, Dogs and TicksCanine anaplasmosis comes in two forms. Anaplasma phagocytophilum is an infection of the white blood cells that’s transmitted by the deer tick (also known as the black-legged tick) and the western black-legged tick. These are the same ticks that transmit Lyme disease, which increases the risk of coinfection with anaplasmamosis. Anaplasma phagocytophilum is also a zoonotic disease, which means it can infect people as well as pets. The other form, Anaplasma platys, is an infection of the blood platelets that can lead to bleeding disorders and is transmitted by the brown dog tick. Although these two forms of anaplasmosis present with different signs, both pose a threat to your dog’s health.