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Published: Apr 19, 2012

Now that spring is here, your dog is much more likely to encounter ticks when it is romping in the woods or at the park. Many owners are familiar with tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease in dogs, but there are others to be on the lookout for, too.

Anaplasmosis in dogs is an increasingly common infection transmitted from deer ticks. According to the Times Union, deer ticks spread this disease in the northeastern and upper Midwest U.S., and black-legged ticks carry it in the western part of the nation.

The clinical signs of anaplasmosis range from mild to severe. Lethargy, high fever and severely swollen, sore joints are the characteristic signs, but in some cases seizures in dogs are reported. Once this condition is diagnosed, it can be cleared up in a matter of weeks with doxycycline, an antibiotic.

The best way to prevent this disease is to prevent ticks on dogs in the first place by keeping your canine up to date on flea and tick preventative medications. According to VCA Animal Hospitals, owners should talk to their veterinarian about the best parasite preventative medication for their pet.

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