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What is Anaplasmosis?

Like Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis is a bacterial disease spread through the bite of the black-legged deer tick.  The disease is transmitted while the tick is attached and feeding.  It can affect dog, cats and humans.

Clinical signs are seen approximately 2 weeks after the tick bite and unfortunately, are very vague.  They include lethargy, inappetence and fever.  Many affected humans think they have the flu as the clinical signs disappear in a few days without treatment.  Surprisingly, although more than 80% of dogs will experience a drop in the clotting cells (platelets) fewer than 10% show bleeding (nosebleeds, bruising) as a clinical sign. Possibly this is because the platelet numbers drop so slowly their body has time to adapt.

Once initially diagnosed further testing is done to evaluate the dog’s response to the disease. A complete blood count is done to count the number of platelets.  Biochemistry is done to evaluate the effect on the liver and kidneys.  And a first-morning urine sample is evaluated for the presence of protein indicating kidney disease.

Luckily most dogs respond very well to treatment with an antibiotic and a pain medication if needed.

In recent years there has been an explosion of the local tick population.  We are now seeing them almost all year as they are active any time the temperature is above 4 degrees Celsius. They are most commonly found in areas of heavy brush and long grass especially if there are deer close by. This year is the first time we have diagnosed Anaplasmosis in our local population, but as experts think 4% of ticks carry this bacteria, we will probably be seeing more as the season progresses.  Talk to your veterinarian about the different products available to protect your dogs from ticks.  And don’t forget that you are also at risk and take proper precautions.

Written by Jennifer Merry BSc (Agr), DVM

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital