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Hepatozoonosis (Tick-Borne Disease) in Dogs

 

Treatment

 

Treatment is primarily palliative to relieve pain and may include glucocorticoids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Initial combination therapy with trimethoprim/sulfa, clindamycin and pyrimethamine may be followed by long-term therapy with decoquinate.

 

Prevention

 

Hepatozoonosis in dogs can be prevented by controlling ticks and tick bites. It may be possible to remove an infectious tick before it has had a chance to pass the disease into the dog’s blood. Always check your dog after returning from an outing, and remove ticks carefully, thoroughly, and immediately.