Humans cannot contract Babesia from a dog

Piroplasmosis Infections and Babesia in Dogs
Humans cannot contract Babesia from a dog
Piroplasmosis in Humans

Humans cannot contract Babesia from a dog

4. Piroplasmosis Symptoms: Not every dog will experience the same Piroplasmosis indication(s), and the seriousness of the symptoms will vary among patients, but here’s what you should look for:

a.       muscle weakness
b.      limping
c.       exhaustion
d.      flinching when the back, legs, mouth, or head are touched
e.       muscle pain or tenderness
f.       fever
g.      trouble with digestion
h.      uncontrolled muscle movements
i.        incoordination
j.        appetite loss
k.      uncontrollable urination
l.        skin irritation
m.    seizures
n.      tremors
o.      twitching
p.      loss of sight
q.      unconsciousness
r.        neuropathy
s.       caramel-colored urine*

Additionally, if your dog’s veterinarian finds any of the following conditions, you should look into treatment for Piroplasmosis:

a.       jaundice
b.      enlargement of the spleen
c.       anemia
d.      low hemoglobin count
e.       low platelet count
f.       low blood pressure
g.      high globulin count
h.      central nervous system dysfunction
i.        organ failure
j.        heightened immune system function
k.      shock
l.        muscle hemorrhaging
m.    muscle death

The most profound Piroplasmosis difficulties seem to occur when destroyed red blood cells, killed by Babesia, cluster together and block the capillaries leading to the central nervous system. This leads to symptoms that may resemble rabies. This clumping of dead cells also leads to the blockage of oxygen to tissues…and muscle death. As mentioned earlier, every canine Piroplasmosis patient reacts differently to the parasite – some experience acute symptoms, some chronic, and some will lose their lives.

*Some veterinarians still believe that without dark urine, Piroplasmosis is not a possibility; however, out of Cabinet Veterinaire International’s last 29 canine Piroplasmosis cases, only one of them had dark urine.

5. How Piroplasmosis is Diagnosed: Determining whether your dog has fallen victim to Babesia is important for treatment, as well as for medical documentation purposes. Disease control depends upon these results; however, we do recommend treatment in the presence of any symptom(s) – even if the test results are negative.

The PCR, or polymerase chain reaction test, is recommended. Another testing method that is often used involves manual microscopic examination by a laboratory technician. He or she searches a blood sample’s red cells for parasites, including Babesia. This can confirm Piroplasmosis, but is also subject to a high likelihood of human error.

6. Treating Piroplasmosis: Where Piroplasmosis treatment is concerned, time is of the essence. Even if test results are negative, your veterinarian should err on the side of caution and treat immediately. Treatment usually involves a series of injections, hydration (to protect the liver and kidneys), and possible blood transfusion. Be sure to ask your dog’s veterinarian about probable side effects, but remember that they will pale in comparison to what Piroplasmosis can do if left untreated.

7. Piroplasmosis’s Complications: If a dog’s spleen has been removed, he or she is more susceptible to the effects of Babesia. We have learned of one case in which a splenectomized terrier passed away only two days after the first Piroplasmosis symptoms were detected. Similarly, a weakened immune system will allow Babesia to reproduce more prolifically, worsening symptoms and increasing the likelihood of death.