Recent reports of Babesia canis being diagnosed in the UK have been especially notable in that the cases referred to a small number of dogs in Essex that had not travelled outside the UK. This is a reminder of the need to be alert to the presence of vector-borne diseases not only in pets which have been abroad but also those with no history of travel.
Having received a number of enquiries from members, BSAVA has produced key information for the profession about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Babesiosis.
You can find this information below, along with references and useful links.
It is important to note that dog owners as well as members of the veterinary profession can send any ticks they might find to Public Health England’s Tick Recording Scheme or the Big Tick Project for identification.
Image courtesy of Drs Caldin and Furlanello (San Marco Veterinary Laboratory, Padua, Italy).