Piroplasmosis in Humans

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

Piroplasmosis in Humans

As with any disease, the best way to handle the threat of Piroplasmosis is to Prevent the Contraction of Babesia. This can be best accomplished by ensuring that all ticks are removed from your dog’s skin, daily (Daily examination is imperative because after 24 hours of feeding, the tick can transfer parasites). If you find a tick embedded in your dog, pull it out (at an angle perpendicular to your dog’s skin), submerge it in alcohol, and retain it in case symptoms should arise. Disinfect the bite area and notify your dog’s veterinarian. You should also use a tick deterrent. Always test your dog’s tolerance of any product by applying a small amount to his or her paw and waiting a full day for any adverse reactions. If it causes irritation, call the veterinarian for instructions and for another product recommendation. If all goes well, apply the rest of the product, per package instructions.

Of course, never allow your dog to engage in fighting with other canines. Do not consent to breeding unless your dog and his or her mate have been screened for Babesia. Never accept a blood transfusion or donation unless it has been tested for the Piroplasmosis-causing parasite. Finally, have your dog vaccinated for Piroplasmosis. The vaccine will not prevent the contraction of Babesia, but it will control Piroplasmosis symptoms.

Owners of American pit bulls and Greyhounds should beware: Babesia is most common in these two breeds. Because pit bulls engage in fighting regularly (to humans’ fault, not the dogs’), the open wounds they sustain make the contraction of Babesia gibsoni an unfortunate possibility. Greyhounds often receive blood transfusions from other Greyhounds, and because these transfusions go largely unscreened, Babesia canis vogeli is not uncommon within the breed.

Piroplasmosis diagnoses are on the rise. Something must be done. As mentioned earlier, we at Cabinet Veterinaire International believe that knowledge is power, and the knowledge that you’ve just acquired regarding Babesia and Piroplasmosis can be used to educate dog owners, veterinarians, and the general public about this life-threatening parasite.

Cabinet Veterinaire International’s veterinarians and staff would be happy to answer any questions you might have about Piroplasmosis and the Babesia that causes it. Please do not hesitate to call 022 755 55 33 or to email us with your concerns.