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Anaplasmosis - A danger for my animal

Effectively counter the disease with vital mushrooms

January 16, 2021
Petra Remsing – veterinary practitioner

Anaplasmosis is one of the diseases transmitted by ticks. The causative agent is the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It attacks very specific white blood cells, the granulocytes belonging to the immune system, as well as the platelets of the animals. Thrombocytopenia occurs, which means that the platelets become fewer. As a result, the animals have an increased tendency to bleed.

There is a risk of infection for dogs as well as for cats, horses, farm and wild animals and also for humans. Especially in May and June is the peak season of ticks. Of course, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any in July. The wood tick is active all year round, unfortunately also in the mild winter seasons.

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Often in a double pack: anaplasmosis and borelliosis

Anaplasmosis is the European form of ehrlichiosis. Both diseases are transmitted by ticks. The bacteria – called anaplasmas – enter the bloodstream with the sucking act of the tick. This can happen relatively quickly, as early as four hours after the tick bite, because the bacteria are in the salivary glands. The information on the transmission time varies. Predominantly, one assumes about 12 to 48 hours. In comparison: the transmission time of Lyme disease is 24 to 72 hours.

The infected ticks often contain other pathogens, mostly Borrelia. Thus, Lyme disease is often transmitted at the same time. The symptoms are very similar in anaplasmosis and Lyme disease. You can’t tell them apart most of the time. The rate of infection with Lyme disease is much higher. It is between 6 and 20 percent, and there are areas in southern and central Germany where the rate is as high as 30 percent.

Humans can also be affected

The main vector for anaplasmosis, the pathogen Anaplasma phagocytophilum, can cause infections in dogs, as well as in cats and, of course, in humans. This is because Anaplasma phagocytophilum is also the causative agent of so-called HGE, human granulocytic ehrlichiosis in humans. Horses and wild animals (especially rodents and deer) can also be infected. In cattle and sheep, Anaplasma is considered the causative agent for grazing fever.

Anaplasmosis often progresses without any recognizable symptoms. That is, the animals show no signs of being sick at all. In contrast, there are cases in which the disease is more severe.

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Symptoms of anaplasmosis

Affected animals experience episodes of fever after the incubation period, sometimes with high fever. The animals are then often dull and have swelling of the lymph nodes. Some get nasal or eye discharge, and spleen enlargement also occurs. Very often the animals suffer from alternating signs of paralysis. They show symptoms of polyarthritis. In very rare cases, central nervous system disorders occur during the acute phase.

In individual cases, severe complications may occur. These include shock symptoms, but can also lead to myocarditis, clotting disorders or kidney failure. Nevertheless, deaths are rather rare, but they can of course occur in any phase of the disease.

Vital mushrooms for the therapy of anaplasmosis

Learn more about how to best protect your pet from infection. We will be happy to explain the symptoms of anaplasmosis and exactly what you can do if your pet becomes ill. The use of the medicinal mushrooms Coriolus, ABM (Agaricus blazei murrill), Reishi, Auricularia and Polyporus is particularly effective.

For mushroom powders there are many suppliers

You will find trustworthy suppliers with controlled organic cultivation in Germany, but unfortunately also less recommendable importers of cheap goods. Read what is important when buying.

Note: The described effects are based on the intake of medicinal mushroom powder prepared from the whole mushroom. Please consult your pet therapist before use.


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