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Animal Ark Animal Hospital - Warning! Fatal Tick Disease


Cytauxzoonosis, also known as bobcat fever, is a blood parasite that infects domestic cats & has a high death rate. The disease is carried by ticks. Bobcat fever does not affect humans or dogs. It's called bobcat fever because bobcats are the main reservoir for the disease, as it is typically not fatal to them. 

Most cases of bobcat fever occur from March through September. Cats that live in areas where bobcats are present, such as Middle Tennessee, are at risk. If your cat has contracted the disease, it can be anywhere from 5-20 days before symptoms appear. Symptoms to look out for are lethargy, decreased appetite, & a very high fever. As the disease progresses, you might see breathing problems, dehydration, & the whites of the eyes or inside of their ears might look yellow as they start getting jaundice. Their body temperature will start to drop as they near the end stages of the disease. 

A cat may be infected even if you don't see a tick on the animal, because the tick may have already fed & dropped off the cat before the animal starts showing symptoms. 

No vaccine is available for this disease. Treatment can be expensive & often unsuccessful, so it is important to take precautionary steps to keep your cat from being bitten. One of the best ways to help prevent your cat from contracting bobcat fever is to keep your cat on Easy Spot tick and flea control. You can purchase Easy Spot here at our clinic or you can use our New Mobile App to request the product and pick up at your convenience. 




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