Piroplasmosis in Humans

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

Piroplasmosis in Humans

Vaccinate your dog against Piroplasmosis. Dogs that are vaccinated can still contract Babesia, but Piroplasmosis symptoms should be mild, if they develop at all.
Do not allow your dog to engage in fighting with other dogs. If your dog is aggressive toward other canines, we suggest that you avoid all dog-to-dog contact. Pit bull terriers are notorious for fighting, and therefore contract Babesia gibsoni more often than any other breed.

Demand that any blood transfusions your dog receives be screened for Babesia, including those administered as treatment for Piroplasmosis. Greyhounds are comparatively susceptible to infection by Babesia canis vogeli because they often receive blood transfusion from other Greyhounds and blood donations are rarely tested for Babesia. Testing should also be conducted before any breeding occurs, no matter your dog’s breed or the breed of the dam or sire.

Apply a product to your dog’s coat that is formulated to discourage ticks from latching on. We suggest that you try a small bit of it on your dog’s paw first, to ensure that no allergic reactions occur (if they do, contact your dog’s veterinarian).

Knowledge is power, and an education in Babesia and Piroplasmosis is no different. Awareness of this disease is the best course of action in its control, and that awareness starts with you, and well as with medical professionals that treat both humans and animals.
Cabinet Veterinaire can answer your questions about Piroplasmosis, the Babesia that causes it, and any number of other communicable diseases. To speak with our veterinary professionals, call 022 755 55 33 or email us.