Diagnosis: Anaplasmosis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne diseased caused by a bacterium (Anaplasma phagocytophilum). Anaplasmosis can be transmitted to humans or dogs by tick bites.

There are four distinct phases in the tick-life cycle. Typical symptoms include: fever, headache, chills and muscle aches. There are no known cases in the state of California. The highest incident rates are in Delaware, Marine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin in humans.

In dogs, according to the VCA Hospitals website, infection can cause lamesness, joint pain and low appetite in dogs. Most dogs show signs in 1 to 7 days. The treatment is the same for other tickborne infections: Doxycycline.

Remember, ShinBi was shaved in South Korea due to a tick infestation. ShinBi is already being treated with Doxycycline for his heartworm condition.  He is also being treated with Trifexis for heartworm as well.