How Babesiosis In Dogs Is Diagnosed
Other important diagnostic tests include a complete blood count (CBC), Chemistry Panel, blood smears, and Immuno-fluorescence Test. The blood tests can help evaluate the functions of the major internal organs as well as metabolic and electrolyte balance. A complete blood count can reveal whether or not the different types of red and white blood cells are present in normal quantities in the dog’s body. Blood smears will involve using a drop of blood which is obtained from your dog’s neck or leg. The blood is then spread thinly on a slide and examined under the microscope to determine if the Babesia parasite is present. Immuno-fluorescence Test uses a fluorescent dye to illuminate a pathogen or antibodies to a pathogen which is obtained from the dog’s tissue. If any Babesia antibody is present, the dye will stick to it and will be shown as a bright green spot under the microscope.
In order to eliminate the possibility of other tick-borne diseases that share the same symptoms with Babesiosis, your Aurora, CO vet clinic will begin by getting a complete history and conducting a thorough physical examination. You will surely be asked about recent tick exposure and/or bite history.