Disease outbreak in Essex dogs proves that it was wrong to stop treating dogs for ticks when imported from Europe

Ted the Beagle suffered from Babesiosis

When the rules changed so that dogs no longer had to be treated for ticks when imported to the UK and Ireland from continental Europe, there were fears that new diseases might be imported that would then become established in the local dog population. This now seems to have happened in Essex, according to a recent letter to the Vet Record.

Less than a year ago, I wrote about one my my patients, a Beagle, who I was treating for a life threatening tick-borne disease called Babesiosis. I saw the dog in my clinic in Ireland, a few days after he had been imported from Poland.

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