Dog Disease - Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease which affects dogs and humans and is transmitted by ticks. It is most prevalent in Midwest, east coast and plain regions. The organism responsible for Rocky Mountain spotted fever is ‘Rickettsia rickettsii’.

The organism responsible for Rocky Mountain spotted fever lives in ticks and is transmitted through bite to dogs. This dog disease normally occurs during the months in between March and October.

The symptoms of this dog disease include the understated:
  • Fever
  • Anorexia
  • Depression
  • Pain in the muscles and joints
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fluid accumulation in the face and legs
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Neurological signs which include:
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Lethargy
  • Blood in the nose, urine or stool
  • Arrhymthmia
  • Bruished or purplish skin
  • Loss of coordination
  • Pain in the eye
  • Breathing issues
  • Abdominal pain
The treatment for this disease is quite simple. Eventhough the treatment is simple, if delayed may prove to be fatal. Your dog may easily recover with just a good choice of antibiotics which may be one of the following:
  • Tetracycline
  • Enrofloxacin
  • Docycycline
The dogs respond instantaneously to the antibiotics and may show signs of improvement within forty-eight hours. The medication must be continued for 2-3 weeks. Along with antibiotics anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed.

However if the disease has become severe resulting in anemia then blood transfusion may be required. Dogs may need to be monitored by vets in order to keep a fluid check to prevent edema or excessive swelling of tissues.