Diagnostic Testing Service

Canine Tick panel (PCS001)

Specimen type

EDTA whole blood


  • Babesia canis invades red blood cells causing lethargy weakness, anorexia, fever, pale mucous membranes,and dark discoloration of the urine.
  • Babesia gibsoni invades red blood cells causing dark urine, fever, weakness, pale mucous membranes, depression, an enlarged spleen, and thrombocytepenia.
  • Anaplasma platys infects platelets causing thrombocytopenia. Infected dogs may develop bruising or bleeding (including nosebleeds), especially during the early stages of infection when platelet counts may be at their lowest.
  • Ehrlichia canis infect monocytes and macrophages causing ever, swollen lymph nodes, respiratory distress, weight loss, bleeding disorders, polyarthritis, and occasionally, neurological disturbances.
  • Mycoplasma haemocanis (formerly Haemobartonella canis) rarely causes anemia in dogs with normal spleens and normal immune systems.
  • Dogs infected with Lyme disease may show symptoms of lameness, swollen lymph nodes, joint swelling, fatigue, and loss of appetite.