Pet owners have a lot of diseases that they need to be concerned about their pets contracting. Thankfully, many once dreaded diseases can be prevented with vaccinations or through treatment with many of the new drugs that are on the market. However, there are some diseases that affect pets that are deadly even with the most advanced treatments currently available.
Bobcat fever is a disease that is affecting the cat population throughout the South and Midwest in the United States. This disease only has a survival rate of about 25 percent even with aggressive treatment.
Bobcat Fever does not come directly from a bobcat. The bobcat is a host for a type of protozoa that is a parasite. The bobcats are not made sick by this parasite. When a tick bites a bobcat, the tick ingests the parasite. If an infected tick bites a domestic cat, that cat has the chance of contracting bobcat fever.
The first symptoms of bobcat fever are depression, lethargy and a loss of appetite. As the disease progresses, the cat will run a very high fever.
Once the cat is diagnosed with bobcat fever through a blood test, anti-protozoal drugs can be used to treat the condition. Some new drugs are being investigated that are proving to be more effective in treating the disease.
Veterinarians advise that the best way to prevent bobcat fever is to keep cats indoors away from ticks. Cats should also have flea and tick preventatives applied on a monthly basis.