Canine SNAP 4DX

  Tests for all the following:

  • Erlichia Canis (tick transmitted disease)
  • Lyme Disease (tick transmitted disease)
  • Anaplasmosis (tick transmitted disease)
  • Heartworm (mosquito transmitted disease)

Anaplasmosis

Is caused by a bacteria transmitted through the bite of a tick. Anaplasmosis can present with symptoms almost identical to those experienced with Lyme disease. Common symptoms include reoccurring lameness, depression, lethargy, anorexia and fever.

If you get a positive on the SNAP 4DX test, a follow-up blood cell count (CBC) test should be done. This will establish the baseline values we'll want to monitor as we treat, making it a useful tool for therapy.

Lyme Disease

Is caused by a bacteria transmitted through the bite of a tick. The most common symptom of Lyme disease in dogs is a reoccurring lameness that may shift from leg to leg. Many of the sick dogs are depressed, lethargic, anorexic and run fevers. When they do walk, they walk with a stiff shuffling gait and an arched back because of the pain. When the disease is missed, the bacteria can spread to the heart (myocarditis) the kidneys (glomerulonephritis) or, more rarely, the nervous system.

If you get a positive on the SNAP 4DX test, a follow-up test should be done, called the Lyme Quantitative C6 Antibody test. This will establish the baseline values we'll want to monitor as we treat, making it a useful tool for therapy and not just diagnosis.

Canine Ehrlichiosis

Is caused by tick-transmitted bacteria. Classically presents as a rather non-specific multisystemic disorder with the primary complaints being depression, lethargy, mild weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and anorexia, with or without bleeding tendencies.

Heartworm Disease

Mosquitoes transmit heartworms. These parasites live in the heart. The presence of just one heartworm may result in permanent damage, even death, but it is 100% preventable!

Heartworm prevention requires a yearly blood test to ensure your dog is free of the disease. Once the test is negative we will prescribe a preventive for you to administer to your dog once a month on a regular basis