Ticks are already known to cause a variety of diseases and they are extremely common around the world. Not only do these pests give dogs nasty diseases, there is also a correlation within increase of kidney disease.
The research company IDEXX showed an increase in kidney disease for dogs exposed in areas with Borrelia burgdorferi outbreaks, which was detailed in this press release. According to the study, the risk is elevated by 43%, which is a significant amount compared to other disease vectors.
Strains of Ehrlichia and E. cans were also analyzed and it had shocking results. The incidences of kidney disease shot up to 300% with these strains of bacteria. There is no difference in risk comparing dogs with different health levels.
This is why annual screenings should be done, especially if you live in rural areas with lots of ticks. There are even specific tests that may be done to detect early symptoms of kidney damage.
Borrelia is a class of spirochete bacteria that causes Lyme disease. It is not the only strain to cause the disease, but this particular strain was tested to cause organ damage. The other Lyme strains have no clear indication that it is connected with kidney disease.
Ehrlichia is another common bacteria that is spread by some varieties of ticks in North America. This bacteria can get into the white blood cells of a dog from the tick bite. It is mostly found in ticks in warm climates, like Southern California, and some dogs breeds are more susceptible than others.
E. Canis, or Ehrlichia Canis, is the other infection that can have severe kidney effects in dogs. It is a treatable infection with common antibiotics but that is when dogs actually receive testing. This is why testing is important when acute symptoms are detected.