Stop Bugging Me: The Role of the Vector in Immune-Mediated Disease
Vector-borne infections are commonly associated with immune-mediated disease in dogs. Anti-RBC and anti-platelet antibodies are common in dogs infected with certain vector-borne disease agents. Anti-nuclear antibodies also occur. Furthermore, clinical and laboratory abnormalities caused by vector-borne diseases are essentially identical to those associated with idiopathic immune-mediated diseases such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, immune-mediated polyarthritis or immune complex glomerulonephritis. In this session, we will review evidence from studies that explore the association of vector-borne infections with select immune-mediated diseases in the dog along with current recommendations for vector-borne disease screening.
- •Understand how the immune-system may become dysregulated by environmental triggers such as infection.
- •Be familiar with evidence for how vector-borne infections might cause or be confused with immune-mediated disease in dogs.
- •Apply these concepts to help you decide what is appropriate vector-borne disease screening in patients with suspected idiopathic immune-mediated disease.