Our expert says:
I am very sorry to hear about your puppy. This type of biliary is the normal biliary parasite, however in this case it affected the brain as one of its complications. Biliary parasites will normally attack the blood cells and result in progressive anaemia, and ultimately death as a result of severe anaemia. In some cases, called the complicated cases, other complications may set in and other organs may be targeted. These include the brain, the kidneys, the muscles, the intestinal tract, the lungs, the immune system, the liver, etc. The brain and lung form is probably some of the worst complications that we see, and is associated with an extremely high fatality rate. Very often, death may follow within hours after the first signs of illness appeared. This type of complication luckily is, but very often fatal. Apart from the normal prevention of ticks getting on to your dog, there was nothing else you could have done.
Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
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