Ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne disease that’s currently been spreading. The disease is typically found throughout northern Western Australia and Northern Territory.
It’s a type of bacteria that has the potential to make dogs incredibly sick.
Early signs of Ehrlichiosis are high temperature or fever, lethargy, throwing up their food, losing weight, conjunctivitis, runny nose, cloudy eyes and/or unusual injury.
How can I prevent my dog from getting sick?
Dr Tania recommends if travelling pet owners have been caught in an area with an outbreak, to help prevent the spread they should take the recommended government precautions which you can view here.
However dire, the disease is still preventable.
We can stop the spread of these ticks into the Eastern and Southern areas simply by checking your pet for ticks before leaving the area.
Dr Tania says notify your vet know if you and your pet have been in an affected area.
If possible get your pet on a tick prevention medication before leaving.
Tick repellent is also available for extra care.
For extra tips and a guide on how to properly check for ticks, you can head to Dr Tania’s website https://www.vetinavan.com.au/.
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