A domestic dog in Horsham has tested positive for ehrlichiosis – the first detection of this disease for an Australian-born dog in Victoria. The dog came from the Northern Territory where the disease is established. E. canis is an exotic and notifiable disease, spread by brown dog ticks, that has now been detected in all mainland states in the last 12 months.
It is important for participants to ensure effective tick prevention and control, to check their dogs regularly for ticks (particularly if travelled interstate), and to be aware of the symptoms of this disease to seek veterinary advice promptly. Common signs of ehrlichiosis could include fever, lethargy, eye changes such as conjunctivitis, cloudy or red eyes; abnormal bleeding and swellings, small spots or bruising; and swellings on the body and limbs. E. canis can be diagnosed by a blood test from your veterinarian.
It is imperative to notify Agriculture Victoria of suspect cases immediately on the all-hours Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline 1800 675 888, and notify GRV HERE .
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