Northern Territory Ehrlichiosis Management

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The tick-borne disease  Ehrlichiosis (E.canis) has been confirmed in most local government areas across the Northern Territory.

E.canis is spread by the brown dog tick and can affect the health of dogs, the environment and people.  E.canis is not passed directly from dog to dog, however the risk of spread is reduced if dogs are treated for the bacteria or have been protected through a tick prevention treatment.

For information on human health implications associated with ticks, as well as prevention, removal and first aid advice visit the Department of Health website of Western Australia.

Dogs that contract E.canis requires veterinary treatment and early treatment provides the best chance of recovery.

Symptoms can include:

  • fever
  • lethargy
  • anorexia
  • weight loss
  • pain and stiffness
  • bleeding disorders (such as nosebleeds or bleeding under the skin that looks like small spots or patches or bruising).

To protect your dog from potentially contracting E.canis, it is recommended to start using a suitable tick preventative treatment and to check your dog’s daily for ticks and remove the ticks.

If you suspect your dog is showing signs of the disease, report it to your local vet or the national Emergency Animal Disease Watch hotline 1800 675 888.

For more information go to the NT Government website.

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