Ehrlichiosis is a tick borne infectious disease that is transmitted by brown dog ticks.
Ehrlichiosis is not usually passed directly from dog to dog but rather indirectly through ticks that feed upon an infected dog and become infected before then feeding upon an uninfected dog and passing that infection on to that dog.
Shortly after being bitten by an infected tick, dogs may begin to display a range of symptoms including respiratory distress, loss of condition, spontaneous bleeding, increased body temperature, and neurological disturbances.
These symptoms can last up to a month before the infection progresses and presents further symptoms that may be life threatening such as anaemia, lameness, blindness, significant neurological problems, seizures, and impaired immune system functioning.
Likelihood of infection and the impact of symptoms is much greater in puppies, senior dogs, ill dogs, and those residing in poor and unsanitary conditions such as those seen in the public shelters in Romania. Dogs falling into these categories are more likely to become seriously ill or die from the infection.
Ehrlichiosis is usually detected using a screening test and is typically treated using antibiotics for up to a month. If the dog is displaying extreme symptoms or if there is another infection present at the same time, then they may require treatment for these too.
Some dogs do not display symptoms early in the infection and so IDR ensures to test each dog for ehrlichiosis prior to them being transported to the UK.
It costs £100 to treat a dog for ehrlichiosis.
If you would like to find out more about ehrlichiosis please see here: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/ehrlichiosis-in-dogs