Most folks have heard about the zoonotic tick-borne illness, Lyme disease, but many haven’t heard of Ehrlichiosis
🐾 This is a bacterial 🧫 pathogen transmitted via the attachment of a tick
🐾One of the most commonly discussed species in the genus Ehrlichia is E. canis which is transmitted from the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus
🐾 There different phases associated with this disease process; some of the possible clinical signs may include decreased energy or appetite, weight loss and fever 🤒 and some possible serious sequelae include multi-systemic effects such as organ enlargement, blood cell changes, ocular or neurological issues
🐾 The most commonly utilized beside 🛌 antibody test is called 4DX; this result can be confirmed with PCR testing at a reference lab
🐾 Pet Parents🐶 - if you’ve found ticks on your pet or are worried about tick-borne illness, have your pet seen quickly as this disease could have a great prognosis if treated early!
🐾 Vet Staff👩🏻⚕️ - please continue educating pet parents on the importance of tick control as this disease does not provide immunity and pets still need to be protected and other serious tick-borne illnesses!
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