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Tick-borne dog disease ehrlichiosis recorded in Victoria | The Land



Agriculture Victoria has confirmed a dog in Victoria’s Wimmera region has tested positive for ehrlichiosis – the first detection of this disease for an Australian-born dog in Victoria.

The Horsham dog came from the Northern Territory where the disease is established.

Victoria’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Graeme Cooke urged all Victorian dog owners and veterinarians to be on the lookout for this new dog disease that is spread by brown dog ticks.

Dr Cooke said 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.

“When detected early, antibiotics may be used to treat the disease,” he…

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