Boarding your pooch while you explore the Territory?
Protect your dog from ehrlichiosis, an exotic tick-borne dog disease confirmed in Katherine and, a remote community west of Alice Springs, as well as the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The spread of infectious diseases, such as ehrlichiosis which is spread by the brown dog tick, are increased when dogs are brought together in shared environments such as boarding accommodations.
Check with your local boarding kennel on mandatory disease prevention requirements for admissions to ensure strong disease prevention measures are in place and make sure your dog’s tick, flee, worm and vaccinations are up to date.
It is important to seek veterinary advice and treatment, as the disease can resemble other conditions with similar signs in dogs, including tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis, which are already present in the Northern Territory (NT), and, if not properly treated can result in death.
Prevention is the best protection for dogs as vaccinations are not presently available. To protect your dog from ehrlichiosis:
- have your dogs on a tick prevention program
- ensure any tick infestations in the house yard are managed by a pest controller
- avoid taking your dogs into tick-infested areas
- take particular care when bush-walking with your dog
- inspect your dogs daily for ticks, especially if they have been in a tick-infested areas
- contact your veterinarian if you find ticks on your dog and are concerned
- be on the lookout for signs of ehrlichiosis, such as fever, lethargy and appetite loss.
Dogs with known or suspected infectious diseases should not be boarded.
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 visit the NT Government website.