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What are Ehrlichiosis?

In the 1970’s ehrlichiosis was first recognized as a significant and serious illness; due to the infection and death of many military dogs returning home from the Vietnam War. 

Also known as canine hemorrhagic fever, this condition can cause lethargy, breathing problems, and ocular discharge. Other names for this condition are canine typhus, tracker dog disease, canine rickettsiosis, and tropical canine pancytopenia.

Ehrlichiosis is an infectious tick-borne illness caused by Ehrlichia, a bacteria belonging to the family Ehrlichiaceae. The bacteria attacks the canine’s blood cells, progressing into a chronic infection.

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Symptoms of Ehrlichiosis in Dogs

The symptoms of ehrlichiosis can vary from mild to severe. You may notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Ticks found attached to your pet
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sneezing
  • Anemia
  • Discharge coming from the eyes
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nasal discharge
  • Joint pain
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Nose bleeds
  • Loss of coordination
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Edema (retention of fluids under the skin)
  • Bleeding inside the eye
  • Blindness

Types

The acute stage occurs early in the disease, several weeks after the canine was infected.  During this stage the infected dog may have a fever, respiratory distress, swollen lymph nodes, weight loss and bone marrow suppression. This stage may last a month.

The sub-clinical stage has no outward symptoms even though the organisms are still present.  The dog’s immune system may be able to eliminate the disease during this stage.

The chronic stage is the most serious stage of the infection and can be fatal.  During this stage the canine will have a low platelet count and may experience, lameness, low blood count, nose or eye bleeding, and kidney disease.  The bacteria may also spread into the organ tissues, especially those of the spleen, liver, lung and lymph nodes.

Causes of Ehrlichiosis in Dogs

  • The most common cause of ehrlichiosis is the bacteria Ehrlichia canis which is transmitted to the canine through the saliva of the brown tick
  • Brown ticks can be found in southwestern and Gulf Coast regions of the USA
  • The Anaplasma bacteria can also cause ehrlichiosis, transmitted by the saliva of hard shelled ixodes ticks
  • Ixodes ticks can be found in California, Midwestern and Northeastern states
  • Ehrlichia chaffeensis are transmitted by the saliva of the lone star tick 
  • Lone star ticks can be found throughout the Eastern, Southeastern and Southcentral states
  • It is also possible for dogs to become infected through a blood transfusion from a dog that has ehrlichiosis

Diagnosis of Ehrlichiosis in Dogs

Your veterinarian will take a thorough medical history of your pet. He will ask questions regarding the existing health concerns and when the onset of the symptoms started. Your veterinarian will then perform a physical exam. 

The veterinarian team will most likely recommend bloodwork. A complete blood count test (CBC) usually will show a decreased number of platelets and low red and white cells in pets infected with ehrlichia.  An ELISA test will check your pet’s serum (blood that has been allowed to clot then spun down in a centrifuge) to detect antibodies to ehrlichia bacteria. Another diagnostic test that may be recommended is the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.  This test helps identify specific genes unique to ehrlichiosis.

To help your pet with his current symptoms your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics before all of the results of the blood test return. The sooner the treatment for tick-borne disease starts, the better.

Treatment of Ehrlichiosis in Dogs

Dogs that have severe anemia or are experiencing bleeding problems may need to be kept overnight for observation and possibly require a blood transfusion. If your dog is dehydrated, he may need to be given intravenous fluids that contain electrolytes. 

Antibiotics such as doxycycline, tetracycline, minocycline, or oxytetracycline are all very effective treatment against ehrlichiosis.  Treatment may last up to six weeks to ensure a full recovery. If your pet’s bone marrow was compromised he may be prescribed androgen steroids to help stimulate bone marrow production.

Recovery of Ehrlichiosis in Dogs

Follow-up visits will be needed to re-run bloodwork and check on your pet’s progress. Prognosis for canines with acute ehrlichiosis is very good if the treatment plan is followed. Dogs with subclinical ehrlichiosis may remain in this phase with no symptoms for their life time. In the case of chronic ehrlichiosis, it may take longer for your pet to fully recover.

To prevent ehrlichiosis from recurring, your veterinarian can suggest tick preventatives for your dog such as dips, sprays or monthly topical. It should be noted that humans can also become infected with this disease as the result of a tick bite.

Ehrlichiosis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Taddy
Shih Tzu
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Weakness
lack of appetite

Hello, Good day!
My dog is a 3 yrs. shih tzu he's been sick for a week now. Refused to eat or poop. I visited vet doctor and have his blood check. Here are the results;
High WBC count , high lymphocyte, high granulocyte, high rcbc, high hemoglobin, low platelet , normal liver however with kidney problem. The vet doctor advised me to have him a Ehrlichiosis test asap. If my dog will be positive into this, what the best medicine i can get? Will my dog will still survive? there are nights he's shivering or involuntary muscle movements though he doesnt have a fever. Thank you very much!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be a good idea to have the test for Ehrlichia if your veteriarian has recommended it. If the test is positive, there aree very effective medications availabel to treat that condition, and recovery from the parasite should be routine, unless Taddy has other problems occurring that are unrelated. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Kyser
German Shepherd
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Loss of Appetite

My German Shepherd was diagnosed with Ehrlichia a year ago. We went thru the normal treatment and he finally was back to about 95% after 9 months. But now, I'm noticing joint swelling in his back legs, loss of appetite, and he had vomiting 2 days ago. Can Ehrlichia come back after a full course of treatment?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Kyser has been re-exposed to a tick borne disease, it can recur, yes. If he is clinically showing signs of Ehrlichiosis, and his test is again positive, it would be best to start treatment for him again. Your veterinarian can guide you as to whether this is the appropriate therapy for him, as I cannot examine or diagnose anything over an email. I hope that everything goes well for him.

May I ask something.?? I took to VET a stray dog explaining that i have it since yesterday, It does not eat at all, it is not moving at all, sleeping all the time. I asked to keep it, to do the blood test, to see his leg ( which had a problem also and to spay it. He started operation BEFORE to get the results from the blood test.THEN the results came and the dog has erlichia. And now the bleeding from the operation can not be stopped. He is trying to persuade me that in any case the dog would be dying . I believe after reading a lot that he SHOULD START treatment for erlichia and after one month make ANY OPERATION. PLs tell me your opinion.

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Dottie
Australian Shepherd or Mini or Toy Australian Shepherd
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

Doxycycline

Hi, I want to adopt a dog that was positive for Ehrlichia Canis/ewingii. The dog is not showing symptoms except for low appetite but I’m not sure if that’s because she just got to a foster home a day ago. She seems happy and active. She is on an antibiotic though. Not sure but it’s prob doxy. Is it possible for her to never show symptoms ever? Would you get her? I had a very sick cat in the past and really don’t want to go through that kind of stress again. Is this common enough that dogs live normal long lives after being positive?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some treated dogs do remain asymptomatic carriers and the likelihood of another flare up is low, however you need to remember that the dog will remain a carrier; most likely doxycycline was prescribed which is the treatment of choice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coby
Rottweiler
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Medication Used

Doxycycline

My Rottweiler husky mix was diagnosed with Ehrlichiosis 3 months ago, we went through the antibiotic treatment, and he seemed better. But now he doesn't seem to have an appetite,and he has diahrhea. Could it be that it is reoccurring? Can I start treatment again with doxycycline?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Coby's signs are related to a recurrence of Ehrlichia, but those signs can be related to many problems, and it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian before randomly starting medications, especially since that medication can be upsetting to the stomach and GI tract, and may make the situation worse.

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Taddy
Shih Tzu
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Redness
Lethargy
lack of appetite
Vomiting

Hello Doctor,

My 3 yrs old shih tzu is positive for Ehrlichia and medication are provided ( Immunol Syrup, Nefrotec, Prednisone, BioCure) However my dog continuesly vomitting everyday. There are days were he will vomitt 2x yellow foam or white foam. Ive called the Doctor again and said it will only be alarming if my dog will be lethargy. Now I’m confused with what she said. Do I need my dog to be lethargy before doing some action rather than preventing it? Or its really normal with a dog suffering from Ehrlichia will be vomitting during the medication process? Also I noticed his left wyes is red, is it something to do withEhrlichia? Pls do help thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vomiting isn’t unusual and may be due to the Ehrlichiosis, medication side effects or due to an empty stomach and acid accumulation; you should continue the treatment as prescribed by your Veterinarian, especially the BioCure (doxycycline). Apart from that, you should ensure that Taddy remains hydrated and is fed small regular portions of food throughout the day to prevent the stomach from being empty. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Alpha
Siberian Husky
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Weight Loss
Weakness
Lethargy
Low appetite

Medication Used

liv.52
Doxycycline

Hi! My dog has been diagnosed with ehrlichiosis last January. After 6 weeks of treatment, his condition came back to normal, or so I thought. Last Saturday I had him checked because he hasn't been eating normally for the past few days and it was confirmed that he still is infected with ehrlichiosis. This time, however, it seems that he is not responding to the medications that was prescribed to him. He's still not eating normally, really weak, and just know I noticed that his hind legs are limping. I just need an expert advice on what to do. He's in pain and suffering and I can't seem to do anything as the medications doesn't seem to work this time. Thank you in advance!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Doxycycline is the treatment of choice in these cases, however there are some other antibiotics which may be used to treat Ehrlichiosis (see link below) but are generally considered as not as effective. Without examining Alpha I cannot prescribe any different antibiotic (legally) but would encourage you to discuss options with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/generalized-conditions/rickettsial-diseases/ehrlichiosis-and-related-infections

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Doogie
Labrador Retriever
Four Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

no known symptoms
Ehrlichiosis

Hi, my three year old chocolate lab was diagnosed with Ehrlichiosis a year ago when we took him for his regular check up. He had been on Nexguard at the time and still is. The vet prescribed Doxycycline. He never showed any signs of being sick or that we noticed. I'm reading all these posts of dogs getting sick. Is it possible a dog would not show signs? We just took him for his yearly check up again and the Ehrlichiosis showed up. Any suggestions on how we can beat this for good?

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/condition/ehrlichiosis

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some dogs are Antibody positive for Ehrlichia long term, without actually having any clinical signs. We tend to treat these dogs if they are clinically ill, and monitor if they are not ill. It may not be possible to clear the infection permanently.

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Jasmine
n/a
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Dr.

I have a question about first stage of Ehrlichiosis. I was notified recently while doing a yearly hw test that if i wanted to do the ehrlichiosis test. Of course, i said yes. I was unsure why they didn't ask prior to this with my other 2 dog visits. Although, i found out she came up positive for Ehrlichiosis she has no symptoms. After reading above, however, i am unsure if I am reading to much into, but noticed discharge in eyes, Difficulty breathing (only when time for feeding, recently she hasn't been doing this) and joint pane (she has been a jumper in her early days) she is only 3 to 3.5 yrs old. I went to another vet informed me to research it myself and decide from that point further what i want to do. He would conduct the Ehrlichia test. However, i am using Trifexis. Do you recommend a product that covers flea and ticks and also covers hw test.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few options that may work for you but there is no one-fits-all treatment; you could either give Advocate and Advantage (both spot on treatments) on alternating two week schedules, Revolution and Drontal Plus or another combination of products. You need to find what works well for you, if you are able to get Jasmine to take tablets or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I heard Heartguard and nexguard are good treatments, is that correct. However, regarding the Ehrlichia question? would you only test for Ecanus (I.E. ehrlichia canis) or Ehrlichia Canis (that shows platlet count, WBC, RBC) However, if it does come back positive is it okay to say not to treat with antibiotics? Or with it being a false positive, why is this occuring? Can they live their lives not being treated with antibiotic's and having a healthy life w/no issues? Thanks so much for your time Doc

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Jones
Labrador Retriever
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures
Lethargic

Medication Used

Phenobarbital
Gabapentin
Doxycycline

Our lab was diagnosed with Ehrlichiosis over two years ago. He has re-occuring issues with seizures whenever his count for the disease goes up. We treat him with doxycycline and phenobarbital. Since we started with the medications his seizures seem to only happen a couple times a year .We continue to use tick prevention treatments on him and on our yard. We are worried that we are going to lose him sooner than we would without this disease. If we can treat the seizures and maintain his nutrition, is it possible for him to have a normal life span?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chronic infections of ehrlichiosis can be tricky, whilst effective management along with a good diet will give Jones a good life, I cannot give any guarantee that he will live a normal lifespan due to too many variables since a bad episode could be his last. I would take each day as it comes and do the best to live and enjoy your life together. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fuji
Shiba Inu
2 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I adopted a dog positive for anaplasmosis and erlichia two weeks ago, she is doing great on doxy. My other dog a two year old shiba inu started having vomiting and diarrhea today with chills temp is normal 101 and she is a little dehydrated. Is it possible for her to have contracted one of these from our new dog? Our vet is booked today- I gave her cerenia, zofran, and a small dose of prednisone.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Both Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis are tick borne diseases meaning that for the infection to pass between dogs a tick has to feed from an infected dog before feeding on a non-infected dog. I would advise against treating the affected dog at home as medication wasn’t prescribed to him and the medication may mask some symptoms when he is examined tomorrow by your Veterinarian. In the meantime ensure that he remains hydrated and comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spain
Border Collie
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Platelets go down
Lost of appetite
Weight loss
Kidney failure

Medication Used

Intravenous fluid
Doxycycline

He is on medication with doxycycline and IV but his platelet continues to go down and also as of this moment he started to pee involuntary. What can we do? Can he still recover? Or his condition will getting worst?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand you are concerned for Spain, but I as I mentioned in my previous answer: there are many factors which will determine prognosis with chronic cases taking longer to treat. I am unable to give you a guarantee that Spain will be OK, I haven’t performed an examination or tests myself so I am unable to give you the assurances that you are looking for. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Choco
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

Doxycycline

I rescue a dog 1 month ago. All healthy on his records except a little obese. So today is his first visit with Vet for wellness and vaccination . It came up he is positive for ECEE and given antibiotics. He does not have any symptoms and also was treated in April by resue center with Doxycylcline . Why he needs to repeat the antibiotocs again if he does not have any symptoms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is some debate and controversy in the veterinary world regarding the treatment of symptomatic carriers, some Veterinarians will treat whilst the others will not; so any treatment is left to the discretion of the Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Toy Poodle
14 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

gums bleeding, blood in urine

our toy poodle, 14 months old, has Ehrlichiosis and the vet, who is very good, is treating him, but we found out today he has suppressed bone marrow. He had a blood transfusion yesterday as well which has bought his blood count up and his platelets are going up too, after four days on the antibiotics, of a 26 day course. The vet has kept him in to continue fluids and monitor his blood. What generally are his chances if his blood keeps going up. HIs gums, which were the first sign we had are now not bleeding so much, well hardly any, and his urine this morning was clear.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases where there is bone marrow suppression, the prognosis is generally poor unfortunately. An important indicator to look out for would be reticulocytes in the blood which are immature red blood cells, if these levels stay constant or go up there is a slightly better prognosis but still guarded. It is also important to note that improvement in condition may be attributable to the blood transfusion and not an improvement in the severity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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I have a 4 yr. old English Springer Spaniel. He began having seizures about a month ago at the rate of 1 every week to 2 weeks. Took him to our vet and he ran bloodwork which showed that everything looked ok. I asked for a lyme test before he was vaccinated so I would know if he tested positive for lymes. He was not positive for lymes, but he was positive for Ehrlichiosis. He's now being given Doxycycline twice a day. He had a seizure when we first started and had another one today. He's been on the med. for about a week now. I groomed him today and I wonder if that was too much for him in his condition. I need to know why these seizures keep happening. Can they be due to this disease? What should I do at this point?

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Maverick and Bo
Rottweiler mix
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

My 6 yr old rottie mix was diagnosed with Ehrlichiosis. We took him and his other brother in for testing because we had to euthanize their brother for Lyme Nephritis, Ehrilichiosis, and hemorrhagic gastroenteris. One brother tested positive for Lyme disease and the other brother tested positive for Ehrilichiosis. Neither brothers were showing any signs or symptoms. We are currently treating with doxy twice a day for 4 weeks. My question is how will I know if this cured them. The doctor said we did not need to come back in for a follow up

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is usually best to get another Ehrlichiosis test done around six months after the completion of treatment to check for a seronegative status. Usually doxycycline is the treatment of choice and is effective treatment with successful results; a confirmatory test is always best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bogba
LABRADORE
8 Weeks
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever
Loss of Appetite

My son received a puppy Labrador for his birthday 3 weeks ago. He was 45 days old. I noticed that he was infested with ticks, and I actually removed from him over 300 ( yes 300) ticks. He developed high fever and loss of appetite and the Vet has put him since 6 days on antibiotics and daily drippers and he was positive ehrlichiosts and sever anemia and low red blood cells count and platelets . We did (3) blood transfusions on 3 consecutive days. Is this the right approach, should we be doing a different treatment.
Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Doxycycline is the treatment of choice for ehrlichiosis; along with this treatment, supportive and symptomatic therapy is required to keep hydration and blood volume (fluids and blood transfusion etc...). Treatment with doxycycline is for a minimum of ten days and may be required for more than three weeks if needed; other treatments are available but are not as effective as doxycycline. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rusty
Irish Setter
10 months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a 10 month Irish Setter who was diagnosed with Ehrlichiosis 1 week ago. We started doxy (for 30days) and has been really well all week. Today he woke up with a fever. Is it normal that he 6 good days and then suddenly gets a fever again?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Doxycycline is a treatment of choice for Ehrlichiosis and response to treatment is usually good, however there may be a few bumps along the way during treatment but the overall improvement should be seen day by day. If you do not see any improvement, visit your Veterinarian for another check to make sure that there are no complication or other problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spain
Border Collie
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

kidney failure

Medication Used

intravenous fluid
doxycycline

Our dog is a Border Collie breed, he suffers nose bleeds twice a year for 2years and now he had lost his appetite, then anemic then suddenly he becomes weak and when we got him check up with the vet as the result of his blood test he suffers from kidney failure and his platets continue to low. Now he has an IV and medicated by doxycycline. Is there anything that you can recommend to us and is there a chance for my dog to recover?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment for ehrlichiosis is doxycycline along with symptomatic and supportive therapy. Other treatment options are imidocarb dipropionate or tetracycline; but doxycycline is the treatment of choice. There are many different factors which will determine the overall prognosis, it will be a case of seeing how Spain responds to treatment. In chronic cases, symptoms may persist for months after the start of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kici
Shih Tzu
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralyzed

Medication Used

Doxycycline

Hai. My shih tzu tested positive for ehrlichia and he's in the chronic stage. My dog is now paralyzed for 2 weeks, anemia and he can't bark sometimes. The vet gave him doxy but I found no changes with him. Thanks to God he's still eating and poop normally. But May I know if my dog can be cured and walk like before? I just miss him jumping and kissing everyone in the house.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Doxycycline is considered the treatment of choice for dogs with Ehrlichiosis and treatment may be for four to six weeks, but response to treatment depends on overall severity and Kici’s general state of health. I cannot give you any assurance without examining Kici that he will recover or not, but response to treatment is normally good. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/generalized-conditions/rickettsial-diseases/ehrlichiosis-and-related-infections

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Loki
Border Collie
3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

Hi, there. As of yesterday, Loki's 4DX test indicated he is positive for Ehrlichiosis. He is completely asymptomatic, but as my vet advised, we are having a CBC performed next week to ensure his platelet count is normal and there is no anemia. My question is, if the CBC comes back normal, should I proceed with a round of antibiotics anyway, in an attempt to rid his body of any remaining Ehrlichia organisms? I asked my vet this same question and he responded rather inconclusively that the organisms may or may not disappear on their own, with or without antibiotics. While I don't want to unnecessarily treat Loki, I also want to do whatever I can to rid his body of Ehrlichiosis in it's early stages, if that is possible. Thank you for your help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is a divided opinion in the veterinary community about treating asymptomatic dogs positive for some diseases like Ehrlichiosis, generally Veterinarians won’t treat asymptomatic dogs but this is down to the Veterinarian especially if there is a low blood cell count or other anomaly found. I’ve added an interesting link below on the subject about whether or not to treat these types of infections in seropositive but asymptomatic dogs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/attachments/Subclinical%20Rickettsial%20Disease.pdf

Dr. Callum Turner,
Thanks so much for the information and link. I read over the article thoroughly; it was very informative and provided answers I was struggling to find through my own research. I will print it out and bring it to my vet at our next appointment.
Best,
Lauren and Loki

Question Dr Callum,

I cannot find your the article you posted regarding this subject. Do you mind helping me out. I truly appreciate it. currently, my dog has been tested she came up with Ehrlichia canine in her yearly blood drawn for HW test. They asked if i wanted to check for ehrlichia as well.
Thanks

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Bluey
street dog
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

loss of apepitite
Trembling, especially in the hind quarters

Our dog Bluey, contracted severe tick fever as a puppy, he almost died after haemorrhaging. Since then he has lived 10 years with very little trouble, but in the last couple years has been prone to some trembling. Since 2 weeks he has been trembling almost constantly and has lost his appetite. Under the vets recommendation we started a course of doxyciclina and this seemed to help within 24 hours, but now one week later he is again trembling a lot and looking very uncomfortable. Is there something I can give him to ease the trembling?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The tremors may just be caused by old age, there are different medications which may reduce the tremors but would cause a depression in behaviour; considering Bluey’s age there are many different possible causes for tremors. I cannot recommend the type of medication without examining Bluey, I would recommend discussing alternative options with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sunny
Pit bull
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Reduced appetite
slight limping

My Sunny is a 4 or 5 year male old Pitbull mix. He weighs 60.70 lbs (he is a bit over weight). We took him to the vet yesterday because two days prior he had vomited twice (foamy yellow, no food) and was not eating with quite the same enthusiasm he had always had. He also had a slight limp but only sometimes. Originally, our vet told us it was probably something he ate but I wanted a 4dx to check for heartworm because after Hurricane María, we missed a few doses of the preventive medication. He tested positive for ehrlichia. His blood work shows low RBC, low HCT, low HGB, low MCV, low MCH, low WBC, low NEU, very low LYM, and very low PLT. They started him on a high dose of doxy and prednisone twice a day, injected him iron and B12 and ordered us to find Erythropoietin, as they don't have any due to cost. We were able to give him his first dose (0.27 cc) of the erythropoietin today and he is due to have it again 3 times a week. My question is... even if he doesn't show many clinical symptoms (his gums are ok, he is eating, etc), what is his prognosis? How can we know that his bone marrow has been compromised? (our vet explained that he doesn't have the equipment for that)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2937 Recommendations
Prognosis is generally good for dogs which are asymptomatic and with treatment with doxycycline for ten to twenty-one days along with supportive and symptomatic care should give the most favourable result. Blood transfusion is usually more favoured over erythropoietin but it depends on your Veterinarian’s judgement of the specific case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tutu
American Cocker Spaniel
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy,anorexia

My dod has recently been diagonised erlichiosis...we admitted her for 7 days and was under tetracycline,plasma expanders and iron supplementation as she was severely anemic..at the time of discharge doc forgot to prescribe oral doxycycline..for 3 days post discharge her activity was as good as before ...and today its 4th day post discharge and we came to know that she has not been prescribed oral doxy...so will it be effective if we start it from today for few more weeks???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2937 Recommendations
Doxycycline is the treatment of choice for Ehrlichiosis and should be administered at the commencement of treatment; it is important to complete the course of treatment and treatment may be for thirty days or longer depending on the severity and progression of the disease. During treatment, other supportive and symptomatic care may be needed and given accordingly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fritz
Dachshund
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Fever
Dehydrated
Loss of Appetite
Head Tilt
Loss of Balance
Ticks
Shaking
Difficulty Walking

Medication Used

Nexium
ranitidine
Merislon
Meneparol
Doxycycline
prednisone
neurobion

Hi, my dog was disgnosed with erlichia 3 weeks ago. He only started treatment for erlichia 4 days ago and rather than seeing any improvement I see he gets worse. He is having hard times walking, doesnt want to eat, he is getting constant ticks in his head, today he threw up 3 times and has cero coordination. The vet has said it takes at leats a minimum of 10 days to see any improve,ent. I am afraid he is not getting any better. He is shaking and has a hard time walking. No bloodfrom his nose, or in his peenor stool and his blood tests come out normal.
Are all these symptoms normal and how long does it take for the medicine to have some effect and we can see improvement. It is breaking my heart to see his like this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1371 Recommendations
Those signs aren't really consistent with Ehrlichia, necessarily. It would be a good idea to have a recheck for her as soon as possible if she is worsening, and not eating, and vomiting to see if there is something else going on with her, unrelated to the Ehrlichia. I hope that he is okay.

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Chui
Siberian Husky
1 Year
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Loss Of Apetite
Difficulty Of Breathing
Head Tilt
my dog was diagnosed with ehrlichiosis few weeks ago,, laboratory test shown that he has low platelet count, and with high sgpt like around 157(?).. the doctor gave her doxycycline 2 tabs twice a day, b complex ( because his legs are twitching, btw he got hot spots in his thighs, ) prednisolone 1 tab every 12 hours, and also liv-52 supplement for his liver.. we are force feeding him,, . is there a chance our dog can survive? his kidney is still ok. his head is poiting upward too and he has phlegm
Chui
Siberian Husky
1 Year
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Fever
Vomiting
Nasal Discharge
Head Tilt
my dog was diagnosed with ehrlichiosis few weeks ago,, laboratory test shown that he has low platelet count, and with high sgpt like around 157(?).. the doctor gave her doxycycline 2 tabs twice a day, b complex ( because his legs are twitching, btw he got hot spots in his thighs, ) prednisolone 1 tab every 12 hours, and also liv-52 supplement for his liver. he is also vomiting every night for two consecutive days. we are force feeding him,, . is there a chance our dog can survive? his kidney is still ok. his head is poiting upward too