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What is Parasitic Blood Infection (Haemobartonellosis)?

The parasitic blood infection, haemobartonellosis, is a parasitic blood infection transmitted to our dogs by ticks and fleas. The red blood cells are targeted, and these are the cells which carry the oxygen in the bloodstream. The M. Haemocanis, the mycoplasma parasite, is considered a germ that is extremely small and does not need oxygen to survive; this parasite belongs to the Mollicute order of basic bacteria. They do not have cell walls, are highly antibiotic resistant, and are difficult to effectively eliminate. 

When ticks and fleas feed on an animal that is infected by the parasite, they pass on M. Haemocanis to another. The parasite thrives in the red blood cells, and when an infected pest taps onto a dog, the infection is spread. Usually, a dog becomes adversely affected by this infection if they have had a previous splenectomy; the spleen is the organ which filters the blood cells that are damaged, and if a dog doesn’t have this organ, the damaged cells are not filtered out of the body.

Parasitic blood infection (haemobartonellosis) in dogs is a blood infection that is caused by the transmission of M. Haemocanis via ticks and fleas.

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Symptoms of Parasitic Blood Infection (Haemobartonellosis) in Dogs

Symptoms of parasitic blood infections in dogs are quite noticeable and need medical treatment as soon as possible. Symptoms of Haemobartonellosis include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Listlessness and weakness
  • White to purple colored gums
  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Fever


There are several other types of blood parasite infections in which canines can become affected with that are brought to them by ticks and fleas. Other types include:

  • Babesiosis
  • American Canine Hepatozoonosis
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Flea-Bite Anemia
  • Hepatozoon Canis

Causes of Parasitic Blood Infection (Haemobartonellosis) in Dogs

Fleas and ticks pass on the mycoplasma haemocanis as they move and feed from one dog to the next. Secondary illness and immunosuppression allow for further complications with this infection.

Diagnosis of Parasitic Blood Infection (Haemobartonellosis) in Dogs

If your dog exhibits any of the symptoms, a visit to the veterinarian is necessary. A complete physical exam will be conducted, which will include a complete battery of blood tests, chemical profile of the blood, a blood count and smear, and urinalysis. A test can be conducted to show if mycoplasmas in the bloodstream are present (Coombs’ testing), and specific mycoplasmas can be identified through the blood smear.

The veterinarian will be able to differentiate between similar disorders, such as chronic granulocytic leukemia, eosinophilic leukemia, and eosinophilic gastroenteritis once the tests results come back.

Treatment of Parasitic Blood Infection (Haemobartonellosis) in Dogs


Antibiotics and glucocorticoids are effective medications; however, there is the possibility that your pat will remain a carrier of the infection and relapse is possible.

Steroid Therapy

Any anemia developed from the parasitic blood infection may be treated with steroid therapy. Regaining a healthy blood supply is possible with the use of these medications.


Hospitalization will need to occur in very severe cases. This is necessary if your companion is very ill and listless. Hospitalization will allow the dog to receive necessary fluids, and in very severe cases, a blood transfusion. With this, the dog will become stable.

Recovery of Parasitic Blood Infection (Haemobartonellosis) in Dogs

Once your dog begins treatment, the veterinarian will want to see him regularly to monitor his progress. He will do a complete blood count to check the levels of mycoplasma. It is important to understand that your dog will continue to be a carrier of the disease once he recovers. 

Prevention of ticks and fleas will need to become a priority. There are many flea and tick prevention products available on the market, and your veterinarian can guide you in making a selection if needed. Products that contain permethrins can be quite effective in controlling fleas and ticks. Regular use and monitoring are important, and it is also suggested that the dog remains stress-free, so any immune health stays positive.

Parasitic Blood Infection (Haemobartonellosis) Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Siberian Husky
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed

Hi my husky was diagnosed with blood parasites today from what seems to be ticks. She is in fit and tiptop condition, no loss of appetite or her being weak. She also has not loss any weight and is still running around and playing with other dogs, the only thing wrong about her is her nose bleed. Can i still take her to short walks?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If your Veterinarian has recommended that Kitkat should rest, I cannot go against those instructions since I haven’t examined her; however some movement wouldn’t hurt but I would recommend short walks on a lead away from grass. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Siberian Husky
4 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

blood parasite

Hi, can a Husky that recovered from blood parasite infection still infect other dog near him? via Body Fluids, Saliva etc.? or only from (Tick & Flea)?
because i was thinking getting another puppy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on the parasite as some dogs may remain persistently infected after recovery, so you should have Thor tested to determine if he is a carrier or not; types of blood parasites include Babesiosis, Haemobartonellosis, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Trypanosomiasis among others are considered to be parasitic blood infections. Discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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4 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Appetite
Enlarged kidney
Blood In Stool

there is a history of parvo at home, 5 pups already died 3 mos ago. now 1 pup (4 mos old with one shot of 5 in 1 vaccine) is confined bec. of exhibiting smx of parvo but on the xray it was showed that there were some foreign obj (already on the intestine) swallowed. But in the parvo test kit it resulted positive, but smx are not as severe as the pups before stool is not that watery slight blood is present & unpleasant odor also theres vomiting after eating. Plus in the xray kidney is already enlarged. pup manifested the smx for 5 days already cbc showed low on rbc, wbc and platelet count. i was hesitant on parvo, i am doubting if its possible for blood parasite? since 1 mon ago there were tick/fleas i already gave nexgard

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Low white blood cell and platelet counts are consistent with parvo and is confirmed with the test; possibly the symptoms are not as severe since Prince already received one vaccination dose. I would treat for parvo, but if you have concerns you may request further testing for vector-borne diseases prevalent in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

the dog just pooped all blood with some yellowish stuff in it its like a jelly membrane..havent seen any like it before.. :(

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13 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
pale gums and tongue
Pale gums
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used


Hi, my dog has been diagnosed with a parasitic blood infection (1 day ago) ,and is severely anemic (experiencing symptoms for 1 week, diagnosed 3 days ago) - he is 13 year old Chihuahua with a stage 4 heart murmur and periodontal disease (6 teeth left, the rest extracted) - they prescribed him Doxycycline (100mg) and Nutrived B Complex with Iron - do you think this is the best treatment plan for him? or should he be on a steroid to speed things along?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2492 Recommendations

Steroid treatment in cases of parasitic blood infections is to reduce the destruction of infected red blood cells, not to speed up treatment. Prednisolone given to seven to fourteen days is sometimes prescribed to dogs but would be at your Veterinarian’s discretion; doxycycline is one of the medicines used and shows good success in treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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