Next to Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis is another tick-borne disease that pet owners should be aware of. Affected dogs suffer from fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy. A subclinical infection can set in within 2-4 weeks after being bitten by an infected tick. The dog can develop thrombocytopenia, which means their platelets are significantly reduced in number, which can increase their risks to bleeding problems and bruising. Blood clotting may also be more slow than normal when there is an injury. Chronic forms of ehrlichiosis can cause suppression of the bone marrow. The symptoms usually appear months to years after the dog has been bitten by an infected tick. German shepherds are particularly predisposed to the severe forms of the disease.
Cats can also suffer from the infection. Other symptoms that are manifested by infected cats and dogs include joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. For more information, contact your animal care tips.