Considering a road-trip with your pooch?
Traveling with dogs can increase exposure to infectious diseases that dogs wouldn’t normally encounter, such as 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.
- Before hitting the road check in with your veterinarian to assess disease prevention requirements such as vaccination, worming, tick and flea control, heartworm preventive.
- Avoid contact with other dogs when making stops along your journey, such as at fuel stations, truck stops or caravan parks to avoid ehrlichiosis transmission between dogs by the brown dog tick.
- Keep an eye out for signs and symptoms such as fever, lethargy, blood disorders and weight loss.
- Check your dogs daily for ticks, especially if they have been in a tick-infested areas.