Bartonellosis in Dogs | Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms and Signs of Bartonellosis in Dogs

Symptoms of Bartonellosis

Dogs infected with one of the Bartonella bacterial subspecies may develop one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite (inappetance; anorexia)
  • Weight loss
  • Lameness
  • Nasal discharge
  • Nose bleeds (epistaxis)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Fever (often transient/fluctuating)
  • Enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)
  • Enlarged lymph nodes (lymphadenomegaly; lymphadenopathy; lymphadenitis)
  • Enlarged liver (hepatomegaly)
  • Hepatitis (liver disease)
  • Heart murmurs
  • Heart arrhythmias (irregular heart beat rhythms)
  • Inflammation of the lining of the heart cavities (endocarditis)
  • Inflammation of the lining of the nasal cavities (rhinitis)
  • Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)
  • Inflammation of the spinal cord (myelitis)
  • Inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Sudden death

Many dogs infected with Bartonella show few or even no clinical signs.

Dogs at Increased Risk

Herding and hunting breeds reportedly have an increased risk of developing bartonellosis. Small and toy breeds have a reduced chance of developing clinical disease from this infection. These correlations are thought to be related more to environmental factors than to true breed predispositions. Dogs with weakened immune systems have an increased chance of infection. The risk of infection increases with exposure to ticks, lice, fleas and other potential carriers (vectors) of the infectious microorganisms. As a result, dogs that live in rural environments and that are free-roaming or spend significant amounts of time outdoors have a greater chance of developing bartonellosis than do indoor-dwelling dogs living exclusively in urban environments.

Source: PetWave

MATCHING TOPICS OF INTEREST

Babesiosis in Dogs

Babesiosis in Dogs: Learn about Babesiosis, including how it affects your dog, and available options...

Bone Cancer (Osteosarcoma) in Dogs

Bone Cancer in Dogs: Learn about Bone Cancer, including how it affects your dog, and...

Dog Warts (Fibropapillomas)

Warts in Dogs: Learn about Warts, including how they can affect your dog, and what...

Learn About Von Willebrand Disease in Dogs

Von Willebrand Disease in Dogs: Learn about Von Willebrand Disease, including how it can affect...

Cataracts in Dogs

Cataracts in Dogs: Learn about Cataracts, including how it can affect your dog, and what...

PETWAVE: POPULAR TOPICS

Dog Health Dog Health
Learn about the most common diseases affecting dogs
Puppy Training Getting a Puppy
A new puppy in the house can cause quite a whirlwind of excitement
Dog Breeds List of Dog Breeds
Comprehensive list of dog breeds with specific breed information

Find a Dog Breed?

With so many dog breeds to choose from, sometime it's easier to seach based on certain characterisitcs.

Caring for your Dog?

There is more to caring for your dog than just feeding it. Find out all you need to know to make sure your pet stays healthy.

Training your Dog?

A dog's behavior plays a key role in making a great pet. Training your dog makes a happier dog, and you will be happier too.

Ask a vet?

Have a question?
Ask a Vet Online NowSM

About Us | Review Board | Badges | Tell a Friend | Bookmark this Page | Submit Feedback | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy
Dog Breeds | Cat Breeds | Dog Health | Cat Health | Dog Training | Cat Training | Dog Care | Cat Care | Dog Nutrition | Cat Nutrition

Advertise on petwave.com - A Pet360 Media Network Partner

Become a Fan of Petwave.com on Facebook Become a Fan on Facebook Follow PetWave.com on Twitter Follow PetWave.com on Twitter Email Friend about Petwave.com Tell your friends about PetWave

© 2014 PetWave Corporation. All rights reserved
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a veterinarian. PetWave disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
For more information view our Terms of Service.