Species which are pathogenic in mustelids include:
- Bartonella henselae
- Bartonella clarridgeiae
- Bartonella vinsonii var berkhoffii
Diagnosis of Bartonella spp infection is based on isolation of the intraerythrocytic parasite within a blood smear.
Antimicrobial efficacy has not been clearly demonstrated. Clinical signs of disease may resolve with doxycycline at 2 - 5 mg/kg given orally every 12 hours for 4 weeks.
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