The best prevention against Canine Leishmaniosis

One of the worst threats is coming for our dogs with the spring: Canine Leishmaniosis.

Canine Leishmaniosis, also known as “Sandfly disease”, is a disease caused by a microscopic parasite called Leishmania infantum.

The disease is transmitted between dogs by the bite of an infected sandfly (Phlebotomus).

Regions and areas bordering the Mediterranean basin are of particular risk for dogs.

When a dog is infected with the parasite, symptoms may not show immediately. Sign to look for are lethargy, weight loss, weekness, skin disorders, and if left untreated, the disease is deadly. The treatment will only control the symptoms, but not cure the disease.

At Clínica Veterinaria Tamara we have been administering a specific vaccine for the prevention of Canine Leishmaniosis for 6 years. All healthy dogs over 6 months of age must be vaccinated.

The vaccination process consist of 2 steps:

First we take a small blood sample to be able to perform a blood test. This test allow us to ensure that the animal does not already suffer from the disease. The analysis is done here at the Clinic. With a drop of serum, and in just 20 minutes, we get the result. If the result is positive, we must treat the sick animal. In case of a negative result, we can proceed with the vaccination.

The second step is to administer the vaccine, which is inoculated by a rapid and painless subcutaneous injection.

Only one annual re-vaccination is needed to maintain the immune defence of your dog against Leishmaniosis.

If you want to know more about the best individual protection management against Canine Leishmaniosis, please, call us on 952 79 50 49.