Leishmaniosis in Dogs – What Is It and General Information.

Leishmaniosis is a serious disease, transmitted by the sandfly (a tiny mosquito). Rampant in many tropical countries around the Mediterranean basin, but also in the south of Europe mainly near France, it affects mainly dogs, but people can also suffer from that condition.

Leishmaniosis is a disease especially prevalent in poor countries. Mostly endemic around the Mediterranean basin, it also affects the south of France, where the risk of contamination is increasing with global warming, the increase in the dog population and increased travel activity.

Transmitted by the sandfly mosquito, Leishmaniosis is a disease that mainly affects the dogs, but also through them, it can be transmitted to a human. Once infected by the bite of a sandfly, the dog becomes a source of parasites, which through consequent mosquito bites, infects other dogs.

Unfortunately, this disease is fatal for the dog if not treated in the early stages. It initially causes the following symptoms:

  • swollen glands,
  • dry skin,
  • hair loss,
  • abnormally long nails,
  • skin ulcers,
  • weight loss,
  • eye damage,
  • kidney problems …

According to the World health organization (WHO), Leishmaniosis is a major concern as well as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, 14 million people worldwide are affected by this disease. The poorest countries are the most affected.

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One Comment

  1. Jahirul Islam June 6, 2015 8:02 pm Reply

    I have a dog. Her name is doggy. I always give her good food. But she always gets sick. I don't what happen with her. Last I went to go with her at emergency vet San Diego.

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