Do you know canine Leishmaniosis?

Leishmania in dogs is a disease to take into account since it can lead to the death of the animal if it is not treated early.

It is a serious parasitic disease in dogs, caused by a parasite (microscopic protozoan) called Leishmania. This mosquito has a large presence in Latin American countries and also throughout the Mediterranean territory, so whether the dog is healthy or has been previously infected, we recommend taking him to medical check-ups at least once a year. In this way, there is time for a symptom control treatment and the risk of death is much lower.

The main symptoms are:

  • Hair loss. It is the first symptom of the disease and, usually, the easiest to recognize. The hair usually falls especially around the ears, snout and eyes.

  • Loss of appetite and weight. Once the disease progresses, the animal will experience a loss of appetite that will cause weight loss. Why? … Because the parasite will be attacking the stomach of the dog in this phase.

  • Skin wounds. Cutaneous lesions are a symptom of an advanced state of canine leishmaniasis. Usually these wounds usually appear on the head and legs.

  • Renal insufficiency. This symptom appears when the disease has already become chronic and is in a very advanced state.

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Do you know canine Filariosis?

The worm can measure up to 30 cm long, causing its presence in vital organs of dogs cause significant damage that normally evolve badly if no action is taken, and can cause the death of the animal.

Filariosis is a disease that is transmitted by the bite of some mosquitoes that, when biting an infected dog or cat, inoculate the immature or microfilarial forms of it, and when that mosquito bites another animal, it deposits the larvae on its skin. Once the animal has been bitten, the larvae spread through their blood vessels and mature into the adult form of the one known as the “heartworm.” Through the pulmonary arteries, they affect the lung and reach the heart. There they eventually develop into adult parasites, which can reach several centimeters in length. This disease can damage vital organs such as the liver, spleen or kidney, among others.

The main symptoms are:

  • Physical tiredness.

  • Apathy.

  • Weightloss.

  • Cough.

  • Accelerated breathing.

  • Fainting, especially when exercising.

  • Dogs with liver or lung involvement can suffer collapse and death.

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