Canine leishmaniosis is caused by a parasitic infection, which is transmitted between dogs by the bites of infected sandflies, often wrongly referred to as mosquitoes. If your dog is infected with the parasite, symptoms may not show immediately. Signs to look for include fever, hair loss (particularly around the eyes), weight loss, skin sores and nail problems. Internal organs are also affected, which can lead to anaemia, arthritis and severe kidney failure.
This disease is often deadly and expensive treatments can only control the symptoms, not cure the disease. There are 2.5 million dogs in Europe already infected with this parasite. Sandflies also transmit this deadly infection from dogs to humans, therefore control is of the upmost importance.
Sandflies are widespread and can be found in many habitats in Southern Europe (plus parts of Asia and Central & South America). Regions and countries bordering the Mediterranean basin are particularly high risk for dogs (especially Portugal, Greece and many parts of Spain, Italy and Southern France).
The first vaccine against canine leishmaniosis is now available
After 20 years of cutting – edge research by high-level scientist, including state of the art vaccination technology, a vaccine against canine leishmaniosis is now available. With vaccination, it is possible to provide your dog with a new level of protection against canine leishmaniosis.
The full vaccination course involves three injections given at three week intervals and provides your dog with a long term internal defence against the symptoms of the infection.
Only one annual re-vaccination is needed to maintain the immune defence of your dog against canine leishmaniosis.