How to protect your dog from leishmaniasis

As we know that sandflies (insect vectors of leishmaniasis) are particularly active at night, a principle precaution ensures that your dog stays inside a house from dusk to dawn when you stay in a risk zone between March / April and October
It is then necessary to regularly apply a pest specific to his dog, in the form of pipettes (spot on) and / or collar.
Since September 2011, there is Canine Leishmaniasis Vaccine
It is of course advisable to detect dogs with leishmaniasis prior to primary vaccination, which is why your vet will suggest take a blood test from your dog before starting the protocol
If the dog is HIV positive , it means he is probably sick with leishmaniasis. In this case, it is obviously useless to vaccinate him. Your veterinarian will be able to do other tests to accurately assess your dog's status with the disease. Rigorous monitoring and possibly treatment will probably need to be put in place. Pest control should be maintained to limit the risk of contagion.
Vaccination is for dogs at least 6 months of age and can not be combined with other vaccines.
In summary, Reasonably recommend this in terms of prevention:
Never in risk zone Short stay in risk zone Long, frequent or daily stays in risk zone
Healthy dog ​​No precautions to be takenSystematic application of antiparasitic agents. Avoid going out from dusk to dawnSystematic application of antiparasitic agents. Avoid going out from dusk to dawn. Vaccination recommended.
Sick dog Regular medical visits. No vaccination needed. Regular use of antiparasiticsRegular medical visits. No vaccination needed. Regular use of antiparasiticsRegular medical visits. No vaccination needed. Regular use of antiparasitics

> Symptoms of canine leishmaniasis

Dr. Laurence De Meester - de Courcy, Veterinarian

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