Oscar Cortadellas Rodríguez
DVM, PhD, Acred. AVEPA Medicina Interna
Clínica Veterinaria Germanias, Gandía, Valencia
LEISHMANIASIS 2012: WHAT’S NEW????
Canine leishmaniasis is a severe protozoal disease caused by Leishmania spp
The disease is endemic in the Mediterrean basin. In our area the prevalence of
Not all infected dogs develop clinical illness. Some dogs are resistant to the
Another dogs remain infected but asymptomatic for months or even years; but
Finally, there are dogs that are sensible to the parasite and show the typical
Fortunately, a majority of dogs with leishmaniasis can be successfully treated.
What can I do to protect my dog??
To avoid disease transmission:
-Use sandfly repellents regularly
-Recently, a vaccine against leishmaniasis has been launched into the
1st: Perform a blood test to detect is the dog is already infected.
2nd: Three doses of the vaccine must be administered during the
-On the other hand a new oral immunostimulant treatment is also
Not all dogs dogs infected with leishmaniasis develop clinical signs
Not all dogs dogs infected with leishmaniasis need to be treated
Treatment allows to reach clinical cure in many occasions, but
Preventive measures include sandfly repellents, vaccination and
If you would like to get more information don’t hesitate to contact us.
Asociación Protección y Educación para los Animales,
Cami les Bases 73, Marxuquera, Palma de Gandia 46724,