Some information about Sandfly and the new vaccination which was launched this year

Leishmaniasis, commonly known as “Sandfly” is a common disease that worries every dog owner. It is transmitted when a very small insect bites the dog in order to feed on it’s blood. During this process the leishmania parasite enters the dog’s body. Not all dogs develop infection, however most of them are unable to develop an adequate immunity and get the disease. Some dogs can even die from the effects of this disease.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MY DOG?                              

Some easy precautions can help reducing the chance of infection. These include:

  • Protective collars such as SCIALIBOR™
  • Anti-parasite drops are advised to be used all year round, and in the warmer months use products effective against Sandfly such as ADVANTIX™
  • Dogs should not sleep outside especially during the summer months
  • Walks should be avoided during sunset and sunrise.
  • Insect repellents can help too.

IS A VACCINATION AVAILABLE AGAINST THIS DISEASE?

YES. CaniLeish™ is a new vaccination available on the market to further help protect our dogs. A vaccine is an injection that helps the dog’s body fight off the infection.

Some important points to keep in mind are the following:

  • Before your dog can be vaccinated a blood test needs to be performed to make sure it is free form leishmania.
  • The dog needs to be at least 6 months of age and in good health.
  • Complete vaccination is achieved after 3 injections , three weeks apart.
  • A yearly booster helps keep a strong protection.

The vaccine is NOT 100% effective. It reduces the chance of infection fourfold.

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