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Leishmaniosis Owner Factsheet

Leishmaniosis is a potentially fatal disease of dogs that can also affect other animals including humans. It is spread between animals by sand flies. Unfortunately domesticated dogs harbour the infection and your dog may catch it especially in countries around the Mediterranean, eg southern France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, and the Middle East. Leishmaniosis is not uncommon in the UK because of the number of infected dogs travelling here. However, the sandfly that spreads the parasite between individual dogs, has not been identified in the UK yet.

How is leishmaniosis spread?

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What are the signs of leishmaniosis in my dog?

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How would I know if my dog was infected?

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How will my vet know if my dog has leishmaniosis?

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Can leishmaniosis be treated?

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How can I prevent my dog becoming infected?

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Can I catch leishmaniosis from my dog?

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