travelling abroad with your pet puts it at higher risk of diseases not normally seen in the UK
This disease is carried by sandflies and occurs especially around the Mediterranean.Signs
include weight loss, enlarged glands, skin problems and chronic renal failure. There is a very serious zoonotic possibility(risk of passage to humans) with Leishmania. The sandfly may not be seen to bite the dog
and the incubation period can be extremely variable. Even more worrying is that it can be transmitted from dog to dog as well as dog to man. In humans the disease is similar to that of the dog. There are skin ulcers,
enlarged spleen, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia, vomiting, diarrhoea and progressive weight loss. Normally humans will only contract the disease if they are immunosuppressed. British dogs have no immunity to this
disease and so avoiding the sandflies is essential. If you are visiting a country where this disease is prevalent, visit a vet on arrival - they have experience with this disease and can suggest preventative measures.
Treatment is lengthy and expensive and only keeps the disease at bay - there is no cure.www.cvm.okstate.edu/instruction/kocan/vpar5333/5333iig.htmwww.ivis.org/advances/Infect_Dis_Carmichael/baneth/chapter_frm.asp
This is a serious tick-borne disease which destroys blood cells and only affects dogs. Signs include fever, anaemia, blood in the urine and jaundice and susceptible dogs can die
within a day or two of the appearance of signs. British dogs are especially susceptible to this and other diseases found in mainland Europe since they have no resistance. Canine babesiosis is prevalent in France
especially south of the Loire Valley. Proper treatment for ticks is vital for stopping infection from developing. It is worth checking your dogšs coat every day you are away and on your return - if you can remove ticks
in the first day infection can be prevented.
is another tick-borne disease presently unknown in Britain. It is prevalent in southern Europe, round the Mediterranean, the Rhone valley and in Finland. Signs are non-specific although in the later stages there are
haemorrhages including nosebleeds.Again, prevention is aimed at preventing ticks from infecting your pet.
This worm lives in the chambers of the heart and the large blood vessels. It is transmitted by mosquitoes and is common in southern Europe especially southern France, Spain,
Italy and around the Mediterranean. A few cases a year are diagnosed in the UK - normally in imported dogs. There can be a time-lapse ;sometimes years ; between infection and symptoms. Once a dog has developed
heartworm, the outlook is pretty grim so prevention is essential. If you are visiting a country where heartworm is present, visit a vet immediately on arrival and get heartworm tablets - or ask your UK vet about
Stronghold. Heartworm can infect humans although the risk is low.