These are parasites which are not found commonly in the UK, but dogs and cats imported from other countries may be affected and our pets are at risk if they travel outside the UK.
Most of these parasites are passed on by other bugs (e.g. Mosquitoes, Sandflies, Fruit flies) and many can take months or even years to become apparent.
Leishmania is transmitted by sandflies. This is a very common condition in the southern Mediterranean area. It can cause a variety of health issues including skin lesions, enlarged lymph nodes, kidney disease, eye problems and nervous system problems. It is very difficult to treat. This is a major concern in dogs that have been rescued from Eastern European countries. Leishmaniasis can also affect people.
Heartworm is transmitted through mosquito bites. The worms can grow very long and clog up the heart and arteries, causing heart failure.
Eyeworm is as unpleasant as it sounds – worms living on the surface of the eye. This parasite is transmitted by fruit flies.
Be extremely cautious when adopting a dog from overseas
If you have adopted a rescue dog from overseas, it is really important to get them tested for these diseases and treated if necessary. If you are travelling abroad with your pet, preventing these parasites is vital.
If you would like a personalised parasite risk assessment for your pet, please fill in the relevant questionnaire below. This service costs £15, or is included in all wellbeing visit costs. Once your questionnaire has been submitted, we will email you a link for payment. Once payment is received, we will email your pet’s personalised advice within 2 working days.
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