Travel Bugs

Heartworm

As the name suggests, this worm lives in the chambers of the heart and great vessels. It is transmitted by mosquitoes and is common in Southern Europe around the Mediterranean. British dogs are particularly susceptible to this disease as they have no resistance.

Symptoms - persistent cough, fatigue, weight loss and swollen abdomen.

There can be a time lapse between infection and symptoms; it can be years before symptoms become apparent. Prevention is essential as once this has developed the outlook can be very grim.

 

Leishmaniasis

This occurs particularly around the Mediterranean in the summer months and can be passed on to humans. It is carried between dogs by a microscopic parasite spread  by sand fly bites. 

Symptoms - weight loss, enlarged glands, skin problems and chronic renal failure

The sand fly may not be seen to bite the dog  and incubation period can vary from weeks to years. We suggest you protect your dog for the whole season if you are visiting a risk country. A special collar is available which also controls infestation from ticks for 5-6 months.

 

Babesiosis

This is a serious tick-borne disease which destroys red blood cells and only affects dogs.

Symptoms - fever, anaemia, blood in urine and jaundice

Susceptible dogs can die within a day or two of the appearance of signs. British dogs are particularly susceptible to this and other diseases found in mainland Europe as they have never encountered them so have no resistance. Treatment for ticks is vital for stopping infection from developing; check your pets coat every day whilst abroad and once you arrive home.

 

Ehrlichiosis

Another tick-borne disease, it is prevalent in southern Europe and in Finland.

Symptoms - fever, severe depression, weight loss, anaemia, swollen glands, in later stages haemorrhages including nose bleeds

Prevention is aimed at preventing ticks from infecting your pets.