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Parasites on vacation: These dangers lurk on your dog


As nice as it is when your dog is allowed to go on vacation with you - it is not entirely harmless for him. Because different parasites lurk in different regions of the world and can even be life-threatening for your four-legged friend. Caution on vacation: In some regions your dog is at risk of parasite infection - Shutterstock / Martin Valigursky

Which parasites can be dangerous for your dog varies greatly from holiday destination to holiday destination. Because you can protect your darling from some risks from pests with vaccinations, you should contact your veterinarian a few weeks before the trip.

Common diseases from parasites: leishmaniasis and babesiosis

The most common parasitic diseases include leishmaniasis and babesiosis. Leishmaniasis occurs particularly in the Mediterranean, Asia, the United States and generally in tropical and subtropical countries. The blood parasite disease is transmitted by insect bites, such as sand flies or butterfly mosquitoes. Leishmaniasis is often manifested by severe skin eczema without itching. The disease, which progresses in episodes, is incurable and often fatal. The best way to prevent infection is to use special fly sprays to repel the insects.

Babesiosis occurs worldwide, but there are a particularly large number of cases in the tropics and in the countries of the Mediterranean. Like leishmaniasis, babesiosis is a blood parasite disease. However, it is transmitted by ticks. While the disease heals on its own in some cases, it can be fatal in others. Special skin sprays and tick collars offer the best protection against tick bites. It is also possible to have your dog vaccinated against both babesiosis and leishmaniasis, thus preventing infection.

Hepatitis and Ehrlichiosis in the dog

Especially when traveling to tropical and subtropical areas, but also when staying in the Mediterranean, your dog is at risk of infection with Ehrlichiosis. This blood parasite disease is manifested by fever, cramps and paralysis. Because Ehrlichiosis extremely weakens the dog's immune system, the risk of further illnesses increases.

Dog hepatitis, also called hepatozoonosis, is also transmitted by ticks. However, the infection is not caused by a bite, but by eating a special type of tick. Hepatozoonosis occurs in France and Italy as well as in East Asia, India and Africa. This blood parasite disease can also be harmless or fatal. You can prevent both Ehrlichiosis and hepatitis with skin sprays and tick collars.

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