Particularly active from dusk till dawn, sandflies are very small flying insects that can carry Leishmania infantum – a dangerous and spreading pathogen. Sandflies can transmit this parasite from one animal to yours.. It can take anything from 3 months to several years for the disease to be detected in your dog. Leishmaniosis causes a variety of symptoms including fever, weight loss, anorexia, and weakness and it can be fatal. Dogs are particularly at risk of this disease but it can also affect people, making it a zoonotic disease. This makes it even more important to protect our furry friends against sandflies.
Three steps to prevent canine leishmaniosis:
1. Keep your dog indoor at night, prevent flying insects from entering your house and reduce sandfly breeding sites near your home, such as organic matter in composters and bins.
2. Use a repellent with proven efficacy all year round or during the known sandfly risk season. VECTRA 3D repels sandflies, reducing the risk of disease transmission.
3. Ask your veterinarian for advice.
Apply DOUBLE DEFENSETM: protect your dog from the outside against external parasites with VECTRA 3D, and from the inside against pathogens with disease preventives.
See the video to learn more about the disease
NOTE: This disease and type of biting insect are not in the UK yet but knowing about Leishmaniosis is important if you are travelling with your pet to parts of Europe where it is prevalent.