Q. We are moving to Spain with our dog. I have read about a few cases of LM disease in dogs in Spain,
what is this and how can i protect my dog?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. LM is often referred to as Leishmaniasis. This is a vector-borne disease often transmitted by sandflies and other parasites to a host (canine, human, etc). Some dogs may become ill while infected, while others may not show any symptoms at all. The disease may also be possible to transmit from dog to dog.
Treatment usually involves medications to treat the disease itself, however prevention is better through the use of anti-parasite medications such as flea and tick medications that repel or deter external parasites from feeding on your dog.
If you would like a much more in-depth read about this disease, please visit http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/canine-leishmaniasis