Parasite Infection (Leishmaniasis) in Dogs
Unless your dog is extremely ill, it will be treated as an outpatient. If it is emaciated and chronically infected, you may need to consider euthanasia because the prognosis is very poor for such animals. If your dog is not severely infected, your veterinarian will prescribe a high-quality protein diet, one that is designed specifically for renal insufficiency if necessary.
This is a zoonotic infection, and the organisms residing in the lesions can be communicated to humans. These organisms will never be entirely eliminated, and relapse, requiring treatment, is inevitable.
There are medications that can be helpful in treating symptoms and in addressing the disease. Your veterinarian will advise you on the best course.
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will want to monitor your dog for clinical improvement and for identification of organisms in repeat biopsies. You can expect a relapse a few months to a year after the initial therapy; your veterinarian will want to recheck your dog's condition at least every two months after completion of the initial treatment. The prognosis for a successful cure is very guarded.
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
The term for the nostrils and muscles in the upper and lower lips of an animal; may also be used to describe a type of tool used to keep an animal from biting
The failure of the kidneys to perform their proper functions
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Anything pertaining to an organ
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
The process of turning an egg into a bird
The presence of a disease within a given area
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
A substance that causes chemical change to another
Inducing death on an animal or putting them to sleep
Extreme loss of blood
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.
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