Dog: Leishmaniasis

A protozoal disease seen in tropical regions of the world caused by Leishmania donovani.

The disease is transmitted among dogs by sand flies. This parasite infects cells in many organs including bone marrow, liver, kidney, spleen, lymph nodes and skin.

Clinical signs will depend on which organ is affected and include skin lesions, weight loss, poor appetite, enlarged lymph nodes, diarrhea, lameness and nose bleeds.

Treatment is difficult. Despite long term use of several antiparasitic medications, leishmaniasis is rarely cured.

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