Myths and truths about leishmaniasis in dogs
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If you have a dog, you have the responsibility of having to provide care at all times so that you live well. Being owners of a dog, you have to take care of your health so that you have a good quality of life. If we talk about your health, there are many myths about leishmaniasis in dogs, of which many of them are totally false and that only confuse people.
Some myths and truths about leishmaniasis in dogs
It is likely that you have occasionally heard that leishmaniasis only affects dogs of medium or large size and that those of small breed cannot be contagious. It is not true, all dogs can be infected by this disease and we must give them the maximum care, like other dogs of other sizes.
Many people claim that leishmaniasis is transmitted through a mosquito. They really do it through an insect called a phlebotomist. It is ensured that there is no type of treatment and although there is not one that is definitive, there are options that allow you to control the disease.
It is said that leishmaniasis can not be prevented and there is a certain part in it and there is not. Research is being conducted on this disease and there is no vaccine that prevents the infection completely, although there are ways that can stimulate the dog’s immune system.
Many people say that dogs that live inside the house cannot be infected. This is another myth given that a phlebotomist is a small insect that can live in different environments, like our home.
Finally, it is said that euthanasia is the best thing to do with an infected person, but it is false. If the dog has an adequate state of health, it can have a normal life even if it has this chronic disease.