The canine Leishmaniasis is progressing dangerously! Before that all I want to clarify that this article is not written for professionals or scientists who are looking for information on Leishmaniasis in dogs. I wrote this article for common people, owners of dogs, neighbors, friends of my blog readers, lovers of dogs and pets in general and who are interested in the health of animals and people, people who does not belong to the field of human medicine or veterinary medicine. I will try to express myself in simple terms and common, not technical or scientific words and emphasize the most important points you should know about Leishmaniasis in dogs so that you have clear, summarised basic information in order to prevent risks and protect your pets and your family of the dreaded Leishmaniasis in dogs. Leishmaniasis visceral (LV) is a widespread chronic illness characterized by fever of long duration, which has gradual or sudden onset, affects to the liver, the spleen, the lymph nodes, bone marrow which is the factory of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. It is characterized by lack of appetite, weight loss and extreme thinning in some cases and progressive weakness. Without treatment this box leads to death in 1 or 2 years after the appearance of the first symptoms. The causative organism of Leishmaniasis in dogs is a parasitic Protozoan of the family of the trypanosomes, called Leishmania Chagasi, which is a relative of the decedent of the Mal de Chagas disease transmitted by an insect that bites and sucks blood known in Argentina as the Vinchuca, which is known by different names in different countries. In Argentina the main Vector or transmitter of Leishmaniasis in dogs is similar to a mosquito insect while it is not exactly, it is a sandfly called Lutzomyia longipalpis. Adults of this insect, from 2 to 4 mm long, feed on plant juices and females, for the production of eggs, ingest using blood of dogs and humans.

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