Important news for all dog owners in Spain! We discovered from our vets, Sara and Celia, in Campohermoso this morning that yesterday, the first vaccine against leishmaniosis was released. There are more than two million affected animals in this country and although the disease can be treated, it cannot be cured and prevention, hitherto by the wearing of a special collar, was the only protection against infestation.
The fist vaccination consists of three injections at intervals of three weeks. After this, just one booster vaccine every year is all that’s required. The only downside is, because it’s a live vaccine, it’s likely to be expensive. It’s manufactured by Virbac. If you are bringing a dog to Spain it is worth asking your vet if your dog can be vaccinated before you travel here, bearing in mind that the parasite responsible, a minute sandfly, is active between April and September.