A vaccine at last against Leishmaniosis

Our three dogs

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.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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