Travel diseases in dogs - heartworm and leishmaniasis!

Tzt. Elisabeth Helm GPCert SAS/SAM
Travel sickness in dogs
Especially when traveling to the south, you should think about a parasite prophylaxis for your dog. So that there are no nasty surprises!


Safe travel with the dog

Vacation with dog

Where can your dog catch it?

The risk of infection is particularly high in regions with a Mediterranean climate (such as Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece). Diseases such as dirofilariosis (heartworm disease) or leishmaniasis are transmitted by vectors (mosquitoes, ticks, etc.) during the biting act. Often the animals do not show symptoms until the disease is advanced and treatment is difficult and fraught with many risks. Here applies: Prevention is better than treatment!

How can you protect your pet?

If you want to protect your pet as much as possible, you should not take it to a risk country in the first place, because there is no absolute protection against these diseases.
If you still want to take your pet with you, the following measures are recommended: 

  • Protection against ticks
    As spot-on preparation or tablet - the ticks are killed during the sucking act
  • Protection against heartworm
    A parasite remedy before and after the holiday protects against possible infection
  • Protection against leishmaniasis
    No walks during the twilight because the transmitting mosquitoes are active then above all (here there is unfortunately no comprehensive protection)
Puppy in the veterinary practice

When traveling with a dog, do not forget the valid pet passport with all current vaccinations! You can find more information in our article: VACATION WITH DOG

We wish you a great vacation!

We will be happy to advise you on any questions you may have about traveling with your dog.

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About the author
Tzt. Elisabeth Helm GPCert SAS/SAM
Tzt. Elisabeth Helm GPCert SAS/SAM

Elisabeth Helm has over 10 years of professional experience as a veterinarian. She completed her studies at the LMU Munich and subsequently trained as a General Practitioner for small animal medicine and surgery at the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies. In 2013 she founded the veterinary practice Uderns in the Zillertal.

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