PROTECT YOUR DOG FROM SANDFLY
There is no vaccine against Leishmaniasis
NOTE THE FOLLOWING BASIC TIPS:
Keep your dog indoors between around the end of April and the end of October. (When night temperatures are above 16ºC) Never allow your dog to rest or sleep outdoors at night, except on windy nights if you can be sure the wind does not drop.
Spray fly screens and dog's indoor premises (or your home) with a solution of Stomoxin (permethrin) once weekly. Dabbing the coat of the dog with this solution is also common practice but be careful to have adequate ventilation and avoid overdosage (dilute accurately) when doing this to your dog. Handle Stomoxin with care, away from fish tanks, food and avoid inhalation.
Use an Excalibur collar to increase protection.
Advantix (BAYER) is the latest product and is also effective against ticks and fleas..
The above methods do not give 100% protection, more close to around 80%.
A guaranteed protection is operating a fan, ceiling or otherwise (even at lowest speed) over the dog's indoor area, especially where the dog sleeps.
Have your dog's blood tested around the end of January of each year. Early detection enhances the chances of survival if your dog is infected.
Prevention is better than cure … but with regard to Leishmaniasis cure can never be guaranteed.