Mediterranean diseases are very common amongst stray dogs, because of one major reason: The dogs are not protected against ticks and flies, unless being taken care of by people, activists or associations as ourselves.
Ticks and sandflies can be found everywhere around Europe and especially in the southern, hot climate zones, but climate change is slowly flattening this endemic tendancy, which is why several of these “Mediterranean diseases” can also be caught by dogs living in Austria, France, Germany and other countries.
Additionally, we would like to remind each and every potential adopter of a former stray dog, that the risk of a former rescue dog developing a Mediterranean disease once at home, in Germany, cannot be excluded – even though we test and treat our dogs. Some of these diseases have long incubation periods, which is why you can never have a 100% guarantee of your rescue dog to be “free of Mediterranean diseases risks”. This applies to all dogs coming from mediterranean climate zones, such as Greece, Italy, Spain, Romania, Northmacedonia, etc.
The causative agent of ehrlichiosis in dogs is Ehrlichia canis. The so-called Ehrlichia is a bacterium that attaches itself to the white blood cells and in this way spreads unhindered to the liver, spleen and lymph nodes. Due to….
The causative agent of dirofilariasis is a specific filarial species called Dirofilaria immitis. The larvae, also called microfilariae, are already formed in the vector, the mosquito, and are transmitted to the host, the dog. After transmission….
The pathogens of babesiosis they the parasites Babesia canis and Babesia vogeli. This is a protozoan that exclusively attacks the red blood cells, multiplies and ultimately destroys them.
Incubation period: Up to three weeks.
The pathogens of anaplasmosis in dogs are Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma platys. Anaplasmosis is a bacterium that affects the granulocytes (Anaplasma phagocytophilum) and the thrombocytes (Anaplasma platys)…
All our dogs are always tested on these Mediterranean Diseases and we always treat our dogs in case they turn out to be positive on one or more of these diseases.
Up to this date, throughout all our years of rescuing stray dogs, we have always managed to successfully treat them and have never lost a single dog on these diseases. No matter which Mediterranean Disease, every single dog is today living a wonderful, pain-free and handicap-free life in their families.