If you have had the chance to adopt one of these lovely galgos or Podencos, DON’T FORGET TO TEST YOUR SPANISH DOGS EVERY YEAR FOR AT LEAST 7 YEARS AFTER ADOPTION EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN SPAIN ! 

Leishmaniasis can be invisible in your dog until something triggers an outbreak. This could be a vaccine, moving house or adding a new family member or even the change between seasons.
Make sure your veterinary gets your Spanish hound’s blood tested yearly for Mediterranean diseases such as leishmaniasis and the most common tick diseases including Anaplasmosis.

This is not to create panic but to make sure, a possible outbreak can be prevented by keeping an eye on your dogs. Even though our dogs left Spain with all negative bloodwork, leishmaniasis can have an incubation time for up to 7 years.
If detected early enough it’s not at all a death sentence and can be treated even though it is not curable. Many of our own dogs lived many many years being positive but died of old age and not the disease.

Some of the most typpical symtoms the adoptants could detect:
– dandruffy skin
– rough tips of the ears or even crusts or small wounds
– very dry nose
– bleeding from the nose
– sore spots on joints
– bold rings around the eyes (looks as if they were wearing glasses)
– inexplicable lameness
– pale gums caused by anemia
are just a few of them.

The above and the viceral symptoms that could even include bloody diarrhea, weight loss etc are described in the following link.


We know that some dogs have been euthanized because the veterinaries were not aware of the spanish hounds origin and did not check on LEISHMANIASIS when a dog with “strange unexplainable symptoms” was brought to the clinic.

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