Breed: Cross breed

Age: 8 years

Gender: Male

Can live with dogs? Yes


Benny is about eight years old. Small dog but a bit overweight so needs exercise.

Lives with other dogs fine.

He had a home in UK but when he was tested before travel he showed borderline Leishmaniasis so his home fell through.

Although showing no signs of the disease, as many don’t develop it, he has had the intensive treatment. Takes a tablet a day.

He is fit and fine. A great little chap for someone.

So we thought we would offer him the chance of a home in the UK.

Leishmaniasis is a disease that is transmitted by the sand fly Mosquito in Spain, A sand fly has to bite an infected dog and carry the infected blood to the next dog it feeds from and will then infect that dog.

You cannot catch Leishmaniasis from a dog with the condition, you need to be bitten by a sandfly and we do not have any in the UK, so a dog with Leish is not contagious to you or your family.

Mediterranean Leish is not the same as African Continent Leish which can be transmitted to humans.

In the Uk vets do not have much knowledge of this condition and often can give advice that may be over cautious. We us Vets Klinic and they now have a good understanding of the condition.

Dogs who come to the UK with Leish, come with their blood tests and medication. Stress in dogs with Leish can lead to dogs having a higher reading and once settled in a loving home many dogs reading lowers, sometimes to the point they no longer need medication.