Monday, 23 November 2009

To Norwegian students with dogs in Hungary

Hi everyone :)

I have recieved quite alot of questions regarding bloodtesting after we started the donor program at the university clinic using Budadogs as blood-donors.

I would just like to stress the importance of testing your dog regularly for the diseases endemic to Hungary which do not exist in Norway (I do not know what diseases apply to other countries). When deciding what to routine-test our dogs for I talked to the head of and also the parasitology department to map out which diseases have a high occurence in Hungary and lack of in Norway. Based on this we routine test all our dogs for Borrelia, Babesia and Dirofilaria. Borrelia exists in Norway, - Babesia and Dirofilaria do not. Therefore I would like to stress the importance of testing your dogs regularly for these diseases and treating preventatively as long as your dog is in Hungary.

Babesia is tick-borne, Dirofilaria by mosquito`s. Thankfully the occurence of D.immitis is rare but D.repens is endemic to this region (apparantly they don`t have much of the mosquito vector for D.immitis.. yet). It is hard to get rid of (if at all possible) and can take a year or more. Although it does not have much clinical consequence for a dogs life to live with D.repens it is still important to test your dog for it and take the right steps should it turn out to be positive. We do not bring positive dogs to Norway. All in all we have had 5 dogs with positive tests. These are undergoing treatment and will be rehomed to Hungary, unless a bloodtest shows otherwise.

If you want to test your dog for Babesia and Dirofilaria/Microfilaria specifically you can do this at recsei vet clinic for 5000ft.

Anouska :)

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