The pine processionary caterpillar is the best known of all the processionaries, the insect is found in the warmer regions of southern Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.  It is the habit of the caterpillars to move over the ground in long head-to-tail processions and to sting with urticaring hairs, anyone who attempts to …

Leishmania

Leishmaniosis is a tropical disease that affects mainly dogs in Spain. The “sand fly” (phlebotombus) sucks blood from a dog infected with leishmania, transforms them into infectious amastigotes and injects them into a healthy dog. Then two things can happen:  1. The dog has a good immune system and destroys the amastigotes or 2. It …

Canaries in Spain

With the Spanish culture comes the singing of the canaries from tiny cages in front of the houses. Canaries used to be taken into the mines because they are very sensitive to the oxygen content of the air. When the canary died, the miners knew they had to leave the mine. After the day at …
In continuation from last month’s article about the City Council Law: Article 22: The collection of animals in public places. An animal is considered abandoned if it has no identification and there is no owner around. If the animal does have identification (microchip) it is considered lost. The owner will be notified and has 5 …
As a foreigner in Spain it is not always clear what the exact rules are. Bear in mind that each municipality can have modified these rules slightly. The Ayuntamiento de Marbella, delegación de salud, has stipulated the following rules for dogs. Capitulo IV: ANIMAL HUSBANDRY. Art 16. Registro Municipal de Animales de Compañía. The owner …

Diabetes

Even though it seems to be a human disease, it is quite common in dogs and cats.Diabetes Mellitus is a disease where the body cannot produce or use insulin to transport sugar (glucose) into the cells for energy.Untreated it can lead to: cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye), urinary tract infections, pancreatic disease, …

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