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Ginger the Loulé Hills office dog

Ginger the Vizsla

I’d like you to meet Ginger the Hungarian Vizsla our company dog who has settled in well in her new home in Salir. The journey from the UK earlier in the year was easy and stress free. If you are bringing your dog from the UK you will need a passport, rabies vacination (for re-entry to the UK) and I highly recommend a leishmaniasis vaccination (which is uncommon to adminster in the UK) if your dog has not been exposed to this threat before. Leishmaniasis is an unpleasant disease spread by sandflies. When we took Ginger for her vaccination, the Vet explained that she was the first dog he had inoculated, but had several dogs under his care which has contracted the disease whilst travelling overseas.

What is leishmaniasis?

Leishmaniasis, the medical term used for the diseased condition that is brought about by the protozoan parasite Leishmania, can be categorized by two types of diseases in dogs: a cutaneous (skin) reaction and a visceral (abdominal organ) reaction — also known as black fever, the most severe form of leishmaniasis.

The infection is acquired when sandflies transmit the parasites into the skin of a host. The incubation period from infection to symptoms is generally between one month to several years. In dogs, it invariably spreads throughout the body to most organs; kidney failure is the most common cause of death, and virtually all infected dogs develop visceral or systemic disease. As much as 90 percent of infected dogs will also have skin involvement. There is no age, gender, or breed predilection; however, males are more likely to have a visceral reaction.

The main organ systems affected are the skin, kidneys, spleen, liver, eyes, and joints. There is also commonly a skin reaction, with lesions on the skin, and hair loss.

So its really important to ensure your dog has some defence against this nasty disease before you arrive in the algarve.

Travelling with your dog by ferry

You will need to book a pet friendly ferry cabin when making your reservation. All the cabins in this section of the vessel are pet friendly so you will bump in to other dogs in the corridor on the way to the ‘poop’ deck. It’s not offically called the ‘poop deck’ but this is what we affectionately referred to it as when we were onboard. The ‘poop’ deck is the designated area for pets to relieve themself away from other passengers. Although my two dogs managed to hold on until we reached Santader.

You will find a dog drinking bowl and some treats waiting for you if you travel with Britanny Ferries – which I can highly recommend. We traveled from Portsmouth to Santander in February, as the Plymouth ferry does not start until March and only sails once per week.

Dogs on  beaches

Dogs are not allowed on many beaches in the summer. You will find signs indicating this on most beaches.

Check out our Instagram for more photos of Ginger.

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