Leishmania Nosode


Nosodes are specialized homeopathic remedies that are prepared by taking actual diseased matter such as diseased tissue or nasal discharge from a sick animal. The preparation of a nosode involves a lengthy process of succussion and dilution of the original material using traditional homeopathic protocols until virtually no molecules of the crude substance remain, rendering the nosode safe for use.

This process, called potentization, inactivates the original disease substance and converts the material into a bioenergetic remedy, which interacts with the body’s energy field. The final product is a potent remedy that is an energetic blueprint of the actual disease and can actually stimulate dogs immune system to ward off the disease.

At present time  there are no clinical studies which measure the rate of protection provided by nosodes. However, there is considerable anectodal evidence on their efficacy. 

Dr. Christopher Day used nosode in outbreak of Kennel Cough with the great success.

It is my professional opinion based on years of clinical experience with homeopathic remedies that Leishmania nosode in combination with OTHER PROTECTIVE MEASURES (as discussed on this page) can provide significant and safe protection which is also inexpensive in comparison with the conventional vaccine.


The difference between a nosode and a conventional vaccine is that there are no dangerous chemicals and additives in the homeopathic remedy. Nosodes are also given orally whereas core vaccines are injected.

Our Leishmania canis nosode is prepared in UK homeopathic laboratory and is completely safe, easy to administer and can be given to puppies much earlier than the vaccines.

One bottle of Lesihmania Canis Nosode will provide protection for the whole year.

For your individually tailored Leishmania prevention protocol please use the contact form on this page.



There are many options to keep Sand fly dieseae at bay

Leishmaniasis is endemic in Malta like many other countries of the Mediterranean basin. This disease has a very bad reputation amongst dog owners and rightfully so. If not diagnosed early it can be deadly and unfortunately, in some cases of highly sensitive breeds even an early diagnosis does not prevent death.

As a proactive veterinarian I consider it one of my missions to help educate people on the advantages of natural animal care and prevention of the diseases. My goal for  is to keep my pateients  in glowing good health rather than be forced to treat them for disease.


Leishmaniasis is caused by a protozoan (a single celled organism) of Leishmania genus which is transmitted to the dogs by Phlebotomine bites. These are tiny mosquitoes, not really sand flies as the popular name of this disease might suggest. The only connection with the sand is their sandy colour and they are not normally found on sandy beaches but instead around rubble walls and old dilapidated houses.

They are poor fliers and cannot fly much higher than two storeys. They are mostly active from dusk till dawn as they are sensitive to sun. They are also not active on windy days.

In order to bite a dog and being such poor fliers, these tiny mosquitoes need to find the hairless spot on its body, therefore dogs that are on the move will be less likely a target than dogs that sleep outside during warm nights.



  • Vaccination against CanL is a recent tool for pet owners and unfortunately the two commercial vaccines available have low protective efficacy of about 68–71% (Canileish® 68.4%; Leish-Tec® 71%) [1, 2, 3]. As with any vaccine there are possible side effects, also vaccination may  create false sense of security bringing neglect of other important preventative measures as discussed below
  • Avoiding prolonged stay outdoors during nighttime in summer months can go a long way in preventing this disease.
  • Regular application of natural insect repellent products can be very effective.

  • Applying harsh toxic chemicals that are supposed to protect your dog from sand-fly bites is certainly not without risks. You only need to ask yourself- would you apply a chemical on your skin, so potent that it can stay in your system for more then 2 weeks in such a high concentration that enables it to deter the mosquitoes or instantly kills any insect that bites you. In certain situation chemical repelants are neccessary but they should be used with caution and after discussion with your veterinarian.  Cats and dogs often suffer side effects from these chemicals , especially if they are given blindly and frequently. In my opinion, the risks of these products are simply too big to warrant their routine use. There are other safer, more natural alternatives which can be very effective when used in proper manner.


If detected early Lesihmaniasis can be managed and controlled.  Many dogs will remain asymptomatic for years and once the symptoms of the disease are evident the parasite has already inflicted a lot of damage in the body.  Therefore, I strongly recommend yearly blood screening, preferably in wintertime.  This is a simple procedure and the test results are received within 24-48h.


Most of the early-diagnosed dogs respond well to treatment with allopurinol (human gout medicine).

There are also some other medicines  marketed as treatment for canine Leishmanias but they are significantly less safe then allopurinol.

In addition to allopurinol, Leishmania treatment protocol should include proper nutritional management in order to boost the immune system as well as supplementation with different substances to support the function  of  the liver and kidneys. I very often employ herbal medicine as well as homeopathic remedies and nosodes according to the individual health profile of the dog.


For individual assessment and treatment consultation use the contact form on this page.

 Maltese breeds like Kelb Tal Fenek tend to be more resistant To Sand Fly Disease but not completely immune.



1. E. Brianti, E. Napoli, G. Gaglio et al., “Field evaluation of two different treatment approaches and their ability to control fleas and prevent canine leishmaniosis in a highly endemic area,” PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 10, no. 9, Article ID e0004987, 2016.

2. C. B. Palatnik-de-Sousa, “Vaccines for canine leishmaniasis,” Frontiers in Immunology, vol. 3, article 69, 2012.

3. C. B. Fernandes, J. T. M. Junior, C. de Jesus et al., “Comparison of two commercial vaccines against visceral leishmaniasis in dogs from endemic areas: IgG, and subclasses, parasitism, and parasite transmission by xenodiagnosis,” Vaccine, vol. 32, no. 11, pp. 1287–1295, 2014.



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