Dogs and their undisputed love for their owners show us exactly why we need to protect the exuberant, fuzzy animals. This is especially true in light of a new report that says a parasitic eyeworm, called Thelazia callipaeda , is currently a threat to the UK canine population. The eyeworm is spread by a specific fruit fly in Europe that, if left untreated, attains puppies lose their sight .
There were three serious dog-related examples reported in the UK last year, but all were able to be cured after treatment. However, British pet owneds returning from European countries where the parasite is endemic are also being advised about the parasite, especially proprietors with puppies and cats. They’ve been told to watch out for conjunctivitis( or pink eye) and anything else that seems harmful or threatening. The infected fly sits on the animal’s eye and releases infective larvae. If the infectious disease runs uncured, it was able build the animal go blind .
In 2015, a report shared that Thelazia callipaeda is an emerging zoonotic infection and that there needs to be an “increased awareness among owneds, veterinarians and ophthalmologists, even outside the known endemic areas.” This includes areas such as Italy, France, Portugal, Switzerland, and Romania .
Phortica variegata is another fruit fly that can be found in Britain and, according to veterinary expert John Graham-Brown, there’s also a chance that is able to pass the infection on to is not merely animals but humen too .
In 2014, The Pet Travel Scheme( PETS) was updated to include tighter security for animals going back to the UK. However, Graham Brown shared in BMJ that the PETS security measure still weren’t good enough, saying: “So far, the government had been only one strain of the infection round in Europe. But it’s been spreading quite rapidly recently. We are not sure why .
“We do have this type of fly in the UK as well, so there is the potential for an infected dog to come back and give it to the fly here, and then it could spread.”