Treatment Discovered for Emerging Zoonotic Disease

Morris Animal Foundation recently funded a study that discovered a vaccine that could treat dogs already infected with the CanL disease.

Close up of a dog next to a vaccine or shot.
Close up of a dog next to a vaccine or shot. Photography ©Yana Tikhonova | Getty Images.

A recent study found that a Brazilian vaccine used to prevent dogs from contracting a deadly, parasitic disease called canine leishmaniasis (CanL) can also treat dogs already infected with CanL. CanL is a seasonal zoonotic disease found in more than 70 countries that has recently been seen in the United States.

The study, funded by the Morris Animal Foundation, conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa and published in the journal Vaccine, was the first clinical trial investigating if the vaccine LeishTec might treat CanL in dogs already infected with the disease.

Thumbnail: Photography ©Yana Tikhonova | Getty Images.

About the author

Pet expert Jackie Brown has spent 20 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. She is contributing writer for National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness: The Veterinarian’s Approach to At-Home Animal Care (April 2019) and author of the book It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Making Sense of Animal Phrases (Lumina Press, 2006). Jackie is a regular contributor to pet and veterinary industry media and is the former editor of numerous pet magazines, including Dog World, Natural Dog, Puppies 101, Kittens 101 and the Popular Cats Series. Prior to starting her career in publishing, Jackie spent eight years working in veterinary hospitals where she assisted veterinarians as they treated dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, birds and one memorable lion cub. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons and miniature poodle Jäger. Reach her at

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