Funding for this research was provided by:
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (Finance Code 001)
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (Nº 17/2551-001 405-7 by Research Program for SUS: Shared Health Management – PPSUS: DECIT/SCTIE/MS, CNPq, FAPERGS and SES-RS)
Received: 23 April 2019
Accepted: 20 September 2019
First Online: 30 October 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study was carried out in strict accordance with the recommendations in the Brazilian national guidelines on animal experimentation [CitationRef removed]. The protocol was approved by the Federal University of Pampa Ethics Committee on Animal Use (CEUA - UNIPAMPA) permit number: CEUA- 016/2016. Oral consent was obtained from all equines and canines owners prior to sampling. Since this study did include only minimal animal invasive experiments, the CEUA (Ethics Committee on Animal Use) decided that no written approval was required from owners. Owners were informed that if they participate in the study they would allow the researchers to perform a complete physical and clinical examination and collection of biological samples such as blood and eye secretions for diagnosis of leishmaniosis. The participation in the study would not bring any legal complications and all information collected would be confidential. The owners would have no cost, nor receive any financial advantage. The telephone numbers of researchers were provided to clarify any doubts.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.