How much do you know about Leptospirosis? Where does it come from? Who is at risk? Is it preventable?
These are all great questions that you should know the answer to if you have a canine companion.
What is Leptospirosis?
Leptospirosis is a deadly bacterial disease which affects the liver and kidneys of infected dogs. It is caused by the bacteria Leptospira.
Who is at risk?
ANY dog is at risk. Whether you live in the city or the country, any dog, large or small, active hunter or pampered pooch can get Leptospirosis.
Where does it come from?
Leptospirosis is found in the urine of infected wildlife – squirrels, rats, raccoons, mice, and many other species can carry the bacteria. Leptospirosis is found in puddles or wet spots where these animals have urinated.
What happens if my dog is infected?
Infected dogs become very ill, eventually progressing to acute kidney failure. Without treatment, it can be fatal.
Is Leptospirosis treatable?
Yes, but even with treatment, 1 out of 5 dogs with Leptospirosis will die.
How can I prevent this?
There is a safe, convenient, and affordable vaccination available. If you are not sure if your dog is vaccinated, please call us or log into your PetSites web portal to check your records. If you would like to schedule an appointment for vaccination, please call 802-633-3660.
What else do I need to know?
Oh, and did we mention, Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease! That means you can get it too if exposed to infected urine from a sick dog.
If your dog is ill and you don’t know why, always schedule an appointment with your veterinarian ASAP!