Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that humans and animals can be at risk of contracting. It is contracted by coming in contact with water, food or soil that has been exposed to the urine carrying the bacteria. In our area, water sources such as a lake or creeks are the most likely places to find Leptospirosis. Why? Animals, such as livestock that are infected, shed the bacteria in their urine. The urine seeps into the ground or runs off into water.
Since the bacteria is zoonotic (can be transmitted from animals to humans), it is very important to protect our pets. We can vaccinate dogs to help protect them. If your pet has exposure to water sources or farms, it is in his or her best interest to vaccinate. The vaccine can be given with the yearly DHPP. If your pet has never had the vaccine, he or she will need a booster 3 weeks later. Then your pet can be vaccinated yearly with other vaccines.
Symptoms of Leptospirosis include:
Leptospirosis can cause liver and kidney damage. Talk to your veterinarian to discuss your pet’s risk and if the vaccination is right for him or her.
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