Why Worry About Leptospirosis in Dogs?
Understanding leptospirosis symptoms and prevention methods
While a quick dip in the pond or sip from a water puddle may seem harmless to your dog’s health, it could be anything but, should the water be infected with Leptospira bacteria.
Found worldwide, leptospirosis disease (also known as lepto) is caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria, which are found in contaminated soil and water. Urine from infected wildlife serves as the primary source of infection, permeating the environment and in turn, infecting animals and even humans. The prevalence of harmful leptospirosis disease in dogs continues to increase.
Are some dogs at higher disease risks than others?
Adventurous, outdoor-loving pups are at the highest risk for the disease, including those:
How are dogs infected by the disease?
Cats can be impacted by leptospirosis; however, disease transmission is far more common with dogs. They can develop leptospirosis through:
What are common leptospirosis symptoms in dogs?
Signs of disease can vary pet-by-pet, with some animals never presenting symptoms. Some pets may recover quickly, while others may experience grave illness and sudden death. Early treatment with antibiotics can help with a pet’s recovery; ensure you are aware of common signs:
How can pets be protected against this disease?
Help ensure your adventurous pup is shielded from leptospirosis disease. Leptospirosis vaccines for dogs are available to offer him the ultimate protection. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends annual vaccinations for at-risk pets. Vaccination is especially important for any outside dogs and ranch and hunting companions, who are the most likely to come in contact with infected environmental sources. Also, you can help alleviate disease risk by reducing exposure to potentially infected areas.