This is a common question from many of our clients every day. We would like to help you understand this important disease and its prevention. Leptospirosis is an infection caused by the Leptospira bacteria. This bacteria can infect many mammals including dogs, cats, rats, mice, squirrels, skunks and raccoons. It is typically shed in the urine and then can dwell in moist soil or standing water. Cats that are infected with Leptospirosis seem to not exhibit serious symptoms. However, an infected cat can shed the bacteria and expose other animals to it. Dogs can contract Leptospirosis from contact with infected animals, drinking standing water, or the bacteria can enter any minor cuts on a dog from the soil.
Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease. This means it is contagious to humans. The most likely way humans contract Leptospirosis is by exposure to dog or rat urine. However, any bodily fluid, including vomit and saliva, can transmit the disease. If your dog is infected with Leptospirosis, it is very important to observe proper hygiene even after they have recovered (wearing protective gloves when cleaning up after your dog, preventing face licking, etc.)
The symptoms of a dog infected with Leptospirosis can vary from minor illness such as lethargy, poor appetite, fever, vomiting, and increased thirst or urine production. Major symptoms can also occur such as liver or kidney failure.
The best way to keep your pets and family members safe is overall prevention of Leptospirosis. Try to prevent your dog from drinking from standing water, and limit their contact to wildlife. The vaccine for Leptospirosis is the best way to prevent disease, and to decrease the symptoms of infection if your dog is exposed. The Leptospirosis vaccine is given annually and is very safe. Please feel free to discuss this further with one of the team members at the Berwick Animal Clinic.
We offer both preventative care services (much like your visits to the dentist), along with dental x-rays and tooth extractions. Good oral hygiene is the best thing that you can do to ensure a longer life, with less health concerns, for your pet. Call us to schedule a dental exam or service.x
Laboratory services are a vital part of the diagnostic process when it comes to veterinarian care. This is because in many cases it is not possible to be able to give a firm diagnosis without undertaking additional tests to confirm the root of the problem. If you have any questions or concerns your vet will be happy to speak to you.x
This is the most effective way to assist in having your companion returned if they go missing. The microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. When scanned, it provides information that assists in reuniting you with your furry friend!x
Congratulations on the newest member of your household - we can’t wait to meet them! Call us today to schedule an initial visit – our team will conduct a thorough physical exam, in addition to discussing nutrition, training, and medical care. We’ll be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have, as wellx