Leptospirosis - An Increasing Threat
Leptospirosis, or Lepto for short, is a bacteria found in bodies of water such as puddles, ponds, canals, even lakes that an infected animal has urinated in. Soil can also be infected. Any animal can carry this disease but the more common ones are opossum, rat, mice, fox, raccoon, squirrel, deer, cow and pigs. Infection comes from drinking the water or getting infected water into the mucous membranes such as eyes or an open wound. Lepto is a zoonotic disease meaning humans are also at risk. The symptoms can range from mild to extremely ill depending on the strain and length of time infected. The kidney and liver are the main organs that this disease attacks. Testing is available and treatment with antibiotics as soon as possible is the key to minimal damage to these organs.
Edgewood Animal Clinic provides vaccinations against four strains of this disease. Dr. David Lee will determine if your dog is a candidate for protection against Lepto. This vaccination needs to be renewed every year the dog is still at risk. Limiting your pet to these areas will help prevent infection also.
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