Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria spread through soil, water, and the urine of infected animals, and if not caught early it can be deadly. There is a vaccine available for the most common subtypes of the bacteria that infect dogs, but it’s not always a recommended part of the routine vaccination protocol. The Claus Paws Animal Hospital staff will Recommend your dog be vaccinated for Leptospirosis if he/she goes camping, hiking, or spends time outdoors where there are puddles, ponds, bird baths, slow moving or stagnant areas of water. If your dog drinks water from these sources they are at risk.
Leptospirosis is a Zoonotic disease, meaning humans can pick up the bacteria from contact with the urine of an infected dog. In some cases, a canine leptospirosis infection is asymptomatic. When symptoms do occur they can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, depression, and blood in the urine.
Ask your Veterinarian for more information about the Leptospirosis Vaccination and if your Canine friend is at risk.