Leptospirosis, often called Lepto, is a bacterial infection that attacks your dog’s nervous system and organs. Some strains of Lepto can also be passed to humans and this is called Weil’s disease.
Lepto can be life-threatening for dogs, it progresses quickly and can lead to organ failure. It is one of the vaccinations that is recommended for your dog.
What is Leptospirosis?
Leptospirosis is spread through the urine of infected animals which can contaminate water or soil that your dog comes into contact with. It then enters your dog’s body through their eyes, nose, mouth or where there is broken skin.
It is most often found in stagnant water, which is why some dogs owners try to keep their dogs out of stagnant ponds and canals when out on walks. There is also a greater risk after flooding which spreads contaminated water. Also, as the flood waters dry up or recede, they can become stagnant and ripe for contamination.
What are the symptoms?
Leptospirosis symptoms can include fever, excessive thirst, muscle pain and vomiting. If your dog has any of these then they should be taken to your nearest Vet immediately.
Is the Leptospirosis Vaccination safe?
Over the past few years, there have been many articles in the media suggesting that the vaccine for Leptospirosis is harmful to dogs and can cause health problems after the dog has the vaccination.
These stories have become so widespread that the Government has taken a look at the research behind this and put out information to show that this isn’t the case. There are small risks involved in any vaccination, but these always far outweigh the health issues that can be caused by contracting the disease itself.
You can see the Government’s article in full here.
If you have any question about this or any other vaccination for your pet then please talk to us about today at your local Best Friends Vet Branch.
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