Leptospirosis, also known as “Lepto,” is a deadly disease for dogs which can be spread to humans.
Recently, there was a Lepto outbreak in the state of Florida. It is contagious and we wanted to let you know what to do about it.
Firstly, you should know how it comes about. Lepto can be transmitted to your dog because it is a bacterial infectious disease. Your dog can get it from another dog, he or she can get it from swimming or playing in the water (most common in slow-moving or stagnant water), he can also get it by being exposed to urine of an animal that does have it.
Lepto can infect dogs, rodents, raccoons, cattle, pigs and horses so if you have a pet around these animals, please take note. As an example, if you have raccoons that you know come in your yard at night (they most likey urinate there too) and your dog gets exposed to that, he is at risk of this disease.
Pet owners can get Lepto from their pet if you have an open cut or ingest something that is infected. Symptoms for us would appear like we have the flu.
Vaccinations are available to safeguard your dog from this deadly disease. If left untreated, your dog can die of kidney or liver failure.
The Lepto vaccine is $18 per injection.
We hope to see you and your dog soon for everyone’s protection.