Let’s talk about vaccines!
One of the most simple things you can do to keep your pets healthy is to keep them up to date on their vaccinations. Vaccines can help protect your pets against diseases that can make them sick and in some cases can be fatal.
Leptospirosis a bacterial infection found in the urine of animals, most commonly in rodents. It can enter the body through the mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth, pores on the paw pads, and through open cuts on the body). The bacteria is passed through the urine of infected animals and can be found in soil and water and can survive there for several weeks, sometimes even several months.
How does Leptospirosis affect infected animals?
Leptospirosis most commonly affects the liver and kidneys. Symptoms of this disease include loss of appetite, fever, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea, excessive urination, and jaundice (yellowing) of the eyes and mouth. The damage caused by the infection can lead to kidney and liver failure. If untreated, the effects of Leptospirosis can be fatal.
How can my vet test for Leptospirosis?
Because the symptoms of Leptospirosis can be similar to other disorders and are so variable, exact diagnosis can be difficult. Blood samples can show traces of the leptospirosis bacteria, which can help confirm the diagnosis.
How can I protect my dogs from Leptospirosis?
Get them vaccinated! Talk to your veterinarian about the Leptospirosis vaccine. It’s a once-a-year vaccine (after initial boosters) and a great way to give you and your pet some peace of mind.
Remember: The best offense is a good defense. Preventative health is the key to giving our animal companions long, healthy, and happy lives. Vaccines are an important part of overall preventative healthcare for our pets.