Aug 14 2018

Leptospirosis: All You Need to Know | Winslow Animal Hospital Dog & Cat

Leptisporosis is a zoonotic disease that can cause a lot of harm to you, your family, and your furry friend. Winslow Animal Hospital is here to provide you with information on this disease and tell you how to prevent it. 

What is Leptisporosis?

Leptosprosis is caused by a bacteria cause called Leptospira. This bacteria is carried in the urine of infected animals such as rats or dogs

Leptospirosis in Your Pet

Your pet can get Leptospirosis by drinking contaminated water. It effects more dogs then cats. Unfortunately, your pet could display little to no symptoms.

Symptoms that can be displayed include:

  • fever
  • shivering
  • muscle tenderness
  • reluctance to move
  • increased thirst
  • changes in the frequency or amount of urination
  • dehydration
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • lethargy
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes), 
  • painful inflammation within the eyes

This disease can cause severe damage to the liver and kidneys.

Leptospirosis in a Human

Humans can get Leptosporosis from contaminated lakes and water, much like your pet. Humans can also get leptosporisis through contaminated soil. This soil and water that can effect your family can be contaminated by your own pet. 

Symptoms of Leptospirosis in humans include:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
  • Red eyes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash

If these symptoms present, please see a doctor. Especially if your pet has been diagnosed with Leptospirosis.

What is the Best Way to Prevent Leptospirosis?

Vaccination is the best way to prevent against Leptospirosis. The vaccine lasts for a year, so make sure you are keeping your pet up to date with their vaccines. Reducing your pet’s access to possible contaminated sources, such as rivers or lakes, can also help.

Please make an appointment with your vet today to discuss vaccination and how to protect your pet against Leptosopirosis. 

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