Sunday, August 22, 2021

What Is Leptosporis? How To Protect Your Dog


Leptospirosis (lepto) cases are on the rise. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can affect people and animals. The Leptospira interrogans bacteria is spread though urine and can survive in water and soil for weeks to months. It enters the body through the skin, eyes, nose or mouth. Dogs are at risk if they drink from or swim through contaminated water (puddles, lakes, streams), roam on rural property or have contact with rodents or other wild animals. The signs of leptospirosis are similar to those of kidney disease and may include fever, lethargy, reduced appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and increased urination and thirst. Leptospirosis can lead to kidney and/or liver failure.
The number of reported cases of lepto is on the rise. Here are a few ways to protect your dog from leptospirosis:

• Talk to your veterinarian about whether the leptospirosis vaccine is right for your dog.

• Keep your home and yard free of rats, mice, raccoons, rabbits and opossums, as they can all carry leptospirosis.

• Do not allow your dog to drink from puddles or standing water or swim through lakes or rivers that may have been contaminated with urine from an animal.

If your dog has been exposed to or contracted lepto, Ask Ariel’s Kidney Health and Renelix are essential kidney support products for dogs.