What is Leptospirosis?
This is a disease that affects canines after they come in touch with stagnated water. The bacteria present in this water affects the pets.
As per reports, a dog passed away in the Roseville region after infecting the virus.
Five Important Points About Leptospirosis
- Indoor Pets Can Also Contract the Disease
Most animals that infect these bacteria tend to spend more time outdoors. Indoor pets are also not safe from Leptospirosis. Apartment pets contracting from the rats and the mice are not unheard of.
- What are the signs of the disease?
Both humans and dogs produce similar signs.
Signs of leptospirosis include-
Those signs are quite like many other ailments. But, early detection will help to prevent liver and kidney problems.
The treatment has to be up to date and also appropriate.
- How Leptospirosis spreads?
It spreads in puddles and lakes after affected animal pass urine in the water. Dogs or animals who drink this water become sick.
Most mammals including mice, rat, deer, skunks, squirrels, and raccoons are carriers.
- Can Humans Contract Leptospirosis?
It impacts canines that play in stagnated water while splashing around lakes. Dogs visiting dog parks can also ingest this bacteria. Dog parents are also susceptible to Leptospirosis bacteria.
Take this scenario for example.
“ If you are busy cleaning or clearing up their yard, and some bacteria enter your body. You can get leptospirosis.”
- How to Prevent and Treat the Disease?
At Douglas Vet Clinic, it is mandatory that all animals get shots for leptospirosis. The shot does not cure or prevent the disease. It actually reduces the signs and enables quick recovery.
The first booster costs US$ 60.00. The annual boosters cost US$ 30.00. If a pet ingests this bacteria, vets treat the disease with lots of fluids and antibiotics.