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What is Leptospirosis?
- Vaccinate your dog and livestock.
- Avoid water that might be contaminated with the bacteria, especially water that is stagnant.
- Practice good sanitation, including washing your hands and your children's hands-especially when handling anything that might have your dog's urine on it.
- If your occupation or lifestyle involves routine exposure to wildlife or standing water, wear protective clothing to avoid exposure.
What are the Signs of Leptospirosis?
Look for the following signs that could indicate your dog has been infected with leptospirosis:
Flu-like symptoms are most common, including:
- loss of appetite
- Jaundice, marked by a yellow cast in the gums of the mouth and whites of the eyes.
- In the most severe cases, the disease can lead to kidney failure or liver failure and may be fatal.
How can I protect My Dog from Leptospirosis?
Remember...Protection = Prevention!!!
To protect your dog from this potentially fatal disease, vaccination is key. By vaccinating your dog before exposure to the disease, you may avoid the emotional and financial trauma of dealing with this disease.
Vaccines are affordable, convenient and safe. Talk to your veterinarian about which vaccine is best and how to incorporate it into your dog's routine vaccination program.
Do Vaccines prevent the most common Canine Leptospira?
The most complete leptospirosis protection is with vaccines containing the four most common strains of leptospira bacteria diagnosed today.
Cornell University recently reported that the vast majority of leptospirosis cases they diagnosed in dogs were caused by two strains.
Vaccination for leptospirosis is routinely administered to dogs in combination with other common canine vaccines.
Your veterinarian will initially recommend a two-shot series. Re vaccination frequency will be based on your dog's risk of exposure.