Leptospirosis: A Problem as close as your backyard.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can be found in most animals including livestock and wildlife (deer, raccoons, opossums, skunks, rats and other rodents). The bacteria are passed via the urine into water sources, where they can reside. Leptospirosis bacteria can be present in any stagnant surface of water, moist soil and recreational water sources such as ponds and lakes.
Is my dog at risk?
Your dog can be exposed to Leptospirosis by drinking, swimming in or walking through contaminated water. Bacteria can enter the blood stream through a cut in the skin or through mucous membranes (such as eyes, nose or mouth).
Leptospirosis is contagious! It can be transmitted from dog to dog.
Exposure risk increases during the summer and early fall, and other periods of high rainfall.
Can People Get Leptospirosis?
Yes. The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention estimates that up to 200 human cases are identified in the United States every year. Visit this website for more information about the disease and prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/leptospirosis/
Look for the following signs that could indicate that you dog may be infected with Leptospirosis:
Fever, Loss of Appetite, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Dehydration, Weakness, Depression or Lethargy.
Jaundice, marked by a yellow cast in the gums of the mouth and whites of the eyes.
In severe cases, the disease can lead to kidney or liver failure and may be fatal.
How can I protect my Dog?
The best protection for your dog is Prevention! Call the office today (425-228-1002) to find out if your dog has been immunized. If not, we would be happy to set you up with an appointment to help get your dog protected.