What is leptospirosis and where is it found?
Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria found worldwide that causes disease in dogs and other animals as well as people. It's more common in certain areas of the country, but it survives best in warm, wet climates and in areas with standing water, such as muddy spots or ponds at the dog park. It can occur in both the country and the city and can be spread by wildlife including rodents in the inner city.
How is leptospirosis spread?
Leptospirosis is spread through exposure to infected urine of wild animals or dogs. The bacteria can enter the body through open cuts or wounds in the skin, through contact with mucous membranes (i.e. the mouth or eyes), or swallowing water with contaminated urine.
What does leptospirosis do to my pet?
Leptospirosis can cause damage to multiple organ systems resulting in a variety of clinical signs. The main...Continue Reading
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