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Archive for May 15th, 2012

Leptospirosis

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

Leptospirosis is a potentially deadly bacterial infection that’s spread by the urine of infected animals. It can damage a dog’s liver and kidney. Symptoms include soreness, lethargy and fever.  An infected dog  may also vomit and have bloody urine. There is a vaccine available but it does not protect against all strains of  Leptospirosis.  Always keep your dog away from stagnant water and rodents and watch for flu like symptoms. If your dog does become infected, your veterinarian will likely administer penicillin to clear up the bloodstream and then after the kidneys recover, he’ll give your dog a course of drugs called tetracycline. The dog may become dehydrated so intravenous fluids may also be needed.

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