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Leptospirosis, Long Name, Deadly Disease

Sunday, April 17, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

vetdogYou’re tossing around your dogs toys out in the park and one of the dog toys lands in a pond of stagnant water. Your dog anxiously goes to to fetch it but sticks his head in the stagnant water. This water could ¬†contain a potentially deadly disease. Leptospirosis is a potentially deadly bacterial disease. It’s spread by the urine of infected animals. This disease damages a dogs liver and kidney. It will give him soreness, lethargy and fever. Some other symptoms are vomiting and bloody urine. The good news is that there is a vaccine available. At this point, the vaccine does not protect against all strains of Leptospirosis.

Some ways to protect your dog is to keep him away from stagnant water and rodents. Watch for flu like symptoms. If your dog does become infected, your veterinarian will like administer pet medication such as penicillin to clear up the bloodstream and then after the kidney has recovered, give your dog a course of drugs called tetracycline. The dog may become dehydrated so intravenous fluids may also be needed. If you do notice any symptoms, don hesitate. Get your dog to the vet right away.

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