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Leptospirosis —-Prevent It, It’s Nasty!

Saturday, May 21, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

ratcatYou can help prevent Leptospirosis for both you and your pet by keeping rodents under control. This includes Opossums which are much more active during the summer months. You will notice while driving back from the Jersey shore or back from the beach here in southern Delaware during sunset, lots of Opossums grazing along the side of the road. According to the center of Disease Control rodents carry and spread bacteria that causes the disease. There is a vaccine for Lepto but it’s not 100% effective against all strains. If you or your pet exhibits any of these symptoms,go to your doctor or take your pet  to the vet right away. Don’t try to administer any pet medication to your pet on your own.

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain
  • No appetite or for your pet, not eating dog food or cat food
  • Severe weakness and depression
  • Stiffness
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Inability of conceive

If your pet is being treated for Lepto, it is very important that they finish all of the prescribed pet medication and that you take the necessary steps to stop the spread of other animals and human family members. Ask your vet, he will review the specifics with you. You must also take the initiative and find the root of the problem and eliminate it.

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