Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is shed in the urine of infected wildlife. Typically, it is transmitted through contaminated water sources like puddles, retention ponds, and slow moving creeks. Your veterinarian will discuss you and your pet’s lifestyle with you to determine if your pet is at risk for contracting Leptospirosis, and if vaccinating against it is appropriate.
The disease is commonly referred to as “Lepto,” and can cause kidney and liver failure. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be passed from animals to humans.
- decreased appetite
- increased thirst
- unusual amounts of urine (larger or smaller)
- muscle and joint pain
- bleeding or brusing
The Lepto vaccine is given as a series of two, and then annually to adult and senior dogs.