Here at Mooresville Animal Hospital, we understand that your pets are so much more than four-legged friends. With the amount of rainfall that comes in many different areas in the spring, we want to give you a little refresher on the dangers and prevention techniques for deadly Leptospirosis.
- What is Leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is a disease that is caused by a bacterial infection. The Leptospira bacteria are easily spread and are relatively common, so it is important to be vigilant to protect your pet. While known to be potentially deadly to pets, Leptospirosis can develop into a deadly disease for humans as well, but it can often resemble so many other illnesses at the onset of symptoms, which can make it hard to catch, delaying treatment.
- How is it spread? Leptospirosis can be spread through animal urine traces in the soil or through water contact. Heavy rainfall, contaminated lakes or rivers, or even small exposure through a cut to another animal can spread Leptospirosis.
- What are the signs? Some animals might not show symptoms for a while after infection, but others might develop a fever, muscle spasms, jaundice, have no desire to eat or drink, and might even struggle with diarrhea and vomiting. Because Leptospirosis attacks the kidneys, you might notice that your pet needs to urinate much more and may become dehydrated.
- How can I prevent it? A vaccine is the best course of action for your pet, since it prevents this potentially deadly infection. Get your pet vaccinated as soon as possible and always keep them up to date on booster vaccinations. Don’t let your pets drink from untreated sources of water whenever you can and be sure to seek treatment right away if you notice any of the signs listed above, since your vet will likely want to treat with an intensive course of antibiotics.
If you have any questions about Leptospirosis and measures you can take to protect your pet, please contact us at Mooresville Animal Hospital today!