What Is Leptospirosis?
If your pup spends a lot of time outdoors, they may be exposed to a disease called leptospirosis. The bacteria that cause leptospirosis are found in still water and soil all over the world and can even spread to people. Generally dogs that are out in nature,near soil, or near still water like lakes and rivers are more at-risk for leptospirosis. Signs of leptospirosis vary drastically. Some dogs may show no signs of illness, while others may develop severe conditions in a short amount of time. Generally, it’s important to look out for the following signs:
- Inability or reluctance to move around
- Muscle tenderness
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Decreased appetite
- Eye inflammation
- Swollen legs or excess fluid accumulation in the chest
Leptospirosis can be treated by antibiotics, and can even be prevented with proper preventative care. Your vet will be able to provide guidance on leptospirosis vaccines that may be beneficial for your dog if they are in areas where they are likely more exposed to the bacteria, such as warmer climates with above average rainfall. An important thing to note is that if you suspect your dog has leptospirosis, be sure to avoid contact with your dog’s saliva and urine and wash your hands thoroughly after handling your pet. Since the bacteria can spread from animals to people, it’s important to look out for signs and engage in preventative measures so that both you and your pet can stay healthy.
Monroe Animal Health Center Offers Great Care For Your Pet
If you suspect your pup may have leptospirosis or any other health conditions, bring them over to Monroe Animal Health Center in the Monroe, West Monroe, and Bastrop areas. As an AAHA-accredited veterinary practice, you can always feel comfortable knowing your best friends are in the best hands when you choose us. Our kindhearted staff will greet you with a smile, talk you through any procedures or appointments, and answer the questions you have. Contact us to schedule an appointment!