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How to Protect Your Pet from Leptospirosis

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Before you take your four-legged friend for a nice afternoon walk, or let them play outside for a few hours, there’s something you should know. There may be danger lurking beneath the waters or living in any moist areas of your yard. That danger is leptospirosis, and without treatment, it can be deadly.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that’s spread through the urine of wildlife. Of course, wild animals can urinate anywhere, whether it’s in a pond or just on the grass, and yes, this includes your backyard. So if your pet decided to drink that same stagnant pond water or eat that same grass with the contaminated urine in it, they can become infected with leptospirosis. And unlike other conditions that affect animals, leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be transferred to humans. Children are especially at risk.

Kindness Animal Hospital in Cape Coral, FL, recommends that you protect your pet from leptospirosis by vaccinating them against this potentially fatal disease. There are many pet vaccines that are important for your companion’s health, and the leptospirosis vaccine is one of them.

Common Symptoms of Leptospirosis

When an animal becomes infected with leptospirosis, the infection can spread throughout the body, including the liver and kidneys, and various symptoms ensue. If treatment isn’t sought, leptospirosis can be fatal in extreme cases. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Weakness
  • Depression
  • Sore muscles
  • Lack of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid dehydration
  • Irregular pulse
  • Shivering

If you live in or around the Cape Coral, Fort Myers, or Pine Island area, give us a call to have your pet vaccinated against leptospirosis.