Leptospirosis, commonly referred to as lepto, is a deadly bacterial disease that is spread by wildlife and domestic animals. The disease infects dogs when they come in contact with urine from infected animals. The most common carriers of lepto include raccoons, squirrels, rats and other dogs.
All breeds of dogs are at risk for the disease, so it is important to consider a few things when making the decision to give the vaccine. These things include whether or not your dog goes outdoors or could be exposed to standing water, if your dog goes to day care or dog parks and if you live in a newly developed area.
Common symptoms of lepto include fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea and lethargy. Please contact Rockbrook Animal Clinic if you have any questions about leptospirosis or would like to vaccinate your dog. We can be reached at (402) 397-2424.