Thursday, December 14, 2017

Leptospirosis Alert – Protect Your Dog !

March 30, 2010 by  
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O'Riley MadaganLast week I went with Murphy to the Vets, providing moral support for the little guy, on a recheck for an eye infection he caught. While there we learned about  Leptospirosis (pronounced lep-toh-sper-oh-sis), a bacterial disease that can infect pets, people and wildlife.The bacteria is found in most livestock and wildlife such as deer, raccoons, opossums, skunks, rats and other rodents. It is passed via urine into water sources or wet soil where it can reproduce and survive for long periods of time. Leptospirosis is prevalent in urbanized, suburban and rural areas.

So how does a dog contract this nasty bacterial disease? Simply by drinking, swimming in or walking through contaminated water. A simple cut on our skin, or via mucous membranes such as our mouth, nose, and eyes become the pathway for the bacteria to enter our bloodstream. It is contagious and can be transmitted from dog to dog. Exposure risks increase during periods of high rainfall, summer and early fall months.

As a pet owner you should look for these signs that could indicate your dog has been infected. Flu like symptoms are most common: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, loss of appetite, depression, weakness or lethargy. Also look for jaundice; whites of the eyes and a yellow cast in the gums of the mouth. If you suspect leptospirosis notify your vet right away to increase your dog’s recovery success! In severe cases the disease can lead to kidney or liver failure and may be fatal.

People can get infected too! There are about 200 human cases of leptospirosis identified each year in the United States. The disease is rarely fatal in people but can cause severe illness.Leptospira Cycle ChartReduce your risk by vaccinating your dog and livestock, avoid stagnant water that might be contaminated and wash your hands, especially when handling anything that might have your pets urine on it.

Leptospirosis can look like many other diseases; your vet is the best person to diagnose and effectively treat this disease. Vaccination before exposure is key to avoiding a possible long and costly treatment. The most complete protection is with vaccines containing the four most common strain of leptospira bacteria diagnosed today and can be given in combination with other common canine vaccines. So now is the time to vaccinate! Call your vet, make that appointment and protect your favorite pal against this nasty bacterial infection! And ya know what, the shot didn’t hurt a bit……well maybe the Murphs whimpered a bit, but that’s cause he’s just a weenie!

Dog getting a shot

References: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Our Vet and Northwest Animal Care Hospital, Pfizer Animal Health.






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26 Responses to “Leptospirosis Alert – Protect Your Dog !”
  1. suits says:

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  2. O'Riley says:

    Dear Suits,
    O’Riley Madigan

  3. casinogames says:

    Great stuff as usual…

  4. O'Riley says:

    Hey there Casino:
    Thanks for the kind words and remember “Never just roll the dice with your pets health”.

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  6. O'Riley says:

    Hello Toy…..Way cool that you stopped by! Heh!Heh!

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  8. O'Riley says:

    George………….be specific! Which design? The “doggies on board logo”? Or the Leptospirosis sign?
    Most of our designs are pretty excellent thanks to the talent of Jameson’s Jamie!
    Your friend,

  9. OM Philippines says:

    The ridged pattern on a cat’s nosepad is as individual as a hooman fingerprint.

  10. O'Riley says:

    OM Philippines:
    Now that’s quite a plethera of information! What kind of unique info do you have on a dogs nose?
    Thanks for the comment.

  11. Atterberry says:

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  12. O'Riley says:

    Hey there Atterberry;
    Very kind comments, thank you. Do stop by again!

  13. Valencia says:

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  14. Jameson says:

    Good point, and we are entertaining the idea. Constructive input is always welcome.

  15. Alonso says:

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  16. O'Riley says:

    Hey thanks Alonso,
    Not bad for a pup who can barely type, if I do say so myself! Heh,heh,heh!
    Thanks for you kind comments!

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  18. admin says:

    Hey there Vandever,
    Glad you can use the info!

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  20. admin says:

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  22. Riley says:

    Hey there Eugene,
    Your comments are really enjoyable……

  23. L A says:

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  24. O'Riley says:

    Say there L A:
    Thanks for liken what we do…’s pretty easy stuff when you have an “original” like me!
    O’Riley Madagan

  25. H. M. Wiseman says:

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  26. O'Riley Madagan says:

    Appreciate the kinds words.
    O’Riley Madagan

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