Leptospirosis is a disease in dogs caused by a spiral shaped bacteria that live in the water and soil. Leptospirosis is mainly transmitted through urine of infected animals (usually wildlife like deer, raccoons, and skunks). So dogs that have access to wetland areas (swamps, streams, lakes, and rivers) and live/hunt near wild life are at high risk.
Leptospira bacteria affect the kidney, liver, brain, lungs, and heart, so clinical signs may vary, but usually include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, and even jaundice.
The best way to protect against infection is through annual vaccination.
Brentwood Veterinary Clinic carries the Leptospirosis vaccine that protects against the 4 most common types of leptospires. Call 615-373-4777 to schedule your appointment to discuss if the vaccine is right for you dog.
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