Leptospirosis Vaccination Guide


What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial disease that affects domestic animals, wildlife and humans. It is the world’s most common zoonotic disease, meaning it’s a disease that can infect both animals and humans. The disease-causing bacteria are spread through the urine of the infected animals and can survive for weeks to months in the soil and surface waters such as lakes, streams, rivers and stagnant water like puddles. Leptospirosis can cause fever, jaundice, kidney failure, abortion and even death.

When is your dog at risk?

Leptospirosis is typically spread when an opening in the skin or mucous membrane (eyes, nose or mouth) comes in contact with infected urine. Your dog may be exposed to Leptospira bacteria by drinking, swimming in or walking through contaminated water. The curious nature of your dog, and their tendency to “follow their nose” into trouble, may also bring them into contact with infected urine.


What can you do to protect your dog from Leptospirosis?

Clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment.

Signs of leptospirosis in dogs may include fever, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and abdominal pain.  If you suspect your dog has been infected, contact your veterinarian who may perform urine and blood tests to determine if your dog has leptospirosis. Antibiotics and fluid therapy may be necessary to treat the disease.  If left untreated, your dog could develop kidney or liver failure and the disease may even be fatal.

Vaccinate to protect your dog.

Your veterinarian is committed to helping you make the best choices for your dog’s health. To give your dog the leptospirosis protection they need, this clinic recommends vaccination with RECOMBITEK® 4 Lepto. This vaccine provides safe, effective protection against disease and shedding for 4 of the most common serovars of Leptospira bacteria.

Ask Your Veterinarian about Vaccination.


Your veterinarian chooses RECOMBITEK® vaccines for many important reasons. Through advanced technology, RECOMBITEK® canine vaccines deliver targeted, proven protection against disease for puppies and dogs.

If you have any questions about vaccination against leptospirosis or other diseases, please talk to your veterinarian.

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