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Leptospirosis Vaccination Guide
PROTECT YOUR BEST FRIEND
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.
PROTECT YOUR DOG FROM A SERIOUS THREAT.
What can you do to protect your dog from Leptospirosis?
Have your dog vaccinated to prevent leptospirosis.
In addition, limit your pet’s access to water that might be contaminated.
Contact your veterinarian for information on leptospirosis risks in your area.
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.
Leptospirosis in wildlife and livestock.
Rodents, raccoons, skunks, cattle and swine can all carry and spread leptospirosis.
The threat to humans.
In people, the symptoms of leptospirosis are often flu-like and in rare cases the disease can develop into a life-threatening illness. Most human cases of leptospirosis are treated with antibiotics.
Ask Your Veterinarian about Vaccination.
TRUSTED, TARGETED, PROVEN.
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.