Dogs at risk of leptospirosis are those that have been exposed to wet conditions or any type of standing fresh water such as rivers, streams, or lakes. Another leptospirosis risk factor includes roaming in the same places as infected animals, including walking trails, dog parks, or even in your yard if infected animals like racoons or rodents could be in the area. If left untreated, leptospirosis can lead to fatal kidney and/or liver failure. It is also a zoonotic disease, which means it can be transferred from animals to people.
Symptoms of leptospirosis include:
- Soreness, reluctance to move
- Lack of appetite
- Sudden fever
- Increased thirst and urination
Please contact us at Essentials PetCare if you are noticing any of the above symptoms in your dog or if you have any questions or concerns.