Dogs at risk of leptospirosis are those exposed to wet conditions or any type of standing fresh water including rivers, streams, or lakes. Another risk factor includes roaming in the same places as infected animals, including walking trails, dog parks, or even in your yard if infected animals such as 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 to people.
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Administering booster vaccines is extremely important. Without the proper boosters, your pet is not protected from contracting a potentially fatal disease. Boosters should be given between 2-4 weeks after the first vaccine and if you miss this timeframe, it may be necessary to repeat the entire vaccine series.
It is a highly contagious virus, and if contracted, it can take several weeks of intense treatment and hospitalization to recover. Dogs may be susceptible to the influenza virus by being near other dogs, including while on walks, in parks, while traveling, or at daycare, boarding and grooming facilities.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) advises twice-a-year testing for dogs living in areas known to have an abundance of mosquitos and active heartworm disease. If your dog has missed any doses of prevention, it is especially important to test regularly. We re-test in 6 months because heartworms must be approximately 7 months old before an infection can be diagnosed. Catching heartworm disease early is much safer for pets and easier to treat.