Fact or Fiction: Only Dogs That Swim in Rivers Are at Risk for Leptospirosis.
Published April 24, 2019
That is fiction!
Leptospirosis is one of the most widespread and prevalent diseases, and it can infect both animals and people. A variety of domestic and wild animals, including rats, can spread leptospirosis. Since rats can spread the disease, dogs in urban settings are at risk for leptospirosis as well. Dogs can also become infected by drinking contaminated water from rivers, lakes, puddles, or even contaminated water bowls. The bacteria can easily penetrate the skin, and once absorbed, the bacteria enter the blood stream and multiply. They then spread throughout the body and replicate in many organs, including the kidneys and liver.
Leptospirosis vaccines are effective in helping to prevent disease, and some vaccines are proven to prevent spreading the disease. Veterinary experts recommend vaccinating dogs at risk for the disease. Dogs will receive an initial vaccination, followed by a booster within 2–4 weeks, and then they would receive the Leptospirosis vaccine on an annual basis.
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