Leptospirosis is a severe and potentially fatal bacterial infection that primarily affects dogs, though it can also affect cats, horses, livestock, and even humans. The experts at Bridgerland-Cache Animal Hospital in Logan, UT, are well-equipped to help diagnose and treat this dangerous disease. Here's what you need to know about the condition.
Symptoms of Leptospirosis
The symptoms of Leptospirosis in pets often include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, muscle pain, and stiffness. Some pets may also develop jaundice and experience kidney or liver failure.
In severe cases of Leptospirosis, the disease can progress rapidly and lead to death if left untreated. For this reason, it is essential to seek veterinary care immediately if your pet shows any signs or symptoms of infection. Treatment typically involves antibiotics and supportive care, such as intravenous fluids, to help manage dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.
How Leptospirosis is Spread
This disease is caused by the Leptospira bacteria, which can be found in infected animals' soil, water, and urine. Infection usually occurs through contact with contaminated water or soil or by coming into contact with an animal carrying the bacteria.
In areas where rodents are common, Leptospirosis can be spread through the urine of these animals. The bacteria can enter a pet's body through cuts, skin abrasions, or mucous membranes such as their eyes, nose, or mouth.
The best way to prevent this deadly infection is vaccination. All pets should be vaccinated against Leptospirosis twice. The first vaccination is given at 12 weeks, and a booster vaccine is given one year later. These vaccines can be boosted annually for pets that spend time outdoors or are in areas where Leptospirosis is endemic. A veterinarian from our staff will discuss all of the vaccine schedules and options with you.
What to do if You Suspect Leptospirosis
If you believe your pet may have Leptospirosis, contact us immediately. We can complete an exam and determine if Leptospirosis causes your pet's symptoms. Early detection of the infection gives your pet the best odds at overcoming the illness. You are susceptible to the condition and should receive medical care if exposed.
Contact Bridgerand-Cache Animal Hospital in Logan for Leptospirosis Care
If you need an emergency vet Logan, Utah, Bridgerand-Cache Animal Hospital is here to help. We offer comprehensive care, from routine checkups to deadly infections like Leptospirosis. Contact our office today to book your appointment with a vet on our staff.