Veterinarians of the Lachine Veterinary Clinic speak to you of a potentially deadly disease, which can reach our pets. Even worse, this disease can be transmitted to humans.
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by a bacteria that survives well in hot and humid environment, especially in stagnant water. It is for this reason, that the occurence of the disease in dogs is higher at the end of the summer and fall. Especially when rainfall is abundant.
Leptospires are found in the environment following its contamination by the urine of wild animals. Several species of animals can be a source of Leptospira: among other rats, skunks, raccoons and mice.
The dog gets infected by direct contact or by ingestion of the contaminated water. Stagnant water frequently encountered after heavy rain can be a potential source of Leptospira. It can also become infected by direct or indirect contact with infected urine or and/on soil, food or other contaminated objects.
The veterinarians of Lachine veterinary clinic explains the most common clinical signs: vomiting, fever, weakness, increased thirst and urination.
Leptospirosis is a potentially fatal disease that can leave serious consequences.
Therefore it should be taken very seriously and treated early and aggressively to have the best chances of survival.
Finally, know that this is a disease that can also affect humans. Fortunately , a few years ago, a vaccine was developped against leptospirosis.
If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a member of the medical team of the Clinic (514-634-4190) who will be happy to assist you.