Caused by spiral shaped bacteria, leptospirosis can be serious for dogs if they’re infected. While it’s spread through the urine of an infected animal or human, this bacterial dog disease includes symptoms of weakness, fever, kidney inflammation, and vomiting.
Basically, your dog may have been drinking, swimming, or walking through contaminated water. If your pet has been exposed to wildlife such as skunks or raccoons, there could be a higher chance of exposure to the disease if these animals have already been infected with leptospirosis.
While clinical signs of this disease are nonspecific (get this – some dogs don’t even display symptoms), common signs include fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting. If you think your dog has contracted leptospirosis, definitely contact your veterinarian immediately. This way, your vet can perform tests to determine if leptospiral antibodies, the nasty bacteria, has invaded your pet.
If the tests are positive, rest assured this disease is treatable with antibiotics. Plus, if your dog is treated early there is a high probability it will rapidly recover from the disease. While Fido may be diagnosed with leptospirosis, the next steps for you as the pet owner depends on your interaction with your dog. For instance, if you were to contract the disease high risk factors include direct contact with urine, blood, and tissues during the peak of its infection. Plus, assisting in the delivery of newborn pups of an infected animal is high-risk for you to contract the disease.
If you have experienced high-risk situations such as the abovementioned scenarios, its time to inform your physician. If you experience symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and headaches, your doctor will need to perform tests to see if you have contracted the disease, too.
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