Prevent and Protect
Leptospirosis is the most widespread infection between animal and human species in the world, and dogs can be the source of infection. 1-3
Rise in Outbreaks
Rat activity is rising across the country, in cities like Seattle, Chicago, Miami, and others, putting people and pets at higher risk of exposure.4
How Does Lepto Spread?1,2
The bacteria can get into the water or soil and survive there for weeks or months.
The bacteria enter the body through the eyes, nose, mouth, or through a cut or scratch.
Bacteria multiply in the bloodstream and move to the kidneys and other tissues to continue reproducing.
Once the bacteria reach the kidneys and bladder, bacteria is spread each time the dog urinates.
Other dogs, wild animals, or people can become infected through direct or indirect contact with the urine.
The signs of leptospirosis in dogs can vary. Some infected dogs do not show any signs of illness, some have mild illness and recover, while others develop severe illness, which can even result in death.1,2
Signs of leptospirosis can include1,2:
- Muscle tenderness
- Increased thirst
- Changes in urination
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
Leptospirosis can have life-threatening effects on the kidneys, liver, lungs, and heart. Even dogs that recover may still be at risk for chronic kidney failure.1,2
Learn more about the signs of disease
Prevention Through Vaccination
A leptospirosis vaccine for dogs helps protect against disease, even if dogs are exposed to the bacteria.
Protect BEFORE an outbreak, and help dogs live longer, happier lives.
No shedding. No spreading.
Without leptospirosis vaccines for dogs, it can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to diagnose and treat the disease.
Keep Pet Parents Informed
Tools, educational materials, resources, and information for your practice and clients:
Signs of Disease
Leptospirosis Pet Parent Brochure
The Importance of Testing for Lepto
References: 1. Pets. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Accessed November 14, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/leptospirosis/pets/index.html 2. Infections in pets. Leptospirosis section of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Accessed November 7, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/leptospirosis/pets/infection/index.html 3. Healthcare workers: Technical information for leptospirosis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Accessed November 14, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/leptospirosis/health_care_workers/ 4. Rats! Chicago tops Orkin’s rattiest cities list for sixth consecutive time. Orkin Pest Control website. Accessed November 14, 2022. https://www.orkin.com/press-room/orkin-top-rattiest-cities-20203. 5. Sykes JE, Raegen KL. Leptospirosis in dogs: diagnosis, treatment, and management. Today’s Veterinary Practice website. Accessed November 14, 2022. https://todaysveterinarypractice. com/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-leptospirosis-in-dogs/