Ask a Vet: Leptospirosis
Doctor Tecla Myrick from the Alachua County Animal Services tells us how to protect your pets from leptospirosis.
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that causes serious illness in animals.
It is caused by spiral-shaped bacteria called leptospires that live in water or warm, wet soil.
Leptospirosis causes a variety of flu-like symptoms, but can develop into a more severe, life-threatening illness that can affect the kidneys, liver, brain, lungs and heart.
The most common way for an animal to become infected is by coming into contact with the urine of infected animals.
Signs that your dog may have the disease include fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarhhea or lethargy.
Be aware that leptospirosis can be transmitted from animals to humans.
As always, if you have any questions, or are concerned that your pet is showing symptoms, contact your veterinarian.
With Dr. Myrick today was:
My name is Marlo and I am a spayed female- black and white Domestic SH / Mix.
The shelter staff thinks I am about 6 months old.
I have been at the shelter since March 10, 2014.
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