Disease Spiking in Dogs in North Central Florida
GAINESVILLE - In 8 years, one doctor we spoke to has only seen the disease 2 or 3 times.
But this season, he's treated a dozen dogs with it.
Dr. Carsten Bandt says leptospirosis isn't common to Florida, but an unusually wet season makes the perfect conditions for it.
Dogs usually get the disease from rodents and it can be fatal.
If caught early though, it can be treated.
Dr. Carsten Bandt, chief, Emergency Service at UF's small animal hospital: "most of the cases will have signs of acute kidney injury and they will get polyuric which means they start drinking a lot and start urinating a lot and eventually they will stop urinating and go into acute kidney disease."
The disease can also be spread to humans and there are around 200 cases in the U.S. in humans each year.
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