Local Medical IssuesThe Centers for Disease Control has provided us with some recent studies that indicate an increasing prevalence of Leptospirosis in the Midwest. In addition, there has been an increasing number of cases of the disease in canine patients in our very own area.
Leptospirosis is a zoonotic (transferable to humans) bacterial disease that will affect companion animals, livestock, and wildlife. Raccoons, skunks, squirrels, coyotes and rodents are all considered carriers of the bacteria that affects the urinary tract and liver of infected animals. The mode of transmission is mainly through standing water or soil contaminated with urine from infected animals. The disease can be fatal if left untreated or if treatment is delayed.
With this new information we are now protecting your dog with a vaccine that covers four different strains of leptospirosis. Those at particular risk are dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors and frequent dog parks or nature areas that have an increase in wildlife traffic.