Canine Leptospirosis

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Canine Leptospirosis

In the last few years, Wyoming and Montana have seen 10-20 cases of Leptospirosis, a contagious bacterial disease that can affect animals and humans as well. While there have been no new cases in Sheridan County for the last few years, the potential is here.

Veterinarian Jennifer Gage explains what Leptospirosis is.

The bacteria is common in deer, raccoons, rodents, even cows can be a reservoir for “Lepto.” Once a dog drinks from the bacteria-laden water, Gage says a couple of things can happen.

The disease can be prevented through a readily available vaccine, but it's not blanket solution for every dog.

There is a human concern, especially for kids.

Symptoms in dogs include weakness, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, plus the dog may drink and urinate a lot. Leptospirosis is difficult to diagnose and requires special testing. If you have any questions, please contact your veterinarian.

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