Leptospirosis – Concerns to be aware of in the HRM

I heard of a suspected case of Leptospirosis in the Truro area and was asked about it by one of our clients recently.

Currently, Sunnyview Animal Care does not recommend annual vaccination for this bacterial disease, as we have not had a confirmed case of it in our practice since 2000. But, this could change and, if it does – we will alert all our clients.

Leptospirosis may be a risk for you and your pet if you hike in the Annapolis valley, the area north & west of Truro, and possibly in the Pictou area. Dogs can contract this disease by drinking out of any water source – fresh or just a puddle. It causes Kidney &/or Liver Damage – and it can be quite severe, even fatal if not treated for. One Symptom that is sometimes seen is blood in the urine. Please click here for more information.

Leptospirosis can be in water contaminated by other wildlife such as Raccoons, coyotes, rodents, skunks, and foxes. The water might look okay to drink – but it is a risk to your pet AND US! The mammals that carry this disease spread it by urination into water sources.

Therefore – Sunnyview Vet recommends that pet owners take fresh water for their pets on walks, hikes AND trips with you & your pets. Also – don’t forget to wash your hands after picking up after your pets!

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