Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and in water. There are many strains of Leptospira bacteria that can cause disease. It is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be spread from animals to people.
Dogs can become infected and develop leptospirosis if their mucous membranes (or skin with any wound, such as a cut or scrape) come into contact with infected urine, urine-contaminated soil, water, food or bedding; through a bite from an infected animal; by eating infected tissues or carcasses; and rarely, through breeding. It can also be passed through the placenta from the mother dog to the puppies.
Reducing your dog’s exposure to possible sources of the Leptospira bacteria can reduce its chances of infection. Annual vaccination is recommended for at-risk dogs. At Millburn Veterinary Hospital, we offer a vaccine that effectively prevents the disease and protect dogs for at least 12 months.
Protect your pet today. Call us at (973) 467-1700 to check your dog's vaccination status.