Leptospirosis (lepto) is caused by bacteria. There are various strains of lepto and this disease is zoonotic (can be transferred to humans).

The human form of lepto is known as Weil’s disease, it can be fatal for both dogs and people. Leptospirosis is spread by infected dogs, mice, rats and cows. Dogs usually become infected by drinking, swimming, or walking through water that is contaminated with urine from an infected animal.

Don’t be too alarmed, we have your dog covered with a simple vaccination. Our Pet Health For Life plan includes an annual health check and vaccinations including Kennel Cough for dogs. You can spread the cost and save by paying monthly. 

What is leptospirosis in dogs?

Leptospirosis (often shortened to lepto), is a bacterial disease that causes serious illness by damaging vital organs. Lepto bacteria can spread in urine, and can enter the body through the mouth, nose or wounds. Lepto mainly causes damage to the liver and kidneys and can be life threatening.

To book a vaccination appointment for your pet please call your local AAS Vets

Abbeydale: 01452 300596 

Quedgeley: 01452 722089 

Stroud Five Valleys: 01453 765304 

Hucclecote: 01452 612931

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What are the leptospirosis symptoms in dogs?

Symptoms of lepto vary, but can include:

  • fever
  • jaundice (yellow gums and eyes)
  • muscle pain
  • limping
  • weakness
  • collapse
  • inappetence
  • increase thirst
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • bleeding from the mouth and eyes
  • difficulty breathing.

How long is a dog contagious with leptospirosis?

After starting treatment, a dog may continue to pass lepto bacteria for up to six weeks.
Animals with Leptospirosis must be treated in an isolation unit as it can spread to other pets and the veterinary team.

Please contact us about leptospirosis vaccine for your dog for more information.

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