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5 Things Every Dog Owner Should Know About Leptospirosis

By Kirstie Gregory, Jan 1 2017 10:18AM

As a dog walker one of the diseases I'm aware of is Leptospirosis. When you're next out dog walking in Exminster or Exeter here's 5 things you should know....

1 ) How Leptospirosis is spread...

It can be passed from animals such as cattle, pigs, dogs and commonly - rats. It can also be passed on to humans. Often it is passed on from water contaminated by affected animals urine but can also be passed through infected soil.

2) Symptoms of Leptospirosis in humans are...

Mild flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, a temperature, headache and in rare cases it can be life-threatening and cause organ failure.

3) Symptoms to look out for in your dog...

Lethargy, reduced apetite, high temperature, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased thirst, jaundice.

4) Dogs are usually routinely vaccinated against Leptospirosis, but humans are not.

So if you dog has been for a swim in the river or a lake ensure that you wash your hands after handling him and before eating. If you have any wounds keep these covered when you have contact with river water either directly or on your dog.

5) The Leptospirosis vaccine is now given in two doses.

This is because it now covers four strains of the disease but cannot be given all at the same time. So keep your dog up to date and that's him protected. Wash your hands and change your clothes after river walks and that's you better protected too!

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