The recent outbreak of the traditionally “rare” infection in the inner west of Sydney has left many owners concerned for their dog’s safety. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which can result in vague signs of fever, vomiting, dehydration, loss of appetite and bloody stool or progress to kidney and liver disease and sadly sometimes death!
Luckily, we can vaccinate against one of the common strains of this disease and strongly recommend this preventative action if your pup is at risk of exposure to rats, pigs, cattle or stagnant water. Initially, your dog requires two injections two to four weeks apart in order to build protective immunity. After that, the vaccine will be administered as a part of their annual health checks. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning you are also at risk of contracting the disease should your dog be infected.
If you think your furry friend may risk exposure, speak to Uni Vets Camden today to book a vaccination.
Written by Sara Orpin – Final Year Veterinary Student, The University of Sydney