Friday, March 4, 2016

Veterinary Highlights: Increasing Threat of Leptospirosis

Not long ago a friend's dog died to leptospirosis. The kicker is that the dog was vaccinated and the serovar he sucumbed to was one of the four included in the vaccine which makes the case so much sadder. It's definitely not a simple situation with this disease.

To make things worse, leptospirosis cases are on the rise. How should one protect their dog? Should we vaccinate or shouldn't we?

At least testing for it has become easier with the new Snap Lepto Test by Idexx Laboratories. The right treatment at the right time can make all the difference. The best treatment, of course, is always prevention, however controversial. Even though there is no guarantee of 100% protection, it is still the best bet.

Leptospirosis is a risk to dogs across the United States. Find out what you need to know about it.
Posted by Veterinary Practice News on Monday, February 29, 2016

Source article:
Why Leptospirosis is an Increasing Threat


  1. The other kicker is that dog contracted lepto right in his own fenced backyard. As our vet told us: lepto is everywhere.

    1. Yes, unfortunately, it is everywhere where any wild animals are. This can include any animal including small rodents ... down South we've seen Racoons, skunks and other critters in the yard at night. Any of these can be carriers, unfortunately.