Overview of Leptospirosis and Treatment with Our Veterinarian
As pet owners, we love to see our pets run and play. Although, such activities can put them at risk of bacteria and infection, including leptospirosis. Learn more about this condition, what it means for your pet, and how to address it with this guide from our team at Trinity Pet Hospital in Laguna Hills, CA. We would be happy to assist you with the information provided below.
What Is Leptospirosis?
A bacteria known as Leptospira is housed in water and soil worldwide, though it is often found in warm, rainy climates. As it can be found anywhere, all pets can potentially contract it from activities such as:
- Playing in or drinking from lakes, streams, or rivers.
- Contact with rodents, wildlife, or infected farm animals.
- Urine contacting an open wound
- Water contaminated with urine
Leptospira causes an infection known as leptospirosis, which can lead to:
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Decrease in or loss of appetite
- Tender muscles
- Difficulty breathing
It can cause liver failure, kidney failure, and lung disease in severe cases. Leptospirosis is more common in dogs than cats but can be rare. However, the condition can pass between pets and humans. If you notice any signs in your pet, take extra hygiene precautions and consider a check-up.
Preventing and Treating Leptospirosis
Prevention is always the best way to protect your pet from illness and disease. Though it’s not required, you can have your pet vaccinated against leptospirosis every year at its annual pet examination. In addition, some high-risk areas may need your pet vaccinated, so check with your local vet.
If you notice your pet displaying signs, you must schedule a pet examination immediately. When caught early enough, antibiotics can help fight the disease. However, additional treatment will be needed if kidney or liver damage has already begun.
Visit Trinity Pet Hospital for our Veterinary Care
If you’re concerned your pet has contracted leptospirosis or needs any other conditions treated, Trinity Pet Hospital in Laguna Hills, CA, is here to help. Call (949) 768-1314 to schedule an appointment today. If you have any further questions we would be happy to help you.