Leptospirosis Vaccine for Dogs

pet vaccinations potomac mdLeptospirosis is a potentially serious disease caused by the bacterium Leptospira interrogans. It affects dogs but can also infect a wide variety of domestic and wild animals as well as humans.

The organism is usually spread through infected urine, contaminated water or soil, reproductive secretions, and even consumption of infected tissues. Introduction of the organism through skin wounds can also occur. Common carriers of the organism include raccoons, opossums, rodents, skunks, and dogs.

Characteristics of Leptospirosis

The leptospirosis organism rapidly advance through the bloodstream leading to fever, joint pain, and general malaise. Because the organism settles in the kidneys and actually reproduces there, inflammation and even kidney failure may develop. Unfortunately, liver failure is another common sequela to infection. Kidney and liver failure both have deadly consequences.

The Leptospirosis Vaccine

Prevention of leptospirosis via vaccination is complicated by the fact that Leptospira interrogans has more than 200 subtypes that can cause illness in animals and people. The available vaccines protect against only a handful of the most common subtypes that infect dogs, which limits their protective value. Nevertheless, the available vaccines are effective and safe when used as directed, and many veterinarians recommend the vaccination for dogs at risk for exposure.

Vaccinations from Falls Road Veterinary Hospital

If you are ready to plan any vaccinations for your dog, be sure to give Falls Road Veterinary Hospital a call. We will examine your pet and make sure they are up to date with all of their required and recommended vaccinations.

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