Leptospirosis Reportedly on the Rise Across the Country
August 2005 (Newstream) -- A deadly disease is threatening more and more of man's best friends. Leptospirosis - a disease that causes kidney and liver damage in dogs and can lead to death - is reportedly on the rise across the nation.
Although leptospirosis isn't as well known as Lyme disease or rabies, it can be just as dangerous to dogs. Dogs can get the disease from drinking contaminated water in which other animals, like rats or raccoons, have urinated.
The key to treatment is recognizing the symptoms. Dogs with leptospirosis can experience vomiting, lethargy, anorexia, muscle pain, joint pain and jaundice.
Leptospirosis is highly preventable. Veterinary experts recommend talking to your veterinarian to find out about vaccinating your dog against the disease.