dog virus

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by fedupdon, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. fedupdon

    fedupdon New Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    Dog owners should know that veterinarians are recommending you add another vaccination to the list of yearly shots your dog gets.

    There's an old threat making a comeback that can put your pet's life at risk.

    Leptospirosis is a bacteria that can be passed from wild animals to your dog.

    Dr. Christen Skaer, a Wichita, Kansas veterinarian, says the symptoms can be pretty vague and hard to pinpoint.

    Some things to look for are increased drinking and urination, fever and fatigue.

    If left untreated, Leptospirosis can be deadly.

    Fortunately, there's a vaccine to treat the bacteria and it's been around for years.

    Dr. Skaer recommends dog owners talk to their vets about getting the vaccine.

    Cats aren't immune to Leptospirosis, but they rarely become infected.

    Dr. Skaer points out that animals contract the bacteria from open wounds and urine of infected animals
  2. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    Thanks for posting this, I had forgotten to mention it to my friend, her dog is ill and hopefully he doesn't have this!

  3. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    can humans become infected?
  4. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Minnesota Gal!
    Yes, humans can be infected, it is a bacterium. Leptospirosis is transmitted by the urine of an infected animal, and is contagious as long as it is still moist.
  5. Mr. Nameless

    Mr. Nameless New Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Coast of N.C.
    glad i know this i have alot of dogs and 2 stray cats keep coming in my yard and will eat with my dog
  6. noslolo

    noslolo New Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Johnstown PA
    Thanks for the posting I will talk to my vet about this. Two weeks ago, Pepe (14years old) died, I still have a 2.5 year old Boxer and I couldn't bear to lose another.
  7. 1shot1k

    1shot1k Former Guest

    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas

    thanx fedupon....we were fixin toget yearly shots for our small house dog...due to construction I guess.have also seen several oposum's in and around cans...timely info for me...thanx..:cool::cool::cool:
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