Leptospirosis


Our Animal Hospital Treats Leptospirosis In Dogs

Dogs love to be outdoors where they are free to roam and discover new things. However, the hot weather in Phoenix should be a concern to pet owners. Finding that little piece of heaven to cool down in a river or stream can turn deadly for a dog if Leptospirosis is contracted. Keep reading to learn the signs of this common disease among dogs and when to contact our veterinarians in Phoenix at North Central Animal Hospital for help.

What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease found all over the world in stagnant water and moist soil. Dogs are the most commonly known species to contract the leptospira bacteria through open sores and wounds. Many animals can shake off a mild case of leptospirosis, but others are prone to liver and kidney failure. Drinking water from rivers or wandering rural areas and direct contact of an infected animal’s urine or bodily fluids are common ways to get exposed to leptospirosis.

What Are the Signs of Leptospirosis?

You should worry about leptospirosis if your dog is vomiting, have diarrhea, lethargic, or lose his or her appetite. While these signs are present in other types of illness, a trip to an animal hospital can tell you if your pet has this disease. If left untreated, it can be fatal to your animal.

Can a Veterinarian in Phoenix Protect Your Pet?

Our veterinarians in Phoenix may suggest an annual vaccination to prevent leptospirosis. If your pet is diagnosed with a mild form of this infection, antibiotics can be prescribed as treatment. Leptospirosis is transferable to humans, so it is important to get your dog treatment as soon as possible. If flu-like symptoms occur, follow up with your physician.

Protect Your Furry Animal from Leptospirosis with Pet Vaccinations

At North Central Animal Hospital, we have a knowledgeable staff who can diagnose, treat, and prevent Leptospirosis in pets. We have the equipment required to diagnose most illnesses in pets, and vaccinations to prevent diseases. Schedule an appointment with our animal hospital today by calling 602-395-9773.