Leptospirosis Alert

Sadly, there have been recent cases of the bacterial infection Leptospirosis around Sydney and Hunter regions. Read on to get the facts about Leptospirosis and how you can protect your dog.

How is Leptospirosis spread?

It can be spread by rats and is often associated with contaminated water. Dogs may become infected from exposure to contaminated water such as puddles or storm drains, food, soil, bedding, or from direct contact with rats. The organism can survive for up to two months in stagnant water if conditions are favourable, and we may be seeing a rise in the disease due to mouse plagues and prolonged rain. Both rural or urban dwelling dogs are at risk of leptospirosis infection.

This is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted to humans.

How serious is Leptospirosis?

The symptoms of leptospirosis in dogs can be non-specific, and can include lethargic, vomiting, diarrhoea, jaundiced or yellow gums, and changes to kidney and liver blood enzyme levels. The disease can unfortunately be fatal. Luckily, there is a vaccine.

How do we protect against the disease?

To best protect your pet, we strongly recommend that dogs are vaccinated. The vaccine is an additional component on top of your dog’s routine vaccines. As it is considered a ‘non-core’ vaccine, lifestyle and environment are taken into account. Due to the current outbreak in cases, we strongly recommend all dogs are protected who reside around waterways or areas potentially inhabited by rodents.

Additionally, keep your dog on a lead after rain to prevent drinking from puddles. If you have rodents around your property use pet-safe rodent control methods.

What is the vaccine schedule?

The vaccine can be given at the same time as your dog’s routine vaccines, or separately. It is known as a C7 vaccine when given altogether. The vaccine requires one initial injection, and then a booster shot 2 weeks later.

What is the vaccine cost?

Our Leptospirosis vaccine cost is $75 for BOTH the initial vaccine and the booster vaccine 2 weeks later (paid at the time of the initial vaccine). If given with your dog’s other routine vaccinations at the time of their vet check, it is $50 extra for both the initial vaccine and the booster shot.

Please contact us on (02) 49556670 if you have any questions regarding Leptospirosis, or book your dog in below. It is a serious disease, but luckily preventable.

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