We have been educating, discussing and providing information about this zoonotic disease for almost 2 years. Only recently has it made headlines in the Valley of the Sun when 9 dogs were infected... putting the Owner and Veterinary staff treating them at risk. What is ZOONOTIC you ask? Here is the definition: (Zoonotic: Pertaining to a zoonosis: a disease that can be transmitted from animals to people or, more specifically, a disease that normally exists in animals but that can infect humans. There are multitudes of zoonotic diseases.)
Our job as an Animal Hospital is to provide medical care and treatment for your pets, but also educate regarding protection for you and your pet from potential diseases. So what is LEPTOSPIROSIS? Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can cause sudden kidney failure in dogs. It can also spread to the owner and veterinarian staff during treatment. It used to be part of the core vaccines (ten years ago), but was taken out of it for multiple reasons. Now it is re-emerging as a serious, contagious disease. It is able to thrive in warm puddles, and can be spread to dogs by rodents.
It reared its ugly head in Cave Creek, Arizona in February 2016. The unfortunate owner had 9 dogs test positive for Leptospirosis. Two of the dogs died of sudden kidney failure, and another two now have chronic kidney disease.
There is a newer vaccine available that will help protect dogs against this disease. We want to make sure you and your dogs are properly protected and not at risk for exposure. Please allow the staff at Faust Animal Hospital to provide all necessary treatment to protect our beloved clients both human and canine.
Below is a link to the CDC with further explanation regarding Leptospirosis.