What is Leptospirosis?!?!

Leptospirosis is a bacteria spread in the urine of infected animals that causes a variety of symptoms ranging from lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, fever and more. This bacteria can affect the liver and kidneys of infected patients. A big concern for patient’s that are infected with leptospirosis is the risk of the bacteria being spread from your pet to you!

Some steps you can take to prevent the spread of leptospirosis are:

  1. Vaccinate your pet. Although no vaccine is 100% effective, this can provide some protection.
  2. Take the proper steps to eliminate rodent infestations. Rats, mice and other animals are capable of carrying and spreading leptospirosis
  3. Clean suspected infected surfaces with dilute bleach (1 part bleach to 10 parts water)
  4. Eliminate sources of standing water on your property

For more information about leptospirosis and how it can impact people and animals please visit the CDC’s website linked below