Leptospirosis is found worldwide in not only wild animals but in domestic animals as well. It’s caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria, which can be found worldwide in soil and water that has been contaminated with infected urine. The number of cases has been increasing worldwide due the increased urbanization and contact with wildlife hosts, such as raccoons, skunks, opossums, and rodents. In addition, we know that globally, leptospirosis is the most widespread zoonotic disease (we are most concerned with this disease in our canine patients). As a result, small-animal practitioners around the world are becoming more vigilant about this infection.
For more information on leptospirosis and what you can do to help prevent the spread, please view the attached PDF document (Leptospirosis Brochure) which is an information brochure on the subject. If you think your dog has Leptospirosis or you are wanting to get them vaccinated against this infection, please call the clinic during business hours.