Both the Michigan Department of Human Heath and the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at Michigan State University have reported an increase in the number of positive cases of Leptospirosis in Michigan in recent months. Several of which were diagnosed through our office, so it is present in our area.
Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial disease that infects dogs, people, and several other animals. There are numerous types (called serotypes) of leptosires. These bacteria attack the kidneys, liver, and nervous system. Though each serotype is infectious only for certain animals, some infect several species, including humans.
Vaccination is the best prevention for Leptospirosis. This vaccine is commonly combined with the distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza vaccines. Vaccinate your dog yearly!
To find out if your pets’ vaccines are up to date, give our office a call today!
More information on Leptospirosis: PetMD- Leptospirosis