Leptospirosis is a re-emerging disease in dogs both in Colorado and across the country. In 2009, a prominent diagnostic laboratory received 1824 suspected Colorado samples — 14.5% were positive.Leptospirosis is a zoonotic (transferable to humans) bacterial disease that will affect companion animals, livestock, and wildlife. Raccoons, skunks, squirrels, coyotes, foxes, and rodents are carriers of the bacteria that affect the urinary tract and liver of infected animals. The mode of transmission is primarily through standing water or soil contaminated with urine from infected animals. The disease can be fatal if left untreated or if treatment is delayed.
Because of the zoonotic potential and high mortality rate of this disease, The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is now recommending the leptospirosis vaccination as a core vaccine for all dogs for the prevention of the disease. Those at particularly high risk are pets that spend a lot of time outdoors and frequent dog parks or nature areas that have an increase in wildlife traffic. This disease has even been diagnoses in dogs that never leave their yards.
Please contact your vet with any questions or to make a vaccination appointment for your dog. The vaccine is given initially then boostered in 3 weeks, with an annual revaccination thereafter.
Source: Deer Creek Animal Hospital