What is Lepto?

Leptospirosis or "Lepto" is a deadly bacterial disease spread by wildlife and domestic animals. Lepto is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be passed from animals to people. Common lepto carriers include raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rats and other dogs. Livestock can also carry the disease. Moreover, lepto bacteria can survive for long periods of time in water. The number of leptospirosis cases has risen dramatically in recent years and Zoot Pet Hospital has seen a surprising number of cases in our first year of operation.

How is my dog exposed?

  • Lepto bacteria are shed in urine. Dogs become infected when they come in contact with fresh urine from infected animals.
  • Infection occurs when dogs wade through or drink from contaminated water sources.
  • The bacteria can enter through a cut in the skin or mucous membranes, such as the eye, nose or mouth.

Is your dog at risk?

  • Does your dog go outside?
  • Does your dog drink from or wade in standing water?
  • Is your dog exposed to areas where wildlife has been?
  • Do you take your dogs to dog parks?
  • Do you live in a newly developed area or near farmland or woods?

Take steps to protect

  • Remove food, garbage, and nesting materials from your yard to minimize wildlife activity.
  • Discourage your dog from drinking from standing water.

Lepto Vaccinne is available at Zoot Pet Hospital

  • Vaccination is the low-cost means to protect your dog from a disease that can be very costly to treat.
  • Nearly 100 million doses of Fort Dodge lepto vaccines have been administered since 1986.
  • For more information, visit www.leptoinfo.com

If you have additional questions about lepto vaccines available at Zoot Pet Hospital, please contact us.