By Christie Long
Recently, I received an email from an owner whose three dogs had become ill with leptospirosis. None of the dogs were vaccinated against it, and they routinely hiked in several popular areas around the Poudre River, including the Hewlett Gulch and Grey Rock trails.
Of the three dogs, one was significantly more ill than the other two, showing signs on blood work of moderate kidney failure. The reader had not previously known about the risks of contracting leptospirosis (often abbreviated “lepto”) and suggested that I cover the topic.
Because we recommend that any dog that goes outside or has contact with other dogs be vaccinated against lepto, we spend a lot of time at my practice educating owners about it.
But there are still dog owners out there who don’t know about lepto; and because the disease can be so serious and people can contract the disease from their dogs, the message bears repeating. Continue reading “Protect your pup from leptospirosis”