Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease) Your Dog and the Risks

What is Leptospirosis and what are the risks?

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that attacks the nervous system and organs. It is particularly associated with rats but is also passed on by mice, cows, pigs and dogs. It is one of those things that people seem to think happens to someone, however it is an ever present risk to humans and family pets in all locations whether this be the countryside or a city centre.

Many people assume that all dogs are hardy and naturally resist diseases such as Weil’s Disease (the common name for Leptospirosis) however it is thought that dogs often succumb to the disease without it being recognised, particularly in older, less fit dogs.

How to prevent it?

It is best to keep your dog’s vaccinations up-to-date, these cover most (not all) types of Leptospirosis so talk to your vet about a regular plan of protection. Make sure you keep puppies indoors until two weeks after their primary vaccinations. Unvaccinated pets are a particular threat to them at this time.

And of course, if you have a rat infestation take action to get rid of them – the risks are too great to just not bother. If this a problem you’re currently faced with, Lincs Pest can help you deal with the removal of rats in your home or business. For guaranteed and cost-efficient solutions, call us today on: 0800 234 3602

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