Leptospirosis is transmitted through direct contact with contaminated urine, water or soil. The bacteria can survive in water or moist soil for a long time—sometimes for many months. Infected dogs can continue to shed bacteria in their urine for years.
Some dogs are at a higher risk of leptospirosis infection than other dogs. Dogs at higher risk include:
- Dogs that hike, wade or swim in and/or near natural water
- Hunting dogs
- Dogs that are frequently exposed to flooded areas
- Dogs that reside in rural areas where they could encounter wildlife or wildlife urine
- Dogs that have frequent exposure to other dogs and dog urine at places like dog shows, dog parks and pet boarding facilities
- Dogs that travel widely and have contact with other dogs and/or other animals
If you have a dog that loves to go on adventures and is a thrill seeker, we highly recommend having them vaccinated against lepto before you spend more time outdoors.
Call Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic at (713) 999-6095 to schedule your pet’s vaccination!