Leptospirosis uptick due to wet conditions

07/29/2013 | Blade (Toledo, Ohio), The

Leptospirosis, a zoonotic bacterial disease carried by wild animals, can be transmitted to pets via exposure to urine and to their owners, and it's particularly problematic in wet conditions. A canine vaccine exists for leptospirosis, although it only confers some protection for some of the 100-plus strains of the bacteria. "The vaccine provides good protection, but like any vaccine, especially one against a bacteria, the immunity is not long-lasting, so annual vaccination is recommended," veterinarian Gary Thompson said.

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