Leptospirosis – a threat to dogs in wet weather.

Recently I was contacted by some concerned owners regarding the untimely demises of their beloved Labrador. Their dog was suspected of having leptospirosis, a severe bacterial disease that is often fatal.

Leptospirosis is transmitted through body fluids and drinking water contaminated with wild pig urine is thought to be a common cause in Northern Australia. Leptospirosis is a preventable disease with a vaccine available that is in common use in northern Queensland. Whilst it is rare in Central Queensland, owners should be aware that the vaccine is available. With the enormous amount of rain recently infections with this disease are more likely.

If you are traveling with your dog to Northern Australia it is recommended that you vaccinate your dog against this disease.

Dr Steven Bliss
43 Gray St

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