Of course, it makes sense these days that when dogs not vaccinated for leptospirosis show signs of fever, lethargy, and anorexia, the culprit may be the dreaded bacterial infection also called “lepto.” Diagnosis of the disease is important, because leptospirosis can be deadly.
Last year, few had heard of leptospirosis. Now, the disease, which can spread to humans from dogs, is in the news.
“Some dogs can be carriers of lepto where all we see is an increase in thirst and urination, or we can see a full blown very severe infection, where dogs come in with a fever, they may have yellowing to their skin, they’re vomiting and having diarrhea,” says Dr. Natalie Marks of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago.
IDEXX, a leader in pet health care innovation, developed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for Leptospira-specific antibodies that can be performed as a point-of-care SNAP® test or as an IDEXX Reference Laboratories test. And, the SNAP® Lepto Test truly is a “snap,” because it is quick.
Summaries of two new papers based on research sponsored by IDEXX and published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine on the performance of the ELISA for Leptospira-specific antibodies are provided HERE.