Leptospirosis: Testing Matters, and It's a SNAP


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There’s nothing more fun to talk about on the radio than leptospirosis. Yep, you read that right. And it’s an increasing problem, sickening and even killing dogs.

Listen HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show as Dr. Sarah Tasse explains how dogs (and humans, too!) can get this bacterial infection.

A dog can get sick when an infected animal (rodents are frequent carriers of the bacteria) urinates in water, which the dog then drinks from. The water source can be anything from a pond or river to a city puddle or water bowl on a city sidewalk.

Some infected dogs will show various signs of leptospirosis, including lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and more, but other dogs can be asymptomatic. And, since early diagnosis is so important, Dr. Tasse describes the IDEXX SNAP Lepto Test, which is a quick and easy way for your veterinarian to determine if your pet has contracted the disease.

Of course, prevention is always preferred, so talk with your veterinarian about the leptospirosis vaccine that protects against four of the most common strains of the bacteria.