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Reports of Leptospirosis Strain Affecting Dogs

Leptospirosis is a potentially fatal disease that affects dogs & other species.
This bacterial disease is transmitted by contact with the urine of infected animals, commonly by water contaminated with the urine of rats which can carry & shed the disease. Those dogs which are exercised in wetland areas , near still or slow running water are particularly at risk.

Leptospirosis is known as a “zoonotic” disease, which means it can be passed on to humans - It is therefore very important to prevent your dog becoming infected as the bacteria can continue to be shed in the urine over a long period of time.
Since any dog that is exercised outdoors is potentially at risk, the only way to ensure he/she is protected is by vaccination.

The vaccine against leptospirosis provides immunity FOR ONE YEAR as immunity wanes thereafter.

At Fernlea we have been routinely vaccinating against ALL the different varieties
of leptospirosis over the past 14months so any dog receiving their annual booster during this time will be protected.

If you have any concerns regarding your dog’s vaccination status please don’t hesitate to ask any of our Veterinary team.