Articles: leptospirosis

Readers Shine Spotlight on Leptospirosis

Twelve years ago (2005), my 8-year-old 12-pound Jack Russell Terrier, Mickey, caught leptospirosis. We lived in a rural subdivision where opossums, mice, squirrels, and raccoons were common annoyances. Oh, and the house was surrounded by mulch, a lepto transmitter. One September morning, Mickey was a sprite, feisty Jack Russell. A few hours later, he just…

Leptospirosis Outbreak in Puerto Rico

At least four deaths in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath are being investigated as probable cases of leptospirosis, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello explained Wednesday (October 10) amid concerns about islanders’ exposure to contaminated water. In all, he said 10 people have been diagnosed with leptospirosis. And, there’s little doubt others are suffering in silence, because getting…

Leptospirosis is Killing Dogs, Though May Not Always Be Reported

Warning signs have been posted at Garfield Park in North Tacoma, saying park officials are investigating reports that three dogs that frequented the park have died of leptospirosis, which is on the rise. There is no CDC (Centers for Disease Control) for pets (though there should be to indicate disease, where it is and prevalence),…

Leptospirosis Explained

  Leptospirosis isn’t a word that rolls off your tongue, but it’s out there and something your dog can get very sick from, or even you, or especially a toddler. Dr. Natalie Marks explains that lepto is a bacterial infection that lives in water, anything from a puddle to a river to a retention pond,…

Leptospirosis: Testing Matters, and It's a SNAP

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…

Rat City

Is the Windy City about to be re-named the Rat City? It turns out the number of complaints regarding rats has increased 30 percent between November 2016 and February of 2017 compared to one year ago. This problem isn’t benign, ad the instances of leptospirosis (a bacterial infection transmitted by rats) is on the rise in…

MedVet Chicago is Like a Mayo Clinic for Pets

After Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN radio begins with a funny Schwanee song (for news rock star Dave Schwanee). Listen HERE on WGN as MedVet Chicago Medical Director Dr. Aaron Jackson talks about specialty medicine and answers a flurry of text messages from listeners. What’s cool about MedVet? There, more than one expert can assess a…

Leptospirosis Around America

Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection spread primarily through the urine of rodents, has been the cause of death for several dogs in New Jersey and a resident of the Bronx in New York City. The uptick in lepto diagnoses and deaths has pet owners and veterinary professionals concerned.  The Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital in Paramus, New…

Don't Tie Your Dog up in the Street

This is how unprotected dogs get leptospirosis.  So what’s wrong with this photo? Dogs are left unattended, along the curb, in the street. This is never a good idea. I know people do it as they run into a store—in this instance a Starbucks—but that doesn’t make it right. Being in the street, it’s also possible…

Leptospirosis Test is a SNAP

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…

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