The Dangers of Leptospirosis & What You Can Do

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection. It tends to affect mammals, including humans, dogs, and cats. However, it is most commonly seen in dogs. Leptospirosis affects the entire body. Oftentimes symptoms will be present but not in all cases. Leptospirosis can eventually lead to kidney and liver failure.

How is Leptospirosis Contracted? 
Leptospirosis is contracted through the direct contact of urine from an infected animal. The most common transmitters of leptospirosis are rodents, especially rats. It is important to keep in mind that urine can contaminate soil, water, or crops. This is why its important to think about where our pets, especially dogs, are swimming, drinking, and sniffing. Leptospirosis infection is higher in areas that are warm and wet. This environment allows the bacteria to live for a longer period of time. Leptospirosis has been known to survive in water and soil for months.

Signs of Leptospirosis in Dogs
– fever                               – loss of appetite           – vomiting
– abdominal pain            – diarrhea                      – weakness
– muscle pain                   – stiffness                      – depression
– infertility

How to Prevent Leptospirosis
1. Rodent Control (if rodents are an issue where you live)
– rodents dislike the smell of peppermint, citronella, and eucalyptus
– keep food and trash sealed tightly at all times
2. Think About How You Handle Trash
– wear closed toes shoes when around trash
– wear gloves while handling trash
– wash hands immediately following handling trash
3. Think Twice Before AllowingYour Dog to Swim in Certain Water Sources
(And You!)
4. Think Twice Before Allowing Your Dog to Drink from Certain Water Sources
5. Keep You & Your Dogs Immune Systems Strong
– take a probiotic everyday (and give one to your pooch)
– supplement with Vitamin D
– take a garlic supplement (minimize the amount given to your dog as too much can be toxic)

Treating Leptospirosis
If you are concerned that your pet may be suffering from leptospirosis, contact your vet immediately. The conventional treatment for leptospirosis is the use of antibiotics. For those seeking a more natural approach, contact a holistic vet and consider some of the following homeopathic remedies…

If you are concerned that your pet is suffering, contact PetMedella at 612-812-9121 or email us at