Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial infection that can be transmitted to pets by contaminated standing water and is a definite concern in Houston and surrounding areas. I recently treated my very good friends dog which required days of hospitalization and a stay at a 24 hour hospital. It is a zoonotic disease which means humans can contract this bacteria from their pets. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal damage to the liver and kidneys. It is important that every dog receive an annual vaccine with the 4 serovars (types) most likely to cause disease. If your dog has never had this vaccine before, we recommend getting it soon and boostering 3 weeks later.
The newer technology has made these vaccines safer and reactions much less common than were seen 10 years ago.
If you have any questions, please give us a call and we would be happy to answer them!
Lucy Faulkner, DVM
Central Houston Animal Hospital