What you need to know!

There have recently been reported outbreaks of leptospirosis in dogs in Sydney. This can be a life-threatening disease which is most commonly contracted by drinking water contaminated with infected rat urine.

Affected dogs may show signs of:

  • lethargy
  • inappetence (eating less than usual)
  • drinking more than usual
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea

In more advanced cases, some dogs may develop jaundice (yellow discolouration of the gums, skin and whites of the eyes).

Please note: This disease is zoonotic (can spread to people) and is highly contagious through the animal’s urine so please take necessary precautions with you and your family and see your doctor if you are concerned.

Although in the Kemps Creek area we have not yet seen any cases, as a precaution, we are now advising that all dogs are vaccinated with a C7 vaccination which includes leptospirosis cover. This involves 2 vaccinations one month apart and annual boosters which can be synchronised to your dog’s annual vaccination protocol.

Please be sure to contact our vet clinic on 02 8777 4424 to make an appointment to have your dog vaccinated or if you suspect your pet may be at risk.

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