Leptospirosis and Lyme Disease are some diseases that are prevalent in our area. However, not every dog is at-risk so here at Bridgeview Animal Hospital, we want to discuss your dog’s lifestyle to decide whether or not he or she needs any additional vaccinations to protect against these diseases.
Leptospirosis can cause liver and kidney disease. It not only affects dogs but can be transmitted to humans so, if your dog is susceptible to the disease, you should make sure that he or she is vaccinated for your own health. It has been known to be fatal to humans!
Leptospirosis can be spread in several ways. It is often found in stagnant water. It is also transmitted through the urine of affected animals, including rodents, raccoons, and other wildlife. For this reason, we recommend vaccinating dogs that are predominately outside, especially hunting dogs.
Lyme Disease is another problem in our area. More and more humans are becoming sick and so are their dogs. The disease is carried by ticks and causes lameness in dogs. They may become stiff and sore or have complete trouble walking.
For this reason, we believe in preventing the disease. There are two ways to accomplish this. Here at Bridgeview Animal Hospital, we believe in year round prevention for fleas and ticks. There is also a vaccination that is available to help prevent Lyme Disease. Though it is not 100 percent effective, it is very helpful, especially with dogs that are going to be exposed to the disease.
If you have any questions or are just curious on whether or not your dog needs the Leptospirosis or Lyme Disease vaccinations, feel free to contact us today. Be sure to discuss this with one of our office staff or our veterinarians at your next visit. Don’t forget to stock up on flea and tick preventative as a way to help against Lyme Disease.