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What is Lepto (Leptospirosis)?

Kennel cough or Bordetella is an infectious bronchitis in dogs. This causes a cough that can be dry or productive, meaning it is followed by a gag, swallowing motion and the production of foamy mucus (not to be confused with vomiting).

An uncomplicated kennel cough lasts about a week or two and entails frequent fits of coughing in a patient who otherwise feels active and normal. Uncomplicated cases do not involve fever or listlessness, just lots of coughing.

How Does Leptospirosis Spread?

Leptospiria bacteria are spread through the urine of infected animals and can survive for long periods of time in stagnant water, such as puddles or moist soil. Infected wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, and deer can pass Lepto to other animals.

Signs and Symptoms of Leptospirosis

  • Fever

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Severe weakness

  • Stiffness

  • Severe muscle pain

Leptospirosis Vaccination

Lepto vaccines need to be updated at least once a year to ensure protection. The vaccine is administered through injection.

To learn more about Lepto, visit Veterinary Partner’s website.