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What is Lepto (Leptospirosis)?

Leptospirosis, or Lepto for short, is a bacterial zoonotic disease. Zoonotic diseases can be passed from animals to humans and vice versa. All animals can potentially be infected with Leptospirosis.

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.