Leptospirosis: What Pet Owners Need to Know

leptospirosisLeptospirosis is something of a mystery to most pet owners, and yet, this bacterial disease is on the rise in many parts of the United States. Leptospirosis is a contagious illness that can affect pets and people. While cases among cats are rare, dogs are more likely to become infected.

With recent outbreaks in cities such as Phoenix, San Francisco, and New York, it’s important to raise awareness about this potentially deadly disease and how owners can protect their pets.

An Overview of Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis among pets (often called canine leptospirosis) is caused by the family of organisms Leptospira interrogans. It’s primarily contracted through contact with the urine of an infected animal but can also be spread through a bite or contact with infected soil or water.
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