Are you going for a walk or a long hike? Gathered all the necessary things and prepared your own goodies, but what about your four-legged friend?
Drinking dirty water is dangerous.
As the temperatures rise, many of us - including our pets - are looking forward to waterfall hikes or days on the lake. For lots of families summer with dogs includes plenty of water play and outdoor exploration.
Unfortunately, these kind of adventures may increase the chances that your dog will contract leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that both dogs and humans (and rarely, cats) can acquire.
What is leptospirosis?
Leptospira bacteria survive especially well in warm, humid areas, and are often found in stagnant water like ponds. Wild animals including city wildlife can carry Leptospira.
Therefore, dogs with a higher potential for exposure to contaminated water and exposure to wild animals and their urine are at a greater risk. This includes dogs living in rural areas or dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors like hunting dogs.
Signs and Symptoms of Leptospirosis in Dogs
The severity of symptoms varies and depends on the dog (age, immune response, vaccination status), the strain of Leptospira, and other factors. Severe cases can be fatal.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- Joint or muscle pain (this may manifest as a reluctance to move)
- Decreased appetite and Lethargy
- Excessive drinking
- Frequent urination sometimes followed by lack of urination. Yellowing of the gums, membranes around the eyes, and skin (jaundice).
( Illustration: The Spruce / Kelly Miller )
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