Lepospirosis is a bacterial infection that affects Animals and is zoonotic, meaning it is also contagious to humans. The bacterium penetrates the skin and travels throughout the bloodstream. It affects all bodily organs and the central nervous system, compromising the immune system. Puppies with weak immune systems are at a higher risk.

Outbreak of leptospirosis in Chicagoland area

The MedVet Chicago broadcast an outbreak of the leptospirosis disease in dogs throughout the Chicagoland area. The zoonotic sickness can have fatal results if left untreated.

The bacterial disease has been steadily on the rise since the beginning of June and continues to surge. It is primarily passed on by wildlife and rodents, a critical concern in the Midwestern city. Urine contamination is a primary cause of the infectious disease, leading to symptoms of fever, vomiting, dehydration, diarrhea and decreased urination. Some cases are minor with minimal symptoms while others are more severe.

Awareness and prevention is the key

Vomiting and diarrhea are the most common of gastrointestinal issues symptomatic of leptospirosis. The disease is rare in cats. However, it can affect the human population, leading to similar signs as seen in dogs with a potential for fatality.

MedVet Chicago urges dog owners to contact their veterinarians as soon as symptoms occur. Dogs treated immediately have a lower risk of spreading the disease. Humans suspected of contracting the infection from a sick dog should contact a physician. Vaccination for infected canines is available for the bacterial illness.

MedVet Chicago is a 24-hour critical care, emergency and specialty animal hospital for the care of Pets.

Employee owned and veterinary directed, the facility is a leading specialty healthcare hospital for pets. They have noted numerous cases of the leptospirosis bacteria in dogs in recent months and can’t stress enough how crucial it is for pet owners to ensure their health from the disease through prevention. Dogs, especially in the affected areas must be vaccinated.