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What Is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is an infection that can be passed from animals to humans. It is an emerging disease as it was quite rare but has become more apparent in recent years. The bacteria is more often seen in hot, humid, rainy areas. Dogs, in particular, are most susceptible, as the illness can be transmitted while wading or swimming in the water, or through farm animals or wild animals. Spreading occurs through the mucus membrane or a cut or a scrape. It can also be passed through infected urine, feces, a bite from an animal carrying the disease, or even sometimes through breeding. Petvax, your veterinarian in Memphis, is a full-service animal hospital that can provide treatment for your pup's Leptospirosis. We also have complete care centers in Cordova and Bartlett.

Signs and Symptoms

Although Leptospirosis is a dangerous disease, some pets can overcome the symptoms without treatment. However, many animals are prone to the following:

  • fevers and chills
  • abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • constant thirst and frequent urination
  • muscle pain and stiffness; refusing to move - lethargic
  • no appetite
  • jaundice - a condition where the skin and whites of the eyes turn yellow
  • eye inflammation
  • severe cases can lead to kidney and liver failure, bleeding disorders, trouble breathing, fluid accumulation on the legs, chest or abdomen, and even death


If your dog is exposed to water, rural areas, farming areas, wild animals or any other animals that may carry the disease, then being proactive is a wise decision. Petvax Animal Hospitals offer a vaccine that will protect your furry friend from the Leptospirosis infection for up to 12 months. For a pet that has not been vaccinated and is showing signs of suffering from the infection, treatment would include antibiotics which if administered early on can be effective in combating the illness. Keep in mind that liver or kidney damage may still occur. Treatment for side effects will be given to heal or abate further issues. Dialysis and hydration therapies may be necessary to prevent damage to the kidneys.

Looking For A Veterinarian in Memphis?

PetVax Complete Care Centers have animal hospitals in Memphis, Cordova, and Bartlett Tennessee. We have a top-notch veterinarian team in Memphis, ready to assist with any illness or routine health care your pet may be need. We have six full-service animal hospital locations to serve you. Call us today to set up an appointment to get your furry friend on a good path to wellness and long life.

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