Take care to vaccinate against leptospirosis

PUBLISHED: 14:15 09 June 2015

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Practices have treated a number of dogs for the disease, some of which sadly have been fatal.

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New Street Vets is advising owners to be on their guard after a number of cases of a serious bacterial infection in dogs have been diagnosed in the South West.

Practices have treated a number of dogs for the disease, called leptospirosis, some of which sadly have been fatal.

The practice is urging owners to keep their dogs away from stagnant water which can harbour the disease and to be vigilant for symptoms including lethargy, increased thirst, a temperature and vomiting.

Greg Axsel, veterinary practice partner, said: “Many owners are unaware of it, but leptospirosis is a dangerous disease which is spread by rats and can be caught by dogs drinking from muddy or stagnant pools.

“There is a great deal of standing water in many of the country areas where owners exercise their dogs and this could lead to an increased incidence of the disease in our area.

“The best way to protect their dog is for owners to ensure it is vaccinated against the disease, so we are offering all dog owners the most up-to-date Lepto 4 vaccination to ensure the best protection for their pet.

“For the price of a booster, we are offering a double vaccination which will protect your dog against distemper, hepatitis, parvo and leptospirosis”

For more information, or to book your appointment, call reception on 01404 42750.


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