Leptospirosis–What you don't know could kill you!

Oak Hill Animal Clinic is committed to the highest standards of care for our clients and their pets.  Veterinary medicine isan ever changing science that requires us to reevaluate our policies and procedures on an ongoing basis in order to provide you and your pet with the best possible care.

Leptospirosis is the most common zoonotic disease in the world and can cause debilitating kidney, liver disease and even death.  A zoonotic disease is defined as a disease that can be spread from animals to people.  This disease is prevalent in the midwest states including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisocnsin.  Leptospirosis is easily spread from animal to animal via contaminated urine.   ANYWHERE an animal urinates can be a potential for Leptspirosis exposure. This disease can live for months in the soil or water and still cause infection.

Based on recommendations from several industry leading human and medical organizations (please see listed below), and in light of new research on this topic, Oak Hill Animal Clinic recommends Leptospirosis  vaccination for all dogs!  It is simple, inexpensive and it could just save your life!

American Animal Hospital Association;   JAVMA, vol 230, No.11, June 2007; Center for Disease Control and Prevention  www.cdc.gov/eid, vol12, No3, March 2006; Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine;

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