Leptospirosis and Feline Leukemia
We’ve had few people asking about Leptospirosis recently. What is it? Why do we vaccinate against it? Who can get it? And how the heck do you pronounce it?
Leptospirosis is pronounced: lep-toh-spahy-roh-sis
It is a bacterial infection spread through the urine of an infected animal. This bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and in water. It can be spread from animal to people and will present as flu-like symptoms in people which can cause liver and kidney disease.
Dogs are most commonly affected, it can rarely affect cats but the symptoms seem to be less.
We vaccinate almost all dogs for this disease and typically we include it in with our Distemper vaccine, to keep your pet safe. Smaller dogs have a higher risk of vaccine reaction so occasionally we will withhold this aspect of the vaccine in dogs under ten pounds or puppies.
To learn more
AVMA Leptospirosis Handout
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Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that infects cats. FeLV can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. If not defeated by the animal’s, the virus can cause diseases which can be lethal. One disease caused by this virus is a form of cancer of the blood cells called Lymphoma.
To get your cat’s protected it will require a series of two vaccines about 3 weeks apart. Cape Horn pet Clinic will cover the cost of the first vaccine. After their initial series, one vaccine yearly will keep them protected against this deadly virus. This vaccine is recommended for all outdoor cats. Call the office with any questions we are here to help. 603-636-1700
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