Health Warning – Leptospirosis has been reported in Sonoma County

The Sonoma Index Tribune has reported the death of a Rohnert Park dog. We’ve linked that story for you to read more below.

Our message is this; get your dog vaccinated before you take them to daycare, or kennel them, and before you head out anywhere wildlife and water mix.

This is a disease; whose course runs so quickly many dogs cannot be saved in time! Get to your Vet and get your dog vaccinated.  A Leptospirosis vaccine is inexpensive at just over $20.00 a dose, much less expensive than the cost of treatment.

If you do not get your dog vaccinated, the symptoms to watch for are:

Fever, shivering, muscle tenderness, reluctance to move, increased thirst, changes in the frequency or amount of urination, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes), or painful inflammation within the eyes

Time is critical if you notice any of these symptoms, get your dog to your Veterinarian immediately!

 

Sonoma Index Tribune Link

More about Leptospirosis on the AVMA site ( American Veterinary Medical Association)