URGENT: Leptospirosis Outbreak
URGENT WARNING TO ALL DOG OWNERS
Outbreak of Leptospirosis (Weils's) disease in dogs
Please be aware that we have seen a number of cases of Leptospirosis (also known as Weil’s disease) at our surgeries during December. Until now, this disease has been very rare in vaccinated dogs. However, as we have seen a number of cases recently in vaccinated dogs, we suspect that a new strain of Leptospirosis bacteria is emerging in this area, one that the classical vaccination does not protect against.
Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial infection which can cause liver and kidney failure and can be fatal if not treated promptly. Spread by rats and contracted from areas of stagnant water, it is also possible for humans to contract Leptospirosis, particularly children or people with a poor immune system.
All of the cases we have seen so far have been in dogs living or exercising in the countryside to the South of Bristol.
How can I protect my dog?
Highcroft has acted immediately by sourcing the L4 Leptospirosis vaccine, which gives protection against more strains than the traditional vaccine, and we urge all vaccinated dogs to have this additional protection. Please contact your surgery now. We have also changed our vaccination protocol for dogs to limit the risk of contracting this disease in the future.