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Canine Leptospirosis: “Lepto” Q&A

How would my pet acquire this disease?

Leptospirosis is a bacterium that is spread through the urine of wildlife, including squirrels, raccoons, opossum, skunks, etc. If your dog swims or ingests water from contaminated areas, they are at risk of acquiring this disease. Those that acquire Lepto can experience kidney and liver failure and require lifelong treatment.

Should I vaccinate my pet for Leptospirosis?

If your family lives near bodies of water or has a high population of wildlife in your area, your pet should be vaccinated. This disease can also be zoonotic, which means it can be spread to humans.

At what age can my pet receive this vaccination?

Your pet can receive this vaccine at 12 weeks old and will need one additional booster 2-4 weeks later. Your pet needs to receive all boosters to ensure they are fully protected. Our Lepto vaccine is given annually.