Leptospirosis is called a “spirochete” bacteria because of its spiral shape! This is an image taken by an electron microscope.

Leptospirosis is an organism that is endemic to our region. It is a small spirochete bacteria that is most commonly found in the urine of affected animals. Wild animals in our area are the most common vector of Leptospirosis and spread the disease when other animals become exposed to their urine.  Most commonly the disease is contracted when animals drink from contaminated slow moving or stagnant water sources.  One of our biggest concerns as veterinarians is the fact that Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease.  Meaning that our affected patients can potentially expose their owners to the organism.  Having a better understanding of the risk factors associated with contracting Leptospirosis will better prepare you to protect you and your pets.  For some animals vaccination is the best means of protection and in others there are some simple ways to limit exposure.  Below are links to several great resources on Leptospirosis!  Let us know if you have questions.

An overview of Leptospirosis- Baxter Institute

Leptospirosis-Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Leptospirosis-Veterinary Partner


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