Grove Vets in Ballymena recommend the Leptospirosis Vaccine to all dog owners in Ballymena. Part of being a responsible dog owner is to look after them and that includes staying up to date with all the necessary vaccines and treatments.

Grove Vets – Leptospirosis Vaccine

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Leptospirosis is a disease that can be contracted and spread by dogs, and other wild animals. Rats often spread the disease by peeing into waters sources – if a dog drinks or swims in an infected area it can spread this disease.

Grove Vets, located in Ballymena and Randalstown, know that it is often difficult to for owners to spot and diagnose this widespread disease in dogs. Here are some symptoms to look out for:

Symptoms include:

  • Fever

  • muscle tremors

  • vomiting

  • diarrhoea

  • increased thirst

  • jaundice

  • breathing difficulties. 

In severe cases dogs can develop kidney damage and liver failure. (Source)

If left untreated leptospirosis can cause live or kidney failure and at worst can be fatal.

Grove Vets says;

“Leptospirosis is transmitted by contact with the urine of infected animals and even when treated with antibiotics the dog can still spread the bacteria through their urine for some time. This means that any dog who is exercised outside may be at risk. People can also contract this disease meaning it is vital that dog owners vaccinate their dog against leptospirosis.”

The leptospirosis vaccine protects your dog and also stops the shedding of the bacteria on the animals urine protecting both you and your pet. Each vaccine lasts for one year meaning that boosters are necessary.

To vaccinate your dog against this disease please get in touch with Grove Vets in Ballymena or Randalstown to make an appointment. Grove Vets want your dog to be happy and healthy and part of your family for a long time. To arrange for a vaccination or booster please contact Grove Vets, Ballymena on 028 2565 6023.