Leptospirosis is a potentially fatal bacterial disease that damages the liver and kidneys of dogs, humans and other animals.
Leptospirosis is spread by bacteria in the urine of rodents and other infected animals, as well as in water, such as pond water. The Leptospires enter the body through mucous membranes or through abraded skin.
For dog owners, the first signs of Leptospirosis in a pet often are several days of anorexia, vomiting, lethargy, depression, muscle pain and sometimes diarrhea or bloody urine. The disease damages the animal’s liver and kidneys, sometimes resulting in renal failure and death