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A Warning For Active Dogs


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If your dog spends a lot of time out in the woods, you may want to consider vaccinating him or her against Leptospirosis.

Chris Burns, who runs the dog exercise and training service Dog’s Best Friend with his wife Natasha Hiden-Burns, e-mailed last week to pass along a warning he had gotten from Caldwell-based veterinarian John Fedina (full disclosure: He’s my vet, too). Lepto, as it is known, is a bacterial disease that can be found in most animals, livestock and wildlife, and is transmitted through their urine. A dog can become infected with Lepto by drinking, swimming in or walking through contaminated water.  Bacteria can enter the bloodstream through a cut in the skin or though mucous membranes around the eyes, nose or mouth.

Lepto can be transmitted from dog to dog and from dog to human.  Its flu-like symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weakness, depression, lethargy and jaundice. Left untreated, Lepto can cause serious liver and kidney damage, and sometimes even death. The consensus in the veterinary community now seems to be that your dog should be vaccinated for Lepto as frequently as it is for bordatella.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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