Sydney University have put out a health alert regarding new cases of Leptospirosis, which unfortunately have occurred across various parts of Sydney.
Leptospirosis is a highly contagious, potentially fatal bacterial infection that can cause acute kidney failure and liver disease in dogs. Dogs can become infected by contact with rat urine or indirectly via contaminated water or soil. They can also become infected by hunting and eating rats.
Importantly, humans can be infected with the disease as well – either through contact with rat urine or via an infected dog.
Whilst most dogs were vaccinated specifically against Leptospirosis last year during the previous outbreak, it is vital they receive a booster shot annually to remain protected. Please note this is in addition to their routine C5 vaccination.
Please check your dog is up to date with their vaccinations, or call us on (02) 9958 8775 to find out when they’re due.