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Leptospirosis is a kind of bacteria that doesn’t die instantly in urine. It is spread in the urine directly, through bite wounds or with the ingestion of infected meat. It can be indirectly transmitted through infected water, soil and plant material.
Usually there are no symptoms because the disease progresses so quickly or it can linger chronically causing minimal problems until it is too late. When an animal contracts Leptospirosis, they have signs of lethargy, fever, vomiting and not eating. Their blood work can show that they have both kidney failure and concurrent liver problems.
The disease can be treated with very aggressive and potentially expensive therapy, including fluid therapy and antibiotics. In areas where available, kidney dialysis is sometimes recommended. The early stages may be treated with antibiotics, but the disease is rarely diagnosed in this phase. Unfortunately, the animal may have residual kidney and liver problems for life. Leptospirosis is common in the urine of raccoons, rats, and deer.
Dogs who roam freely in damp areas like wet, rainy pastures known to be inhabited by wildlife or livestock are at risk. Also, dogs that are exposed to rodent urine (possibly in a home or barn) are at risk.
Puppies with the potential for exposure should receive two doses of the killed or subunit Leptospirosis vaccine (canine) against the 4 most common serovars (L. canicola, L. icterohemorrahgica, L. pomona and, L. grippotyphosa,) in conjunction with their other puppy vaccines. They receive a booster at one year and then annually.
For more information, please feel free to call Pet's Friend Animal Clinic about any questions or concerns you may have at 408-739-2688.
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We Support Humane Society and Rescue Group Adoptions
COURTESY (free) Health Exam Tuesday - Friday (by appointment only)
Available to adopted pets from Silicon Valley Humane Society or 501c Rescue Groups within 14 days of adoption.
Adoption documents required for courtesy exam.
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I moved to the Bay Area with my cat, Buddy, in the Summer of 2015. After going to the same veterinarian for nearly my entire life, I was very anxious about finding a new vet which I could trust to take care of my cat. The vet staff at Pet's Friend Animal Clinic are wonderful! I have now taken Buddy here twice, both times to see Dr. Allison Moore. You can tell that she, and the rest of the staff, truly care about you and your animal. I'm very relieved to have found this exceptional clinic, and I plan to continue taking my cat here for the foreseeable future!
We have been taking our doggie girls to Pet's Friends since they opened. Although there have been many changes over the years, the loving care they have given our dogs, myself, and wife has always been consistent. That's because you can tell they love animals and want to help them live a long, happy, and healthy life. The Doctors are special - they take time to explain medical process, explain options to us, and really listen to our concerns. The Pet's Friends' staff treats us like family. The staff provides more than just administrative and technical support to the Doctors - they provide a professional atmosphere of confidence while making everyone feel at home. I would not hesitate recommending them to my friends.