Know the Risks: Your Pet, Wildlife, and Leptospirosis

A dog laying in a wet fieldAs many pet owners in California may know, leptospirosis has become a problem over the past few years, with outbreaks occurring more frequently in the Western states. With spring in the air, we tend to see an uptick in cases of leptospirosis, giardia, and other illnesses that become problematic with increased temperatures and more rain. It’s also important to note that in areas where rodents are common, which is true of most places, we must be extra vigilant about leptospirosis.


Aquatic Spirochetes: What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Leptospirosis

dog with LeptospirosisIf we had to choose, would we decide to share all illnesses with our pets? Of course not! Luckily, most health problems are not contagious between the species, but in the case of a zoonotic disease, humans can get very sick from their pets. Leptospirosis is definitely one illness that you don’t want to mess with.

While it’s considered more common for human transmission to result from activities in and around water, a pet who picks up Leptospira bacteria in warm water or soil could place human caregivers at risk.