Leptospirosis Spike Threatens New Jersey Pets!!

NorthStar VETS veterinary emergency and specialty veterinary hospital in New Jersey is issuing a warning to people in the area with pets.
Over the past several months, there has been a marked increase in the number of Leptospirosis cases treated at the hospital and at other veterinary hospitals in the NJ/NY/PA areas.

Dr. Steven Berkowitz, Emergency and Critical Care veterinarian for NorthStar VETS, said, "We want pet parents to be aware of Leptospirosis, and to consider vaccinating their at-risk pets to help prevent the spread of the disease. Each individual patient should be assessed by their family veterinarian."

Leptospira can occur in human

Sign and Symptoms of Leptospirosis in human

According to a center for disease control and prevention

In humans, Leptospirosis can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • High fever

  • A headache

  • Chills

  • Muscle aches

  • Vomiting

  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)

  • Red eyes

  • Abdominal pain

  • Diarrhea

  • Rash

If left untreated, Leptospirosis may cause kidney failure, brain damage, massive internal bleeding, and death.

Previously this disease was rare, but now it is becoming more and more common. There was a recent epidemic in Kerala India where as many as fifty people became sick due to leptospirosis. 

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Leptospirosis in Pets

Signs and symptoms of leptospira infection in dogs

  • Fever

  • Vomiting

  • Abdominal pain

  • Diarrhea

  • Refusal to eat

  • Severe weakness and depression

  • Stiffness

  • Severe muscle pain

  • Inability to have puppies

Generally younger animals are more seriously affected than older animals.

If you think your pet may have Leptospirosis, contact your veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian can perform tests to determine whether or not your pet has the disease.

People at risk:

People those are at risk for leptospirosis are outdoor occupation types or those which require people to be in direct contact with animals, such as ranchers, farmers, veterinarians, field workers, and military personnel.

Leptospira is no longer a disease of third world countries, it is now knocking our doors too. Therefore, if you see above symptoms in your pets, better rush to veterinarian.




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