Is Leptospirosis Contagious?
All It Takes Is Some Infected Water Outside For Your Dog To Get Sick
My vet just got very upset with me. He said that my dog has Leptospirosis and that I need to go home and scrub everything. He said that my husband and I can get sick too. Is it really all that bad?

We’re sorry to hear that your doggy is sick. We're also sorry to hear your vet got upset with you. He probably was just concerned for you. A diagnosis for your pup can be serious for everyone. So, we’ll try to tell you why.
Do You Need To Be Concerned?
The simple answer is: YES!!

Leptospirosis is highly contagious. In fact, it can be just as deadly for humans as it can be for animals if left untreated.

As we discuss in our article on “What Is Leptospirosis In Dogs?” Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that quickly makes its way into the Liver and Kidneys. From there, it is able to spread through both blood and urine.

It is the urine that is the biggest problem. For starters, that is most likely how your pup became sick in the first place.

What happens most of the time is that an infected animal urinates outside. Because Leptospirosis is found primarily in wet, muddy and rainy areas, the bacteria makes its way into some standing water where it sits around for a while until your favorite furry friend finds her way into it.

Whether she drinks the water, swims in it, splashes around in it, or eats something that was sitting in it (such as infected meat), she will likely become infected herself.

If she has any scratches or cuts, the bacteria has an easy path in. If she gets her eyes or nose wet in the infected water, the bacteria will find its way through her mucous membranes.

And, even if all she does is get wet, with no other cuts, the bacteria can still get in because it is a type of bacteria known as spirochetes that drill their way in through the skin.
Make Sure To Be Careful With Your Pooch If you Get A Diagnosis Of Leptospirosis - You Don't Want It To Spread
This bacteria is just as likely to infect you as it is to infect your doggy.

Keep this in mind when handling your dog, especially when you first start to suspect that she may have Leptospirosis.

You will want to wear latex gloves, and avoid all urine or blood as best as you can.

If your dog has urinated on the floor or in the house, you should immediately clean the area with a disinfectant. Be sure to wear gloves and keep small children out of the area.

Speaking of children: Small children are at an especially high risk of infection. Just like puppies, their immune systems are not fully developed yet, and so they are more likely to be unable to fight off the bacteria naturally.

Simply take all proper pre-cautions, wash your hands constantly when handling your pet, and provide all antibiotics as prescribed.
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