Leptospirosis Treament In Dogs?
So You Got A Diagnosis of Leptospirosis? What Comes Next
My puppy has Leptospirosis, but her vet only gave us a prescription for antibiotics. Should I be more concerned? Is there something more that should be done? I thought Leptospirosis was deadly.

We’re sorry to hear that your new family member has taken ill. It can be quite scary when our loved ones get sick.

So, before we say anything else, we need to say that we are not qualified to say whether your puppy needs any additional treatment. That is entirely up to your vet.

With that said, we can discuss a little about how Leptospirosis is treated in general.
Leptospirosis Treatment In Dogs
The first step in determining treatment and even whether your dog has Leptospirosis whether she is exhibiting any symptoms of the disease. We have another article where we discuss the symptoms of Leptospirosis in dogs so we won’t rehash that here.

If your puppy is not showing any signs of illness, you most likely won’t notice that he has Leptospirosis. Like most other bacterial infections, your dog may quickly get over it and never be bothered by it. 

If you pooch is showing any of the signs or symptoms of Leptospirosis, first and foremost you need to immediately take precautions to avoid infection for yourself. You should wear latex gloves and be extremely cautious around any urine or blood.

You should then attempt to get your pet in to see his veterinarian as soon as possible. Given the serious risks involved with Leptospirosis, it is not out of the question to consider taking your pet in after normal vet hours, to an emergency clinic, or to a specialty hospital.

Be sure to take your pet’s medical records, and be ready to answer questions regarding the circumstances that led to your pet becoming ill.

The veterinarian will then run various tests to determine whether your pup is ill. If your dog is exhibiting the “usual” symptoms, your vet may prescribe antibiotics. If symptoms are slight, your vet may allow your pet to go home. Although, it is just as likely that they will keep him due to the risk of infection of others at your house.
It's Up To Your Vet The Best Course Of Action With Leptosporsis
When Leptospirosis is caught early and treated properly, it is unlikely that your pup will have any further complications in the future.

However, just because your vet only prescribes antibiotics, or that it is caught early, does not mean that your pet is in the clear though. The disease may progress and may require additional treatment in the future. If improperly treated, there is still a risk of kidney or liver damage that can stick with your dog for the rest of her life.

In severe cases, your vet may keep your pet for observation, fluids, or other treatment. Because there is a high risk of organ damage or failure with Leptospirosis, your vet will take this disease very seriously.

Given the wide range of possible treatment options, and the extreme risk involved with Leptospirosis, you absolutely must speak with your veterinarian if you believe your dog is infected.
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