What Are The Symptoms of Leptospirosis In Dogs?
Is Your Pup Feeling Poorly? If She Has These Symptoms It May Be Something Serious
Help! I’m worried my dog is sick. I looked it up online and it sounds like she may have something called “Leptospirosis”. How can I tell that this is what she has?

We’re sorry to hear that you think that your puppy is ill :( Obviously, the first thing that you should do if you ever think that you pup isn't feeling well is speak to your vet. We’ll do our best to tell you what the general symptoms of Leptospirosis are, but only you'll vet will be able to tell you what's going on for certain.
What Is Leptospirosis?
We explain what Leptospirosis is in another article, so we won’t go too deep into that so that we can hurry up and discuss the symptoms of Leptospirosis in dogs.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is found in many animals. Dogs are more likely to come down with this illness when they live in wet, muddy, or marshy areas. However, it is also common in areas that experience heavy rainfalls.

The disease is caught when a dog comes into contact with water, mud, or even dirt that has been infected with the bacteria that causes Leptospirosis. Dogs will often catch this disease after swimming in, drinking or even just passing through infected water.

Infection can also occur when coming into contact with urine of an infected animal. This means that you need to be careful about letting your dog outside unattended if you live in a wet or muddy area. Other animals, such as rats and raccoons, may also be living in your yard and leaving this deadly disease around whenever they go to the bathroom.
Keep A Careful Eye On Your Pets If You Live In Wet Regions
The Symptoms of Leptospirosis in Dogs
Unfortunately, if you’re looking online, you’re going to find that Leptospirosis can cause pretty much every symptom under the sun.

In some cases, there are no symptoms. Obviously this will make it hard to even know whether your pup is sick.

In most cases it causes flu like symptoms. These include:
  •  Fever
  •  Runny Nose
  •  Decreased or No Appetite
  •  Tiredness
  •  Difficulty moving, or muscle pain and stiffness
  •  Vomiting
  •  Cough
And in more extreme cases, death may occur as well as some very severe symptoms such as vomiting with blood in it, Jaundice, and even kidney or liver failure. More specifically, severe symptoms of Leptospirosis include:
  •  Diarrhea (up to and including bloody stool)
  •  Bloody vomit 
  •  Difficulty Breathing
  •  Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  •  Organ Failure
  •  Vomiting
  •  Increased thirst and urination – this is a sign of their kidneys are shutting down 
You Will Generally Know If Your Dog Is Feeling Bad
Obviously, given the wide range of possible symptoms, any time that you believe that your dog may be coming down ill, you should immediately go speak with your veterinarian.

Leptospirosis is a treatable illness if you can catch it early enough. However, if you let it go too long, your poor pup may eventually go into Kidney and/or Liver failure.

Also, there is another reason that it is important to get this diagnosed quickly. Leptospirosis is contagious to humans and animals. Small children are especially at risk for catching Leptospirosis from an infected animal.

This means that your own health and safety are at risk if you believe that your furry family member has come down ill with Leptospirosis. If your pup is showing the signs of Leptospirosis in dogs, you need to immediately take her to your vet for treatment.
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