CHECK YOUR VET RECORDS ASAP! Lepto deaths reported in Brookline!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LEPTO (from the CDC website):
"The bacteria that cause Leptospirosis are spread through the urine of infected animals, which can get into water or soil and can survive there for weeks to months. Humans and animals can become infected through contact with this contaminated urine (or other body fluids, except saliva), water, or soil. The bacteria can enter the body through skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth), especially if the skin is broken from a cut or scratch. Drinking contaminated water can also cause infection."
THERE ARE SOMETIMES NO SYMPTOMS, BUT THIS DISEASE CAN BE DEADLY! IT CAN CAUSE ORGAN FAILURE!
Some vets in "city" environments do not recommend Lepto shots for dogs. But GET IT JUST TO BE SAFE!
"Get your pet vaccinated against leptospirosis. The vaccine does not provide 100% protection. This is because there are many strains (types) of leptospires (the bacteria that causes Leptospirosis), and the vaccine does not provide immunity against all strains. It is important to get your pet vaccinated again even if it gets leptospirosis because it can still get infected with a different strain of leptospires."
IF YOUR DOG GETS LEPTO:
"Leptospirosis is treatable with antibiotics. If an animal is treated early, it may recover more rapidly and any organ damage may be less severe. Other treatment methods, such as dialysis and hydration therapy may be required."
"Pet owners should also take steps to prevent themselves and others from becoming infected with the disease due to an infected pet. The primary mode of transmission of leptospirosis from pets to humans is through direct or indirect contact with contaminated animal tissues, organs, or urine."