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Leptospirosis Update

Pittwater Animal Hospital has leptospirosis vaccinations available. If you are worried that your dog could be at risk from this disease please book an appointment, and we can discuss and vaccinate your pet. (This is especially recommended if you take your dog south of the Harbour Bridge.)


To vaccinate a dog for the first time, your dog will need one injection then a follow up injection in 2-4 weeks. This can be done along with their usual vaccinations or given alone.

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Leptospirosis is a serious disease of dogs. It has been reported on the news, that there have been several cases of this disease in Sydney recently, around the Surry Hills Area.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is spread by contact with excretions of infected animals, usually with the urine of rats. It is a disease that can be spread to humans. Cases are more prevalent in wet conditions. Pittwater Animal Hospital has not seen a case of this disease in the last 25 years although our Emergency Service has had the occasional case in dogs brought in from out of area.

At Pittwater Animal Hospital we strongly recommend your dogs are vaccinated regularly against distemper, hepatitis, parvo virus, plus the coughing diseases bortadella brontiseptica and parainfluenza. Sadly not all dogs on the Northern Beaches are vaccinated so we continue to have outbreaks of canine cough.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that causes acute kidney failure in dogs. Other organs such as the liver can also be involved. Antibiotics and intensive supportive care is needed to treat infected dogs. Our advice is to avoid your dogs drinking from puddles especially in areas where rats may be present. If your dog is unwell, a full examination with one of your trusted veterinarians is recommended. As usual it is best to wash your hands after touching your pets.

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