Warning for pet owners: Leptospirosis outbreak in Detroit killing pets

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What is “Lepto”?  Leptospirosis is caused by exposure to several types of the Leptospira bacteria, which can be found in fresh water that has been contaminated by animal urine.

Risk factors include:

Occupational exposure — farmers, ranchers, slaughterhouse workers, trappers, veterinarians, loggers, sewer workers, rice field workers, and military personnel

Recreational activities — fresh water swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and trail biking in warm areas

Household exposure — pet dogs, domesticated livestock, rainwater catchment systems, and infected rodents

From ClickonDetroit.com:

EASTPOINTE, Mich. — An outbreak of a potentially fatal infection in animals has prompted metro Detroit veterinaries to urge owners to get their pets vaccinated.

Leptospirosis, a contagious bacterial infection, has been reported in Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Warren and Eastpointe.

Vets in those cities attribute the sudden rise in the disease to road construction in the Interstate 696 and Interstate 94 area . The vets explained that the construction displaces rats, which carry the bacteria in their urine. The rats spread out once above ground, making their way into the paths of pets.

Michelle Dahl said her 3-year-old Maltipoo, Maximo, was more than just a pet.

“My husband and I couldn’t have children of our own. So, he was our baby,” she said.

Dahl said Maximo was happy and healthy until something dramatically changed over the course of 24 hours.

“He was just lethargic. He just wanted to lie down,” she said.

Six days later, Maximo died.

“He died in my husband’s arms,” Dahl said.

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3 thoughts on “Warning for pet owners: Leptospirosis outbreak in Detroit killing pets

  1. To the person saying that there are only two strains vaccines, read up before talking, there are better vaccines out there and it does not make any sense to just not vaccinate when there are over 200 studies showing that there are only 4 strains that have been shown to cause the disease, and it can save your pet and family. OR, just take a chance because having your head in a sand is lot more better than taking actions. Do some checking and see how many reactions has killed and how many have dies of the disease. Educate yourself…

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