Brandywine Hospital for Pets

1384 Brandywine Blvd
Zanesville, OH 43701



Vacancy - dogs welcome!


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Leptospirosis (lepto for short) is a growing concern for dog owners throughout the United States, including cities, suburbs and rural areas.This potentially fatal bacterial disease damages the liver and kidneys of dogs, humans and other animals.

Leptospirosis is spread by a spirochete (or spiral shaped) bacteria called leptospires in the urine of rodents and other infected animals, as well as in water, such as pond water. The leptospires enter the body through mucous membranes or through abraded skin.

For dog owners, the first signs of leptospirosis in a pet often are several days of anorexia, vomiting, lethargy, depression, muscle pain and sometimes diarrhea or bloody urine. Veterinarians examining dogs with leptospirosis find depression, fever, dehydration, jaundice and abdominal pain. The disease damages the animal's liver and kidneys, sometimes resulting in renal failure and death.