In recent years, there have been increasing reports of Leptospirosis—a bacteria that is commonly found in raccoon and other animal urine—in canines. Lepto is considered a “zoonotic” problem because it can be passed from animals to humans, and it is difficult to diagnose both in pets and people. Often called the “copy cat” bacteria, symptoms mimic many other viruses and diseases.
How can you protect your dog?
The lepto booster has not been approved for three-year use and must still be given yearly. Ask your veterinarian about the risk for lepto in your area and about your options for protecting your pet. Some veterinarians now opt for a combination booster which includes lepto; others give lepto separately.
Staying informed is one of the best things you can do for your dog! Be sure to ask your vet about new risks and advances at your dog’s yearly checkup, and you can also read up on the American Animal Hospital Association‘s vaccination guidelines on your own.