Leptospirosis – What is it?

Due to the tragic loss of my dog Flora, I have spent a lot of time researching Leptospirosis, and thought I would share my findings about it.

So what is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease which is zoonotic, this means that it is transferable to humans and animals, in both directions. It is a nasty bacteria that has over 200 separate strains, and when a host is infected has the ability to cause acute kidney and liver failure, which can result in death.

Currently in the UK it is common for dogs to be vaccinated against Leptospirosis, however the vaccine only provides protection against 2 – 6 variants of the bacteria. For example the Nobivac Lepto 2 vaccine covers 2 strains of the bacteria, and the Nobivac Lepto 4 vaccine covers 4 etc…

Having lost my dog due to Leptospirosis, it has been hard to come to terms with the loss, and even more so knowing that we had vaccinated her with a vaccine which should have offered her protection.

What you should know is that sometimes, vaccines are not always 100% effective, and by vaccinating your dog against Leptospirosis you are trying to offer your dog the best protection you can.

I have sought expert medical advice on this matter, as I thought that the vaccine must be faulty and perhaps I could reclaim the vet fees for the loss of my dog from the failure of the vaccine. The expert medical opinion came back stating that vaccination is never 100% effective, and no veterinary surgeon or pharma drug manufacturer would give a guarantee of 100% effectiveness.

So how is this disease transmitted?

Quite simply this disease is transmitted through direct contact with urine of an infected animal, either directly or from a contaminated environment.

Typically wild rodents like rats can carry the disease, however other animals such as wild deer etc.. can carry it and shed the bacteria without ever showing any signs of infection.

How serious is this disease?

Well as you will have gathered, I have lost my dog to this nasty disease. It is typically an acute disease, and this means that the attack on the infected person or animal is severe. My dog went rapidly into liver and kidney failure, and within humans it could be life-threatening.