Leptospirosis 2023: A Vital Update for Sydney Pet Owners

Leptospirosis 2023: A Vital Update for Sydney Pet Owners

Leptospirosis is continuing to pose a significant threat to our companion animals in Sydney. This illness, commonly affecting dogs, is contracted from contaminated water sources carrying urine from infected wildlife. The bacteria infiltrate a dog’s body by penetrating the skin, potentially leading to a severe and life-threatening disease.

Unfortunately, we have recently had a confirmed case of leptospirosis in an unvaccinated puppy in Redfern. This is a harsh reminder that leptospirosis is still prevalent in the Sydney region. However, we want to assure you that our team at Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic is fully committed to providing the best care and support for the affected puppy and all pets in our community.

Compounding this concern is the unfortunate shortage of the Protech C2i vaccination against leptospirosis, with stocks predicted to remain unavailable for the next few months. Given this situation, it’s crucial to take proactive measures to minimize the risk of your pet coming into contact with leptospirosis. This includes avoiding swimming or drinking from stagnant water sources like ponds or puddles and steering clear of potential reservoir hosts, notably rats, mice, and even farm animals within the city.

Recognizing the symptoms of leptospirosis is vital, as they can vary and be nonspecific. Look out for signs such as lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea, jaundice, or abnormal urination in your pets.

Should you have any concerns about your pet’s health or suspect possible exposure to leptospirosis, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately at 1300 DOC SAM (1300 362 726) for prompt guidance and assistance. You can also schedule a consultation by visiting scvet.com.au/book.

At Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic, your pet’s well-being is our top priority. Stay informed, take precautions, and let’s work together to safeguard our beloved companions from the risks of leptospirosis. Your vigilance can make a significant difference in keeping our furry friends safe and healthy.

We remain dedicated to keeping you informed and ensuring the health and safety of your furry companions. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as new information becomes available. Together, we can mitigate the risks of leptospirosis and protect our beloved pets.