Unexpected COVID Consequences: Leptospirosis Disease in Dogs

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With people safe-at-home, dogs may be using pee pads which can expose pets and owners to Leptospirosis, according to Walter M. Woolf, veterinarian founder of Air Animal Pet Movers. Vaccinating dogs prevents the disease protecting dogs and their owners for 12 months. Dog owners should consult their veterinarians.

Larry, blond domestic short-haired cat

Larry relocated from Atlanta, GA to Alice Springs, Australia in late February before the worldwide pandemic shut down most international passenger and pet air cargo flights.

“With people safe-at-home, dogs may be using pee pads which can expose pets and owners to Leptospirosis. Vaccination protects dogs for 12 months.”--Walter M. Woolf, VMD Air Animal Founder and Veterinarian

With people safe-at-home, dogs may be using pee pads or small outdoor spaces. Dog and mammal urine can expose you and your pet to Leptospirosis. Prevention is easy, according to Walter M. Woolf, veterinarian founder of Air Animal Pet Movers.

“While Leptospirosis is relatively rare, pet parents should tell their veterinarians about their COVID-19 living conditions. Ask if your dog should be vaccinated,” said Woolf.

Vaccination prevents Leptospirosis and protects dogs for 12 months. The disease is treated with antibiotics. Leptospirosis in dogs can lead to kidney damage, liver failure and even death.

Leptospira organisms can occur anywhere. It is more common in wooded areas and anywhere with a warm climate and high annual rainfall. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the risk of leptospirosis infection in people can be greatly reduced.

  • Avoid swimming or wading in water that might be contaminated with animal urine.
  • Wear protective footwear when around possibly contaminated water or soil.

The AVMA offers more information in English and Spanish.

About Air Animal
Air Animal has helped more than 50,000 families move their 110,000 furry, feathered and scaly pets around the globe since 1977. They welcome referrals from major corporations, relocation management agencies, household goods movers, veterinarians, families, U.S. military and government transferees. Get the best in animal care and transportation. Air Animal is an appointed and endorsed IATA air cargo sales agency working with all airlines that move animals. They are an Indirect Air Carrier cleared for tendering live animals to airlines by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. See airanimal.com for more information about Pet Moving Made Easy® and pet relocation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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