Leptospirosis may not top your list of concerns when it comes to pet diseases, but it probably should be. This serious bacterial infection should not be taken lightly, and with cases on the rise across the US and Canada it’s more important than ever to educate yourself about leptospirosis and learn how to protect your family and pets.
The threat of leptospirosis is not limited to your pet; many domestic and wild animals can become infected, as well as humans. Dogs are most commonly affected due to their more frequent exposure to the bacteria by breathing in or ingesting soil, drinking contaminated water, or coming into close contact with infected animals at dog parks or in boarding kennels.
By now, most people have heard of the most prominent tick-borne disease: Lyme disease. Carried by the black-legged tick and deer tick, Lyme disease affects hundreds of thousands of dogs and people each year. It’s not hard to figure out why Lyme is often at the center of any tick discussion.
However, there are many lesser known tick-borne illnesses that are just as harmful to cats and dogs. Keep reading to learn more about tick-borne illnesses and how to protect your pet.