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V.O. Pet Association                  Contact: Angela Hovden - 907-903-6709
List of volunteer sitters:
Angie Hovden ..................... 907-903-6709
Judy Waters........................ 208-269-0239
Forrest Simmons................. 480-532-1813
KC Wilson............................907-250-1948
Suzanne Queen...................480-326-4086


CANINE LEPTOSPIROSIS

Concern to dog owners in Maricopa County

WHAT IS LEPTOSPIROSIS: 

Leptospirosis is an infection caused by bacteria called Leptospira that can infect dogs and humans.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTONS?

Recent dog cases in Arizona have ranged from no symptoms, to conjunctivitis, to kidney and liver failure.

WHAT DOGS HAV A HIGHER RISK?

.  Outdoor dogs that engage in hiking, wading and swimming in natural waters.

.  Dogs on ranches and farms where there is contact with other animals and animal urine.

.  Dogs that are frequently exposed to areas of flooding or flood irrigation.

.  Dogs that travel widely and have contact with other dogs and/or other animals.

.  Dogs that reside in rural areas or fringe areas where there is potential contact to wildlife or animal urine.

.  Dogs that have frequent exposure to other dogs and dog urine such as at dog shows, dog parks, pet boarding facilities, etc.

WHY IS THIS A CONCRN NOW?

The Arizona Veterinary Medical Association has indicated that the number of cases seen by Maricopa County Veterinarians is on the rise.  Until recently, canine leptospirosis was considered rare and sporadic in Arizona and had not occurred in outbreak settings.  Since the beginning of this year, at least 20 dogs have been reported as testing positive for the infection.  This is of particular concern because of this infection’s ability to transfer from dogs to humans.

WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MY DOG SAFE?

In light of recent trends, we recommend liptospirosis vaccination for dogs that may be at increased risk for exposure.  Please contact your veterinarian to learn more and have your dog vaccinated.