Dogs and Leptospirosis

For those who will buy Maltipoo puppies, it is important to note that all dogs are susceptible to Leptospirosis. This is a bacterial infection caused by spirochetes which penetrate dogs’ skin and spreads throughout the body via the bloodstream. It attacks the liver, kidneys, central nervous system, eyes and the reproductive system of the affected dog.

Common symptoms of infection include sudden fever and illness, sore muscles, reluctance to move, stiffness in muscles, legs, stiff gait, shivering, weakness, depression, lack of appetite, increased thirst and urination, may be indicative of chronic renal (kidney) failure, progressing to inability to urinate, rapid dehydration, vomiting, possibly with blood, diarrhea – with or without blood in stool, bloody vaginal discharge, dark red speckled gums (petechiae), yellow skin and/or whites of eyes – anemic symptoms, spontaneous cough, difficulty breathing, fast breathing, irregular pulse, runny nose, swelling of the mucous membrane, and mild swelling of the lymph nodes.

This infection is treated through antibiotics that can kill the Leptospira bacteria. Pet owners are advised that the earlier the treatment is, the higher the chance of recovery is for their furry friend.

On the other hand, there is also a preventive measure for Leptospirosis in the form of vaccines. These, however, do not provide long term immunity and must be repeated often

 If you are getting your new dog from Maltipoo breeders, make sure that your new furry friend is protected from this infection.