In New Jersey, pet owners raise awareness regarding the terrible threat posed by leptospirosis, a rat-borne disease, which affects dogs and could be fatal. This deadly illness is transmitted through rats. Health officials are warning people about this disease, unveiling how they should treat threat and protect their companions. Veterinarians in New Jersey claimed that they had already revealed a high number of cases where dogs have contracted the deadly virus.
- Health officials inform people about how they should protect their dog from leptospirosis.
- This virus is contracted when in contact with rat feces.
- Pet owners should vaccinate their dogs against this disease.
This year, this disease had spread among dogs very quickly. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection which could be contracted when in contact with rat urine. Health officials state that dogs may be exposed to this type of infection after drinking water from puddles. CBS New York reported that three dogs died and two others were infected because with this disease in New Jersey. The Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital in Paramus has treated five dogs. Unfortunately, three of them died. Their organs were severely affected by this infection and suffered organ failure.
Leptospirosis can also be harmful to people if they somehow come in contact with rat feces. Back in February, a man from the Bronx died of leptospirosis, and two others got infected with the terrible virus. However, the New Jersey Health Department declared that specialists did not identify people to be infected with this illness in the state.
Experts claim that more dogs might have been exposed to the virus since many dog owners spend a lot of time outside with their dogs due to warm temperatures. Benjamin Davidson, a critical care specialist at Blue Pearl, stated that if this virus reaches the bloodstream, it immediately causes blood vessels inflammation in various organs.
The most common symptom is kidney failure, but the infection could also attack the lungs and the liver. If this infection is not treated immediately, it could become fatal for both people and pets. Davidson argued that if the disease is revealed in time and people start treatment as soon as possible, irrespective of the fact that it is for them or their pets, then they could combat the disease.
He also stated that there exists a vaccine for this type of infections and it is important for families who have pets to contact their veterinarian and vaccinate their dogs.
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