Beware of Leptospirosis Outbreaks in Pima County

on 08/11/2017 - 11:39 pm

Do you have pets and live in Pima County? Officials are a little concerned because another dog has tested positive for the bacterial disease, leptospirosis. This is a verified case by the health department of Pima County. A local vet notified the health department of this devastating news.

The dog has recovered from the leptospirosis,but  no vaccination was completed prior to the dog picking up the bacteria from who knows where. There have been outbreaks in other cities that have affected anywhere from 50-70 dogs at a time. Prevention as a community is important. There are a few things you can do to help your pet from getting this terrible bacterial disease.

Always keep your dog’s vaccinations up to date.

If your dog is sick, don’t take them into public places, like the dog park.

When your dog shows signs of being sick, get him/her to the vet.

Do not let your dog drink from dog bowls in public or even puddles.

Do not let your dog play with other dogs that may look ill.

Pima Parks and Recreation plus Pima National Park Resources will be spreading awareness of the leptospirosis outbreak. Getting your dog vaccinated is the #1 thing you can do to help keep all dogs in Pima County healthy.