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Public Service Announcement Concerning Leptospirosis Outbreak in Phoenix Area

To Our Valued Clients and Members of our Community:

Northwest Pet Clinic understands the concerns Pet Parents are experiencing with the recent news surrounding the Leptospirosis Outbreak that is currently affecting the Phoenix area. As you may have heard, Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is shed in and contracted from the urine of an infected animal and/or person.  It can also be contracted from bite wounds and ingestion of infected tissue. Though a rare occurrence, it can be transferred to humans from animals and vice versa. Common symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, lethargy, weakness, depression, increased thirst and urination, and abdominal pain. Other symptoms may occur. If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, please call and schedule an appointment right away. This bacterial infection can cause mild symptoms with some patients not showing any signs to severe symptoms, sometimes causing kidney and/or liver damage.

Currently, we have not heard of any confirmed cases in our area, and this infection is not commonly seen here. We understand that because of our proximity to the Phoenix area this is still a concern to our community.  We do offer a vaccination that helps protect pets from Leptospirosis. Pet’s that work and/or play outdoors (ranching, hiking, live on large open land near wildlife) tend to experience the most exposure and are at greater risk for infection. We recommend this vaccine for anyone concerned that their pet may be exposed to Leptospirosis or will be traveling to an area known to have the infection. Other preventive measures that can be taken are the avoidance of contact with bodies of water that may be contaminated with animal urine, avoidance of contact with wild animals, and avoidance of exposure to any damp soil, water, grass or outside surface that may be urine contaminated.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask a member of our team for more information.

 

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