Harbor Lights Animal Hospital

1710 Virginia Avenue
North Bend, OR 97459

(541)756-5156

harborlightsah.com

Summer  2020

 

Summer's here !   Watch out for those fleas & ticks

 Remember to keep your pet on flea & tick prevention year round.  Just one flea can start an allergic reaction !  Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease.

Going to the beach,  camping ?    Make sure your dog is current on Lepto 4 vaccine,  to prevent Leptospirosis

What is leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Leptospira. The disease causes serious damage to the kidney and liver, and may be fatal in severe cases. Bacteria are passed in the urine of infected animals and can survive in the environment for long periods of time in warm, stagnant water or moist soil. Wild animals, including skunks, raccoons, opossums, rats, wolves, and deer, can spread infection to dogs.

How are dogs infected?

Most dogs are infected by direct contact with urine from an infected animal. Others are infected by contact with water or soil contaminated with infected urine. Leptospira can penetrate the soft lining of the nose, mouth, and eyelid, and can enter the body through open sores and scratches in the skin.

What happens once a dog is infected?

After infection, bacteria multiply in the bloodstream and then move into the tissues. They concentrate in the liver and kidney, causing extensive damage to these organs.

About eight to ten days after infection, the dog's immune system produces an antibody response that quickly clears most of the Leptospira from the body. However, the damage caused by the bacteria often leads to liver failure or kidney failure, and sometimes both. In severe infections, the damage is irreversible and quickly becomes fatal.

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 As summertime weather approaches us here on the Oregon coast, remember our refreshing fresh water weekend getaways could be dangerous for our canine counterparts. Here is some information on Blue-Green Algae.