Vaccinate your dog against leptospirosis at RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital

RSPCA NSW is offering free vaccinations for leptospirosis (C2i) with everyannual or triannual vaccination (C3, C4 or C5) booking at RSPCA SydneyVeterinary Hospital from 27 July to 31 August 2019.

To curb the spread of the disease RSPCA NSW is also offering proactivevaccinations for leptospirosis at a reduced fee of $30.

The C2i vaccine also covers Coronavirus. A consultation fee may be charged ifa vet exam is required for additional concerns, dogs must be in good health tobe vaccinated.

Cases of leptospirosis have been reported in Sydney’s inner city and innerwest suburbs; notably Surry Hills, Glebe and Darlinghurst.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection and is considered a zoonotic disease,meaning it is transmissible between animals and to humans. The bacteria (genusleptospira ) favours warm, moist environments, and stagnant areas of watersuch as ponds.

Rats are typically responsible for the continued contamination of theenvironment through their infected urine and tissue.

Dogs may become infected, as incidental hosts, through contact with infectedsurfaces in food, water and bedding. Leptospira may penetrate the dog’smucous membranes (gums), abrasions or broken skin. The incubation period isapproximately seven days before they show symptoms.

Leptospirosis may be suspected if your dog has had any contact with rats orstagnant water and displays clinical signs of vomiting, lethargy anddiarrhoea.

There is no vaccine available for cats. RSPCA NSW strongly advises that catowners within the affected areas keep their cats contained indoors to protecttheir pets.

Please seek immediate veterinary attention should any of your pets present theabove signs, as the disease is fatal if left untreated

Bookings are compulsory. Contact RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital on (02) 97707575.

Please click here for FAQs about leptospirosis on our website.

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