Scottsdale Animal Healthcare 


Our veterinarians are now fear free certified!! The team at Scottsdale Animal Healthcare works hard to ensure that you and your pet have a stress free and enjoyable visit. There are many aspects to a fear free vet visit and it starts at home.

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The media began reporting an outbreak of Leptospirosis in the Phoenix area in January,

2016.  This disease, once established, does not go away.  We continue to see fatalities

in dogs today.


Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with Leptospira bacteria.

These bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and water. Leptospirosis

is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be spread from animals to people.

Leptospirosis is more common in areas with a lot of moist soil.   Any dog that walks in moist, irrigated grass (most residential communities) is at risk as the disease is primarily transmitted through the urine of animals like rodents or other wildlife.  

Signs of Leptospirosis

The signs of leptospirosis disease in dogs vary:

  • Signs may include fever, shivering, muscle tenderness, reluctance to move, increased thirst, changes in the frequency or amount of urination, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes), or painful inflammation within the eyes.
  • The disease can cause kidney failure with or without liver failure.
  • Death often follows.

Treatment and prevention
Leptospirosis is generally treated with antibiotics and supportive care. When treated early and aggressively, the chances for recovery are good but there is still a risk of permanent residual kidney or liver damage.  Currently available vaccines effectively prevent leptospirosis and protect dogs for 12 months. Annual vaccination is recommended.