Leptospirosis is a disease carried by rats which is transmitted by infected urine or tissue, and the RSPCA is growing concerned about the prevalence of the disease in NSW now that a significant number of dogs in Sydney’s inner west have become infected with the disease. Worryingly, the disease can also be transmitted to humans.
As a result, the RSPCA will be offering free vaccinations for the disease with every annual or triannual vaccination appointment at the RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital from July 27 to August 31.
However, if all you want is a vaccine for the rat disease, you can get it alone for a one-off payment of $30.
Unfortunately, there is currently no vaccines available for cats against leptospirosis, so all animals in affected areas should keep their feline friends indoors.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection and dogs can become hosts for the disease is food, water or bedding comes into contact with affected surfaces. Furthermore, the disease can be transmitted via contact with gums abrasions or broken skin. It can take seven days for symptoms to appear, and includes vomiting, lethargy and diarrhoea.
The RSPCA recommends all dog owners steer clear of leptospira bacterial breeding grounds such as moist, warm environments and stagnant water.
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