Leptospirosis is perceived to generally be an acute illness but there are reports of chronic forms of disease. What are the symptoms of leptospirosis? The clinical signs of leptospirosis vary. Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases, 11(1), 142–148. Leptospirosis can affect many animals, from wild to domesticated. Canine Leptospirosis: A Retrospective Study of 17 Cases. Veterinary Journal. The following figures are for Great Britain, that is to say England, Scotland and Wales. A major drawback of serological testing is sampling too early in the disease course (before IgM antibody levels have risen) leading to a false negative diagnosis. Indeed, some studies have found intact male dogs and working dogs to be overrepresented among leptospirosis patients.1,2 However, other studies have found similar seroprevalence among dogs of large and small breeds, both sexes, and all age groups.3,4 In addition, living in an urban or suburban environment has been identified as a significant risk factor for the develo… Transmission • Leptospires are spread by the urine of infected animals (rodents, dogs, livestock, pigs, horses, wildlife). https://doi.org/10.1016/J.PREVETMED.2017.04.008, https://www.gov.uk/government/news/leptospira-vaccination-in-dogs, https://doi.org/10.1590/s1413-86702007000100029, https://doi.org/10.1111/j.2042-3306.1983.tb01809.x. Affected dogs ... some of the fatal cases … The disease is caused not just by one specific strain of Leptospira spp. Vaccine-associated leptospira antibodies in client-owned dogs. This may be due to leptospires triggering vasculitis but the exact mechanisms have not been elucidated (Wagenaar et al, 2007). Leptospira and Infectious Canine Hepatitis (ICH) virus antibodies and nephritis in Dublin dogs. Tests are divided broadly into two categories: What are the limitations with the currently available tests?The MAT test is the current gold standard for leptospirosis diagnosis. 51% of UK adults own a pet. https://doi.org/10.1590/s1413-86702007000100029• Ellis WA. The disease occurs all over the world, but is most common in warm climates. Other bleeding disorders such as epistaxis, haematemesis and petechiae are seen with leptospirosis. In November 2013, five of the six dogs tested positive for leptospirosis. 2005. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection in dogs, which they acquire when the bacteria leptospira enters the system of a dog by penetrating the skin and through the medium of bloodstream it spreads through your dog’s body.Spreading throughout the body, Leptospires reproduce in a dog’s liver, kidneys, eyes, central nervous system and reproductive system. This presentation is called leptospiral pulmonary haemorrhage syndrome (LPHS) (Klopfleisch et al, 2010; Kohn et al, 2010; Major et al, 2014). André-Fontaine, G. 2006. Small dogs (less than 14 lb) were more likely to be affected than larger dogs (33-60 lb). Long term outcome of dogs with acute kidney injury. However, several years ago tri and tetravalent vaccines were released to the veterinary market in response to emerging concerns to changing patterns of leptospirosis. For further information please call your local public health unit on 1300 066 055 Leptospira cases and vaccination habits within UK vet-visiting dogs. Use of vaccines and factors associated with their uptake variability in dogs, cats and rabbits attending a large sentinel network of veterinary practices across Great Britain. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 29(10), 1305-1309. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10096-010-0991-2• Rossetti CA, Liem M, Samartino LE & Hartskeerl RA. Canine leptospirosis has been reported in the USA for more than 100 years (Bolin, 1996) and the prevalence of leptospirosis is reported to be increasing; the rate increased by 1.2 cases/100,000 dogs/year from 1983 to 1998 (Ward et al., 2002). Neil Parish, who chairs the committee, said: "Four types of dog were banned in the UK in 1991, but since then 70% of dog-related deaths have been caused by those not prohibited by legislation. Diagnosis of leptospirosis based on a single serum sample should be made with caution and with full consideration of the clinical picture and vaccination history of the animal. Vomiting & diarrhoeab. 2003. Hepatic leptospiral infections in dogs without obvious renal involvement. Where cases may be linked, public health staff will investigate to determine common exposures and ways to contact the source of infection. The VMD is aware of media reports and concerns raised on social media following cases of serious adverse events in dogs given the vaccine containing four strains of Leptospira bacteria. Canine leptospirosis in Switzerland – A prospective cross-sectional study examining seroprevalence, risk factors and urinary shedding of pathogenic leptospires. First published on March 28, 2017 / 2:14 PM He was lethargic and hadn’t eaten for two days. For example, André-Fontaine (2006) reported Australis and Sejroe serogroups being associated with milder or more chronic forms of leptospirosis than the Autumnalis and Grippotyphosa serogroups. A novel tetravalent Leptospira bacterin protects against infection and shedding following challenge in dogs. Let me assure you that as of January 2020 this map remains empty of any case. 2011. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection spread via the urine of infected animals such as rats, wildlife and dogs. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tvjl.2018.05.010• Wagenaar JFP, Goris MGA, Sakundarno MS, Gasem MH, Mairuhu ATA & Kruif MD. Geographical distribution and important serovarsAt present, there have been no large-scale surveillance studies undertaken in the UK or Ireland. 5) Which clinical presentation appears to be associated with highest mortality?a. Disease can range from mild to severe, multi-organ failure or death. About us An animal that is a maintenance host for one leptospira serovar can be an incidental host for many other serovars (Bharti et al, 2003; Ellis, 2010). 2015. The risk-benefit analysis does not support this jab. Leptospiral infection in horses in Northern Ireland: Serological and microbiological findings. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is responsible for gathering data on animals infected with disease. Animals can be classified as maintenance hosts, eg. Another way of preventing the disease, she says, is by keeping an eye on your dog in wooded areas. 2010. ... potentially furthering the spread of leptospirosis. 2010b. Therefore, Leptospira genomospecies are of minor importance to the epidemiology of leptospirosis. However, doxycycline is indicated only once the patient is eating and not vomiting, so more critically ill patients should begin therapy on intravenous penicillin. Leptospirosis has worldwide distribution, with a higher incidence in tropical climates, especially after heavy rainfall or flooding due to hurricanes. Leptospires may be either: pathogenic, which cause disease in animals or humans Veterinary Record, 167(16), 602-605. https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.c4965• Ellis WA. Equine Veterinary Journal, 15(4), 317–320. Reproductive Disorders and Leptospirosis: A Case Study in a Mixed-Species Farm (Cattle and Swine). Dogs are the only maintenance host of Canicola, therefore, high levels of vaccinated dogs have created a degree of herd immunity to this serogroup (André-Fontaine, 2006). Canadian Veterinary Journal, 54(5), 497-499.• Levett PN. Here's the map of Leptospirosis cases in the UK. Rodents have a highly important role in maintenance and shedding of leptospires. APHA produce quarterly and yearly reports on Non statutory zoonoses diseases. Leptospirosis is an infection that can cause fatal diseases in dogs - picked up by bacteria, particularly in stagnant water - and can also be transmitted to people. Examples of MAT-test agglutination results can be seen in Figure 1 below. The disease occurs all over the world, but is most common in warm climates. Canine leptospirosis in the UK and Ireland. What factors might be associated with poorer outcomes?Sykes et al, (2011) reported survival rates of 80%. A new tetravalent canine leptospirosis vaccine provides at least 12 months immunity against infection. A cluster of cases in Detroit-area dogs in 2011 was covered by news outlets across the state, but despite the high-visibility of those cases seven years ago, cases have been increasing since 2015. Leptospirosis is spread by infected dogs, mice, rats and cows but can also be caught from infected water. The role of leptospirosis in reproductive disease in livestock is well recognised but it has not yet been fully explored in dogs. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(7), 7242-7260. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph110707242• Martin LER, Wiggans KT, Wennogle SA, Curtis K, Chandrashekar R & Lappin MR. 2014. In that survey, 100% of dogs with leptospirosis caught it just after their lepto vaccinatons. There were only 3 diagnosed cases of leptospirosis in 89 UK vet clinics in 2013. Pomona b. Canicola c. Icterrohaemorrhagiae d. Australis, 4) Which antibiotic is used to prevent renal carriage of leptospirosis?a. Northern Ireland has their own laboratory and records. Which animals can be infected Leptospirosis affects most mammalian species. Leptospires may be either: 1. pathogenic, which cause disease in animals or humans 2. saprophytic, which are free-living in surface waters and are not known to cause disease Pathogenic leptospires belong the sub-group Leptospira interrogans, and non-pathogenic to the subgroup Leptospira biflexa. • Outbreaks of leptospirosis tend to occur Pulmonary Abnormalities in Dogs with Leptospirosis. There has been a lot of dog-owner concern with respect to tetravalent vaccines and adverse reactions towards them. Leptospirosis is an endemic disease to Ireland and the UK (Ellis, 2010). Variability in Results of the Microscopic Agglutination Test in Dogs with Clinical Leptospirosis and Dogs Vaccinated against Leptospirosis. It's rare in the UK. Dog vaccination May 2019 print version. The UK pet population in 2018* is estimated at: 9.0 million dogs; 8.0 million cats; In the UK, it's estimated that 12 million (44 percent of) households have pets* with around 51 million pets owned. A marked increase in canine leptospirosis was observed in Switzerland over 10 years with a peak incidence of 28.1 diagnosed cases/100,000 dogs/year in the most affected canton. Timing and choice of test provides a continued challenge to clinicians.For the past 50 years, a bivalent vaccine has been utilised for protection in canines. According to this, leptospirosis vaccines fit into the category of ‘rare’ adverse effects (<10 in 10,0000) (Veterinary Medicine Directorate, 2017). And in the Canine Health Concern vaccine survey, 100% of dogs with leptospirosis contracted it just after being vaccinated against it. 2013. The bacteria that causes leptospirosis is spread in the urine of infected animals, including rodents, wildlife, pets, and livestock. More than 25% of lepto cases were fatal. LPHS b. Veterinary Dermatology, 16(6), 401-06. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3164.2005.00476.x• Musso D & La Scola B. What are the signs of leptospirosis in dogs? 2014. non-steroidal drugs, ethylene glycol, aminoglycosides, Infectious eg. This incidence rate is similar to what has been reported for other core vaccines such as DHP (distemper, adenovirus and parvovirus). Leptospirosis can infect cattle, pigs, horses, dogs, and wild animals such as rodents (rats, mice), mongoose, and sea mammals. Dogs with coagulation abnormalities may require plasma transfusions. Veterinary Record. This has been recognised in human studies where the presence of jaundice was associated with higher mortality than other presentations (Taylor et al, 2015).Additionally, it is reported that some serogroups are associated with more severe disease than others. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 33(1), 141-150. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvim.15340• Miller MD, Annis KM, Lappin MR & Lunn KF. Its’s worth knowing that the organism, normally found in water, is rapidly destroyed by light and temperatures above 20ºC, so does not survive long in bright sunlight. In 2013, a broader version of the vaccine was released throughout Europe providing coverage against a further two serogroups, Grippotyphosa and Australis. *Latest available estimated figures from the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA). Leptospirosis. Veterinary Microbiology, 117(1), 19-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetmic.2006.04.005• Ball C, Dawson S, & Williams N. 2014. Seroprevalence of Leptospira Hardjo in the Irish suckler cattle population. ... Covid cases near 7000 level, Mankayan still in critical risk. 2006. • It is estimated that more than 1 million cases occur worldwide annually, including almost 60,000 deaths. Veterinary Sciences, 4(4), 64. https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci4040064• Munday JS, Bergen DJ & Roe WD. There have been at least six confirmed cases of canine leptospirosis so far in Sydney's inner west and city in 2019, with three in May and June. Wed 10 Jul 2019 01.26 EDT Last modified on Wed 10 Jul 2019 05.27 EDT. Canine leptospirosis is perceived to be underdiagnosed due to non-specific clinical signs (Prescott and others 1991, Sarkar and others 2012). We're not talking about not disclosing clients personal details, we're talking their not even saying "We had one dog in 2018"! Interpretation of MAT results can be challenging. Leptospirosis, also called Weil's disease, is an infection you can get from animals. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 24(6), 1277–1282. From then on, dogs can get the leptospirosis shot annually, and it costs about $30. Raccoons, skunks, foxes, moles, squirrels, opossums and rats are considered common carriers and can excrete the bacteria periodically or even continuously for several years. It is best to have it administered in early summer so that the peak efficacy of the vaccine will occur in late summer/early fall, when the disease is most prevalent. In case of sampling outside a hospital, storage and transport conditions and time until sample processing also have an impact on PCR results due to possible disintegration of leptospiral DNA. By definition, these figures are only of infected dogs reported to APHA and there may be others that have not been reported or not diagnosed as having Lepto. In the UK, where leptospirosis vaccination is quite common, Canine Health Concern conducted a survey and found that the vaccine can also cause the disease it’s meant to prevent. The Veterinary Record, 316-319.• Troìa R, Balboni A, Zamagni S, Frigo S, Magna L, Perissinotto L & Dondi F. 2018. This variation in renal carriage and distribution of rodent species around Europe is an important contributory factor to distribution of serogroups (André-Fontaine, 2006).The significance of leptospirosis in cats, both as an asymptomatic reservoir and as a causative agent of kidney disease, is still being explored (Lapointe et al, 2013; Schuller et al, 2015). Epidemiology and Infection. and last updated 2019-10-18 16:45:43-04. Future perspectivesLeptospirosis remains an important pathogen to consider in a wide range of clinical presentations in dogs. Buenos Aires, a new Leptospira serovar of serogroup Djasiman, isolated from an aborted dog fetus in Argentina. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 6(4), 235–244. Many wild animals carry the bacteria without getting sick. Consult with your veterinary surgeon to plan the most appropriate vaccination schedule for your dog. The vaccine only protects against a few serovars. Veterinary Medicine International, 2010, 928541. https://doi.org/10.4061/2010/928541• Kohn B, Steinicke K, Arndt G, Gruber AD, Guerra B, Jansen A, Nöckler K. 2010. • In the United States, approximately 100–150 leptospirosis cases are reported annually. APHA produce quarterly and yearly reports on Non statutory zoonoses diseases. The anima… The Far East is highly represented, being a favoured destination for British tourists. Leptospirosis can be passed from animal to person or, like in Copper's case, to another animal. infectious canine hepatitis (CAV-1), bacterial infections, Immune mediated eg. • Outbreaks of leptospirosis tend to occur after heavy rainfall or flooding in endemic areas, especially areas with poor housing and sanitation conditions. This is in contrast with infection in incidental hosts, which usually results in clinical disease. What role do coagulation disorders play in the pathogenesis of leptospirosis ? All this considered, I absolutely do not give this vaccine. These tables have been created from the figures provided in APHA's FZ2100 reports since 2010. There have been no further cases of Leptospirosis reported since December. People exposed to leptospirosis may have severe symptoms or no symptoms at all. When to test for leptospirosis? Leptospirosis: a zoonotic disease of global importance. Epidemiology of leptospirosis in the UK. Prospective evaluation of rapid point-of-care tests for the diagnosis of acute leptospirosis in dogs. Veterinary Microbiology, 107(3-4), 241-248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetmic.2005.01.015• Sánchez-Vizcaíno F, Muniesa A, Singleton DA, Jones PH, Noble P J, Gaskell RM, Radford AD. 2007. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Reviewed May 2019. If possible, samples for PCR should be taken prior to initiation of antibiotic therapy. Since then, leptospirosis has remained an important disease of dogs but the importance of the Canicola serogroup has diminished while identification of disease due to other serogroups has increased. Five of the six dogs died. Journal of Tropical Medicine and International Health, 12(1), 111-122. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3156.2006.01792.x, What is the gold standard test for leptospirosis?a. Veterinary Record, 167(16), 602–605. The importance of other species, particularly livestock, role in spread of leptospirosis must also be explored. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 3(12), 757-771. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(03)00830-2• Birnbaum N, Barr SC, Center CA, Schermerhorn T, Randolph JF & Simpson KW. What is leptospirosis? Working dogs, dogs that live near wooded areas and dogs that live near farms are at an increased risk of acquiring leptospirosis; however any dog can be affected. The number of leptospirosis cases in … LPHS is recognised in human leptospirosis and has mortality rates associated with over 50% (Dolhnikoff et al, 2007). Generalized calcinosis cutis associated with probable leptospirosis in a dog. Additionally, PCR results do not provide any information on infecting serogroup (Musso & La Scola, 2013).Unfortunately, the majority of tests require external laboratory analysis, so it can take seven to 14 days to receive results. Spot, normally an active dog, was the first to visit Penn Vet. Although the bacteria leptospira has a known 230 strains worldwide, roughly only 8 actually affect dogs and cats and of those, there are two that are common in the UK. Leptospirosis a bacterial infection spread from rat urine that thrives in hot, humid climates. 1998. This does not mean that Lepto is only in the locations shown on the map. It is only protective against the serovars included in the formulation and those closely related to them. Dogs presenting with LPHS are treated with oxygen therapy (Sykes et al, 2011). Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 141, 48-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.PREVETMED.2017.04.008• Directorate VM. If your dog has an active outdoor lifestyle, including swimming they are at risk and I wouldn’t even consider is the leptospirosis vaccine necessary for your dog. This reflects higher incidence of infections with the Pomona serogroup in the US than in Europe (Sykes et al, 2011).Prior to the introduction of a bivalent vaccine in the 1960s, L. interrogans Canicola and Icterrohaemorrhagiae were the most important serogroups associated with disease in dogs. There have been several studies examining Irish dogs specifically. Leptospirosis (or Weil’s disease) is an infectious bacterial disease that’s often fatal in dogs and can affect humans too. Leptospira vaccination in dogs. However, studies have highlighted the occurrence of leptospirosis infections and/or exposure with some degree of regularity within many regions of the U.S. and parts of Canada; 1-6 a number of papers published between 1996 and 2011 highlight that leptospirosis in dogs is emerging in the U.S. These serogroups were included due to increased seroprevalence in continental Europe studies (Ellis, 2010; Klaasen & Adler, 2015; Klaasen et al, 2013; Renaud et al, 2013; Schuller et al, 2015). Leptospirosis is a prevalent disease; Penn Vet has seen 21 cases in the last six months alone.” It is recommended that the vaccine be repeated once a year. Veterinary Journal, 237, 37–42. While it’s still rare in the UK, recent reports of the disease prove it’s still one to watch out for, and it’s worth being aware of how to protect your pet and your family. Major et al, (2014) found that the presentation of hepatic dysfunction was most negatively associated with survival. The main signs are: Jaundice - because the liver becomes enlarged and damaged, yellowing of the skin and eyes can occur. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-5827.2007.00324. Journal of Small Animal Practice. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1939-1676.1992.tb00345.x• Rojas P, Monahan AM, Schuller S, Miller IS, Markey BK & Nally JE. dogs. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-5827.1998.tb03640. Apparently there is a problem with some people not being able to see this map. Prevalence of the Leptospira serovars bratislava, grippotyphosa, mozdok and pomona in French dogs. Leptospirosis, also called Weil's disease, is an infection you can get from animals. However, human cases of leptospirosis from dogs can happen, and they can be serious. Control of canine leptospirosis in Europe: time for a change? It is definitely necessary. In that survey, 100% of dogs with leptospirosis caught it just after their lepto vaccinatons. Leptospirosis can result in flu-like symptoms such as sudden fever, chills, headache, severe body aches and fatigue. It’s eye-opening in terms of how devastating this disease can be,” said Foster. Treatment. The UK pet population in 2018* is estimated at: 9.0 million dogs; 8.0 million cats; In the UK, it's estimated that 12 million (44 percent of) households have pets* with around 51 million pets owned. 2015. Pyrexiad. Goldstein et al, (2006) found dogs infected with the Pomona serogroup to have higher mortality rates. One study of dogs treated for AKI (of various aetiologies) found that 50% of dogs had permanent renal damage after discharge (Kis et al, 2012).Monitoring of biochemistry, particularly renal values and electrolytes, should be done every 24 hours while hospitalised. 1974. MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Cities across the U.S. are reporting a rise in cases of Leptospirosis in dogs. Vaccination does not generate cross protection between serogroups. ... Clinicopathologic features and outcome predictors of Leptospira interrogans Australis serogroup infection in dogs: a retrospective study of 20 cases (2001 … Irish Veterinary Journal, 65(1), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1186/2046-0481-65-8• Renaud C, Andrews S, Djelouadji Z, Lecheval S, Corrao-Revol N, Buff S, Kodjo A. What is a serogroup or serovar?Understanding leptospirosis is complex as there is an ever-changing nomenclature of the bacteria, the key terms are defined in Table 2 below. Our knowledge of circulating serogroups and their prevalence is largely based on smaller studies. There are around 50 cases of Leptospirosis each year in the UK, although some of these are acquired abroad. Although this relationship has not been examined formally in more robust veterinary studies, similar relationships between serogroup and disease severity have been acknowledged in human literature also. Download as PDF. Feline leptospirosis serosurvey from a Quebec referral hospital. Pathology and pathophysiology of pulmonary manifestations in leptospirosis. https://doi.org/10.1892/0891-6640(2006)20[489:IOISOC]2.0.CO;2• Graham EM & Taylor DJ. ECVIM Consensus statement also recommends PCR testing be done in conjunction with MAT testing (Schuller et al, 2015). If your dog has a mild case of lepto, your vet may be able to use antibiotics, a fluid drip and other medicines to help fight the disease.Sadly, if your dog becomes seriously ill with leptospirosis, you may need to consider putting them to sleep to stop them suffering.. Leptospirosis is a zoonosis caused by spiral-shaped bacteria of the genus Leptospira (also referred to as leptospires). Qjm, 105(12), 1151-1162. https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmed/hcs145• Geisen V, Stengel C, Brem S, Müller W, Greene C, & Hartmann K. 2007. Paired sampling is highly recommended as it is impossible to differentiate between post-vaccine antibodies or active or previous infections from a single elevated antibody titre (Ellis, 2010; Schuller et al, 2015) . 2015. Leptospirosis and weil’s disease in the UK. What animals spread leptospirosis? Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, 158(1-2), 26-29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetimm.2013.08.002• Klopfleisch R, Kohn B, Plog S, Weingart C, Nöckler K, Mayer-Scholl A & Gruber AD. rodents, or incidental hosts, eg. “All of these dogs were exposed in the same backyard. 2019 Leptospirosis Monthly Surveillance Report No. Although leptospirosis is more commonly reported as an acute disease it is important to highlight that it can be involved in chronic renal or hepatic disease (McCallum et al, 2018; Timoney et al, 1974). Clinicopathologic features and outcome predictors of Leptospira interrogans Australis serogroup infection in dogs: a retrospective study of 20 cases (2001-2004). There are numerous tests available and knowing when to use them is crucial to diagnosis. Retrieved from https://www.gov.uk/government/news/leptospira-vaccination-in-dogs• Dolhnikoff M, Mauad T, Bethlem EP, & Carvalho CRR. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9(6), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003866• Timoney John F, Sheahan BJ, Timoney PJ. Additionally, owners should be advised to disinfect thoroughly and avoid contact with contaminated urine while their dog is undergoing treatment (Sykes et al, 2011). In the UK, it is routinely diagnosed by serological testing via the microscopic agglutination test (Faine and others 1999), or immunofluorescent antibody test (Torten and others 1966, Appassakij and others 1995, Naigowit and others 2000). In the UK, where leptospirosis vaccination is quite common, Canine Health Concern conducted a survey and found that the vaccine can also cause the disease it’s meant to prevent. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 39(5), 231-236. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-5827.1998.tb03640.• Delaude A, Rodriguez-Campos S, Dreyfus A, Counotte MJ, Francey T, Schweighauser A, Schuller S. 2017. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, 42(3), 561-582. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cvsm.2012.01.013• Kis I, Schweighauser A & Francey T. 2012. https://doi.org/10.1136/vr.101100• Klaasen HLBM, Van der Veen M, Sutton D & Molkenboer MJCH. It is unknown as to how many cases of dogs infected with Lepto are not reported to APHA. The dosages are listed in Table 7. Canine leptospirosis-Do we have a problem? How you get leptospirosis. Leptospirosis has conventionally been thought to most commonly affect young adult, male, large-breed or hunting dogs living in rural areas. PCR b. MAT c. SNAP Leptod. In cases with severe acute kidney injury (AKI grade 4 or creatinine >440umol/L) the antimicrobial dosing interval should be increased (Schuller et al, 2015). 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