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LEPTOSPIROSIS: November 9, 2018 From Dr. Smith-
As has been reported in the media, there has been a confirmed case of Leptospirosis in a local Sooke dog.
Many of you might be concerned about the risk of exposure to your dogs. Over the last 20 years of practicing veterinary medicine, I have had two confirmed cases of Leptospirosis, and both of these dogs did fully recover.

There is a vaccination for Leptospirosis, however, I am not recommending that my clients vaccinate their dogs at this time. There are many types of Leptospirosis bacterium, and the vaccine only covers four of them. ( The type that caused the unfortunate incident in Sooke has not been identified) The vaccine also can cause significant reactions in some dogs. So, in my opinion, the risks of vaccinating dogs for Leptospirosis outweigh the potential benefits in preventing this rare disease.

Please read the following information written by Dr. Jean Dodds whose expertise I rely heavily upon in my research. If you have further questions after reading this article, please give us a call.

Dr. Smith would also like to bring these two current safety concerns to the attention of all dog owners!

STREET DRUGS: Due to the alarming increase in incidents of accidental exposure to recreational drugs, we strongly recommend to our clients the use of either a basket muzzle or an Outfox field guard on their dogs if free roaming in public parks or areas. We advise particular caution when visiting the downtown core areas. Please refer to the following websites for more information:

XYLITOL: Please be aware of the ingredient Xylitol which is being put into many foodstuffs, including peanut butter. It is very toxic to dogs and even in very small amounts can be deadly. Check your labels! For more information see:





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