Leptospirosis is a severe bacterial infection carried by animals such as rodents which is easily caught from contaminated water. During wet weather when there is standing water in cane paddocks and parks, Leptospirosis organisms from the urine of infected rats can survive for many days. Dogs or people which drink the water or who have open cuts come into contact with the water can easily be infected.
Leptospirosis is carried by rats and native wildlife like native rats and bandicoots.
- There are rats in your dog's environment (eg. in the compost bin, back yard, shed etc)
- Your dog often goes into the bush, walks by cane paddocks, creeks, parks which are wet (Like Goomboora)
- Your dog lives on a farm
- You live close to a swamp, creek, hillside where rats or wildlife could get into your yard.