New Leptospirosis Brochure

We’re always trying to make sure that our members and their clients have at their fingertips all the information they need about general animal-health topics and specific diseases. While we think we do a pretty good job of it most of the time, you often help remind us of what we may be missing. 

Case in point: Our newest client brochure on leptospirosis is a direct result of member requests for more client information on the disease. So hats off to you for the suggestion. And while we’re at it, we also have to thank the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine for their invaluable support and expertise in helping us draft and refine the brochure’s content. We couldn’t have done it without them. 

Hot off the presses and available in both English and Spanish through the AVMA Store for purchase or download, “Leptospirosis in Dogs and Cats” is a reader-friendly resource covering everything from where the disease can be found and which animals are at risk, to how it’s prevented, diagnosed and treated. 

We all know how dangerous lepto can be and how vulnerable dogs are to the disease if they aren’t vaccinated against it. We’re also keenly aware that it’s a zoonotic disease that can make pet owners pretty sick too. That’s why it’s a big part of our job to make sure that pet owners are up to speed. This brochure, along with dozens of others we produce, can help you make sure that your clients have the information they need.

2 thoughts on “New Leptospirosis Brochure

  1. @Paul G. Lillard
    Thanks, Dr. Lillard, for your comment. We are certainly aware of the need to increase awareness of zoonotic diseases, especially those that are occupational hazards. Sorry to hear that you’ve been adversely affected by more than one of them. Bartonella is another one that’s of great concern. We’ve developed some materials and we’re developing others that we hope will help, but I’d love to hear any ideas you’d like to suggest.
    The AVMA-GHLIT hosts a Wellness Center at the AVMA Convention each year, and there have been some studies conducted at the AVMA Convention and other major veterinary conventions to determine prevalence rates of diseases such as lepto, MRSA and others. It’s my understanding, though, that those studies were performed by researchers, and they had gotten permission to do their studies at the convention(s).

  2. I would like to suggest that the
    AVMA place more emphasis on the zoonotic diseases that show up in humans. I am afraid many younger veterinarians are not aware of the risks. I am a mixed animal practitioner since 1964. I have had brucellosis, leptospirosis, and have had chronic Q-fever for the last 6 years–with no end in sight. It is my belief that many veterinarians may have this disease, along with many of their clients, such as farmers and ranchers. Our meetings would be a wonderful place to test for this. Believe me it is a life-changing disease in its chronic form. Many human doctors will not test for it, do not know anything about it, and don’t know how to treat it. Please put a bug in the appropriate ear. Thanks.

    Dr. Paul Lillard