RSPCA NSW is offering free vaccinations for leptospirosis (C2i) with every annual or triannual vaccination (C3, C4 or C5) booking at RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital until 31 August 2019.
To curb the spread of the disease RSPCA NSW is also offering proactive vaccinations for leptospirosis at a reduced fee of $30.
The C2i vaccine also covers Coronavirus. A consultation fee may be charged if a vet exam is required for additional concerns, and dogs must be in good health to be vaccinated.
Cases of leptospirosis have been reported in Sydney’s inner city and inner west suburbs; notably Surry Hills, Glebe and Darlinghurst.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection and is considered a zoonotic disease, meaning it is transmissible between animals and to humans. The bacteria (genus leptospira) favours warm, moist environments, and stagnant areas of water such as ponds.
Rats are typically responsible for the continued contamination of the environment through their infected urine and tissue.
Dogs may become infected, as incidental hosts, through contact with infected surfaces in food, water and bedding. Leptospira may penetrate the dog’s mucous membranes (gums), abrasions or broken skin. The incubation period is approximately seven days before they show symptoms.
Leptospirosis may be suspected if a dog has had any contact with rats or stagnant water and displays clinical signs of vomiting, lethargy and diarrhoea.
There is no vaccine available for cats. RSPCA NSW strongly advises that cat owners within the affected areas keep their cats contained indoors to protect their pets.