ST. JOSEPH, Mo., June 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) announces LeptoInfo.com has been updated to include new information on the spread of canine leptospirosis (lepto) in the United States and how pet owners can help lower the risks for their dogs.
The website will be available for pet owners on June 1, 2012 in time for late spring and warmer weather when exposure to lepto increases due to higher humidity and rainfall, being outside more and added exposure to wildlife areas when hiking, camping, boating and swimming in parks and recreational areas.
"The updated website has a new look and feel, easy navigation and some great new information and tools. The website offers pet owners timely and important tips about how to assess their dogs' risk factors for lepto, as well as how to protect our pets against this serious and sometimes life-threatening disease," says Mark R. Kimsey, DVM, BIVI Senior Brand Manager, Canine Biologicals.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects dogs, other animal species and humans, and is an increasing concern in rural, suburban and urban areas where growing populations of raccoons, skunks, rodents and other wildlife animals are infected. The disease is indirectly spread by contact with water contaminated with urine from an infected animal, or it can be transmitted directly from dog to dog.
"Dog owners need to know that lepto is no longer only a disease of hunting dogs even small dogs can get lepto just by going outside in their own back yards where wildlife has been or stepping in an infected puddle while on a walk," says Kimsey. "The good news is lepto vaccines are available to help protect against lepto disease."
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