leptospirosis http://michiganradio.org en Fatal bacterial disease claiming pet dogs in metro Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/fatal-bacterial-disease-claiming-pet-dogs-metro-detroit <p>A disease that can quickly kill dogs has resurfaced in metro Detroit after almost 40 years.</p><p>It&rsquo;s called leptospirosis.</p><p>The bacterial disease is spread by rats, and from dog to dog. It can also infect humans.</p><p>Dr. Carole Bolin is a professor at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.</p><p>She said the onset of symptoms in dogs can be very sudden.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The inside of their mouth may be yellow-tinged, and they may be severely vomiting, and obviously very, very ill,&quot;</em> Bolin said.<em> &quot;And those animals, when taken to the veterinarian, have very severe abnormalities which are consistent with liver and kidney failure.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Bolin said more than 20 cases of leptospirosis have been reported in Detroit-area dogs in the past three weeks. Most were pets and most had to be euthanized.</p><p>A vaccine is available to prevent the disease. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:49:15 +0000 Rina Miller 4735 at http://michiganradio.org Fatal bacterial disease claiming pet dogs in metro Detroit