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City of Casa Grande warning of possible leptospirosis exposure at dog park

Posted at 2:48 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 17:49:37-04

CASA GRANDE, AZ — The City of Casa Grande is warning residents about a possible exposure to leptospirosis at a dog park.

The city says the potential for exposure happened at “A Leash on Life Dog Park” at 2525 N Pinal Avenue in Casa Grande.

Signs of leptospirosis in dogs may include fever, shivering, muscle tenderness, reluctance to move, increased thirst, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

“While we routinely clean hard surfaces at the dog park, you cannot sterilize dirt and grass which is where exposure is most likely to take place,” said Community Services Director Steve Hardesty. “We recommend that pet owners talk with their veterinarian about vaccinating their dog for leptospirosis before using dog parks or taking them to other areas where a large number of dogs may be present.”

The AVMA says vaccines effectively prevent leptospirosis and protect dogs for at least 12 months. The AVMA recommends an annual vaccination for at-risk dogs. Reducing your dog’s exposure to possible sources of the leptospirosis bacteria can also reduce chances of infection.

Anyone with any concern about their pet should immediately contact their veterinarian.