Yesterday, Oct 18, a collin veterinarian announces and warns pet owners about this rare disease after he confirmed two cases that left two dogs dead. It’s alarming to know that it may kill more!
According to Dr. Shawn Messonier of the Paws and Claws Clinic Plano, the dogs had contracted leptospurosis which is a bacterial disease that can affect bothe animals and humans.
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A Collin County veterinarian is warning pet owners about a rare disease after he confirmed two cases that left two dogs dead.
Dr. Shawn Messonier, of Paws and Claws Animal Clinic in Plano, said the dogs had contracted leptospirosis, which is a bacterial disease that can affect both animals and humans.
“We actually did autopsies on them and they had leptospirosis bacteria all throughout their liver and kidneys,” Messonier said. “The bad news is because the owner waited too long to bring them in, the infection was already too severe and we weren’t able to save them.”
Messonier said he is currently awaiting test results on two other dogs that could possibly have the disease.
One of those dogs is “Puggles,” a 10-year-old pug owned by Willie Meyers. Meyers said the dog came to her with a dead rat in her mouth.
“I’m a nervous wreck. She’s my baby,” Meyers said. “I’m hoping it’s OK. If it isn’t OK, it’s early enough that hopefully she can be successfully treated.”
Messonier advises pet owners to have a blood test done if they believe their animal is at risk.
Symptoms can include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea.
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