Leptospirosis

Recently, dog deaths have been linked to Garfield Park in Tacoma, and there have been concerns of Leptospirosis. Here is what we know so far from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department:

• The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is working with Tacoma Parks and has verified that lab testing thus far has shown no Leptospirosis among these dogs. Final results will not be available until next week. Leptospirosis is a not very common in animals, including dogs, but if you are concerned about this and other animal illnesses, be sure your pets are fully vaccinated. If you have questions about this and other animal illnesses, please contact your veterinarian.
 
• One step you can take to reduce the transmission of common animal illnesses is to ensure your pets are fully vaccinated and to make sure you control rodents in and around your home. Rodents are common carriers of animal diseases.
 
• They do not know what caused these dogs to die. Many factors can cause the symptoms the animals experienced, and without laboratory test results, we will not know why these dogs died. Veterinarians are required to report confirmation of certain diseases to the Department of Agriculture. There are no confirmed cases of Leptospirosis at this time.