Potentially deadly disease can be transferred from dogs to humans

Veterinarians are urging dog owners to make sure their pets are vaccinated against a potentially deadly disease that can be transferred to humans.

Researchers at the University of Florida say they’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of Leptospirosis¬†cases in dogs.

It’s a dangerous bacterial infection that can cause kidney and liver failure as well as death.

Dogs can get the infection by sniffing an infected animal’s urine or tasting their drinking water.

Rats are the most common carriers but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says raccoons and cattle can also pass along the disease.

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