RSPCA NSW free leptospirosis vaccine offer

Vaccinate your dog against leptospirosis at RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital.

RSPCA NSW is offering free vaccinations for leptospirosis (C2i) with every annual or triennial vaccination (C3, C4 or C5) booking at RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital from 27 July to 31 August 2019.

To curb the spread of the disease RSPCA NSW is also offering proactive vaccinations for leptospirosis with a consult at RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital for a reduced fee of $30.

The C2i vaccine also covers coronavirus. A consultation fee may be charged if a vet exam is required for additional concerns. Dogs must be in good health to be vaccinated.

Cases of leptospirosis have been reported in Sydney’s inner city and inner west suburbs; notably Surry Hills, Glebe and Darlinghurst.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection and is considered a zoonotic disease, meaning it is transmissible between animals and to humans. The bacteria (genus leptospira) favours warm, moist environments, and stagnant areas of water such as ponds.

Rats are typically responsible for the continued contamination of the environment through their infected urine and tissue.

Dogs may become infected, as incidental hosts, through contact with infected surfaces in food, water and bedding. Leptospira may penetrate the dog’s mucous membranes (gums), abrasions or broken skin. The incubation period is approximately seven days before symptoms appear.

Leptospirosis may be suspected if your dog has had any contact with rats or stagnant water and displays clinical signs of vomiting, lethargy and diarrhoea.

There is no vaccine available for cats. RSPCA NSW strongly advises that cat owners within the affected areas keep their cats contained indoors to protect their pets.

Please seek immediate veterinary attention should any of your pets present the above signs, as the disease is fatal if left untreated.

Bookings are compulsory. Contact RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital on (02) 9770 7575.

Please click here for FAQs about leptospirosis on our website.

For more information or an interview with an RSPCA NSW spokesperson, please contact RSPCA NSW Media on 0488 905 353 or media@rspcansw.org.au