GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Due to the high amounts of rain the past couple of months, cases of a deadly bacteria killing dogs are on the rise across Eastern North Carolina. Veterinarians are warning owners of Lepto, a bacterial infection spread through contact with urine from wild animals. Many dogs have contracted the disease and some have died but there is a vaccine available.
“Unfortunately, unless you can keep them out of every puddle and keep them from drinking and licking their feet, there’s no way to completely eliminate exposure so protection is the most important thing,” said Doctor Anne Eldridge with Pitt County Animal Hospital.
In the last week, at least, one dog in Greenville has died from what Eldridge suspects is Lepto. In Wilmington, more than eight dogs have died from the bacterial infection, which causes organ failure. If you suspect your dog may have had contact with the disease, contact your veterinarian immediately. Also, be aware the humans are susceptible to the disease as well.