A vaccine for doggy puddle drinkers
Last week I answered a letter from a reader whose dog enjoyed drinking out of puddles. A few vets read this and contacted me suggesting that if you have a dog that drinks from puddles, you should get it vaccinated for leptospirosis.
This organism is found in the urine of possums and raccoons and, if they have waded through or drunk from an outdoor puddle, then most likely they also urinated in it. If your dog even tastes the water from that puddle, it can pick up the disease.
The vaccine works very well and, if you have any questions, you should take up the matter with your vet.