When it comes to rat infestations, you might worry about your food supplies. However, NJ veterinarians are warning pet owners about another risk from these rodents. You might need professional pest control in Monmouth County to keep your dog safe from leptospirosis.
Leptospirosis is a potentially fatal disease that rats can spread to dogs through their urine. This illness, which is also called swamp fever or mud fever, occurs when dogs ingest a certain type of bacteria found in rat urine. Since this urine can end up in puddles of water and other water sources, dogs are in danger of getting this illness if they lap up or drink water outdoors.
In fact, several dogs have died from leptospirosis in northern NJ and a others have become ill with this disease. Leptospirosis can also infect humans who are exposed to this bacteria.
Keeping Your Pets Safe
How can you reduce your pet’s risk of getting this disease? Don’t let dogs lap up any water you come across outdoors in your yard or out on walks. You should also take steps to prevent rat infestations on your property, such as closing up holes and other entry points and eliminating food and water sources for rats.
If your home or property has a rat infestation, contact Allison Pest Control. We provide reliable pest control in Monmouth County for rats and other rodents.