Veterinarians accused of prize prizes because they charge nearly $ 200 for a vaccine that can save the lives of dogs – while the RSPCA offers the shot for just $ 30
- Leptospirosis can be fatal in dogs and comes from rats and other rodents
- Veterinarians urge owners to have their pets vaccinated against the deadly disease
- Some vets give the vaccinations for free, while others charge $ 195
Veterinarians have been accused of paying out prizes by charging high fees for a vaccine that can save the lives of dogs.
There have been countless cases of leptospirosis this year in dogs from mid-west Sydney, an infection that comes from rats and can kill dogs.
While some vets offer the shots for free, others allow owners to pay as much as $ 195.
There have been six cases of leptospirosis this year in which dogs have been killed or deported due to infectious disease (file image)
Dogs can suffer from the fatal leptospirosis disease if they eat or are bitten by a rat, or consume water or soil that contains rat urine.
Since May there have been six cases in which dogs died or were forced to be put down after suffering from the terrible disease.
The major areas where the disease affects dogs are in the western suburbs of Sydney, Glebe, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst.
Some vets offer free vaccinations for dogs, including Southern Cross Vet in St Peters and Surry Hills, while the RSPCA offer the same for $ 30.
Other veterinarians are asking pet owners a considerably higher price for the two shots, such as Sydney Animals Hospitals that charge $ 195.
These vets charge the more expensive costs because dogs receive a full examination where doctors have found other problems.
Some dog owners were frustrated by the high fees, but found that they had no choice.
& # 39; The problem is that there is no standard price for vet costs, so you just pay what they tell you & # 39 ;, a pet owner told news.com.au.
Dr. Anne Fawcett of the School of Veterinary Science at Sydney University encourages all dog owners to get their pets vaccinated immediately.
Leptospirosis is related to rats and other rodents and pets that come into contact with these animals can easily fall victim to the disease (file image)
She said that rat bait is just as dangerous and that all dogs in certain areas should be let on a lead.
& # 39; We advise dog owners to have their dog on a lead in the affected areas, & # 39; said Dr. Fawcett in a statement.
What is leptospirosis?
Leptospirosis is a contagious disease that can affect humans and animals.
Symptoms include vomiting, fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and rash.
The disease can be borne by rodents, pigs and cattle, which can subsequently contaminate water or soil when they urinate.
Those exposed to waste water or animal waste, as well as outdoor activities such as camping, run a greater risk of contracting the disease.
Leptospirosis can cause renal failure and liver disease in dogs and can be fatal.
& # 39; Thousands of dogs in NSW are hit by rat bait every year and this can be fatal. & # 39;
Dr. Fawcett said owners should take their dogs to the vet immediately if they think they've eaten contaminated food.
The city of Sydney recently announced that it would double the amount of bait traps due to an estimated 500 million rodents running through the city.
Symptoms of leptospirosis in dogs can be vomiting, fever, loss of appetite and diarrhea.
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