There have been reported cases of Leptosporosis here in Tucson recently. We have not had any cases at our boarding kennel but to be on the safe side we will be closing down our two fields for two weeks, and until it gets hotter. Leptosporosis is a zoonotic bacterial disease that is spread through infected urine. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and lethargy, in the mild cases. If left too long it can cause renal failure and liver damage. Leptosporosis is easy to eliminate through regular means of disinfecting and the extreme heat will also rid an area of it.
We are not requiring that dogs boarding with us get the vaccine, at this time, but we highly recommend it, to keep your pups safe. We also recommend you keep your dogs out of high traffic areas, such as dog parks, until it gets warm enough that Leptosporosis is no longer a threat. We are able to keep all dogs separated and out of contact with each other for the time being but if cases persist, it may be added to our required vaccinations to board. Our team disinfects each run, inside and out, every time a dog goes home and before a new dog enters and the highly effective disinfectants we use will eliminate bacterial threats. We do our best to make sure your pets’ stay here is a happy and safe one and we will redouble all efforts during this time. This means your dogs will not be getting their usual play time on our fields but they still have plenty of room to get exercise in their runs and we feel it is in every dogs’ best interest. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us!