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Old 10-17-2012, 07:39 PM
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Contracting Lepto from your dog...

For those who have gone through Lepto with their dog, did you get yourself tested also? Do you know anyone who has contracted it from their dog?

I'm not sure my dog has Lepto, as it's just a posibility right now and my Vet thinks unlikely but still a maybe. I'm supposed to bring her back in 2 weeks for another blood test. When my dog was in the hosptal she peed on me and at that time no one told me she could be infectious. UGH
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:46 PM
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I do not know of anyone getting it. I had a scare once at a clinic I worked at. A dog that I had been caring for was suspected of having lepto. Me and another tech were kinda on quarantine until the test results came back. Got lucky it was not lepto. She had eaten a plant called Today yesterday tomorrow..or something like that. She did not survive.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:29 PM
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I believe it requires actual ingestion of the urine or animal that is infected. Can't swear to it.

Ah, found this: Immediate action following exposure

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For unlikely events where the chances of infection are low (such as splashes on unbroken skin), we advise you to simply wait and watch for any illness. We know this sounds stupid, but antibiotics given in the first few days of illness are very effective, and unless there is a reasonable chance they are needed, the side effects and potential for resistance outweigh the benefits.
If the risk exposure was high (immersion in contaminated water, splashes on broken skin, drinking contaminated water, etc.) then you should contact your local doctor and request a single dose of antibiotics - called a prophylactic dose, details below - which will usually prevent any illness from developing. Your doctor may also decide to take a blood sample, but they will often need to wait about 24 hours from the exposure event in order to get measurable levels of the bacteria in your blood.

What bloodwork did they do on your dog that they can't confirm lepto without a follow up in two weeks??
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Thanks so much for the info... So that's 1 dose of antibiotic?

With regard to my dog's diagnosis, they test for the antibodies I think. She was positive for one strain but they said her #'s were very low (which is good) and if she was ever vacinated for Lepto that's exactly how the labs would look. I got her from a shelter when she was about 1 years old so I don't know what she had been vacinated for. They said they need another reading in 2 weeks. If the #'s are the same it was a vacination, if they are higher it's active Lepto. (This is just how I recall the conversation so I might be a little off in the details but I know for sure that the follow up in 2 weeks will tell us if it's Lepto based on the #'s changing).

I did for sure get her urine on me when I was at the hospital with her. I didn't realize it at first. She's tiny... didn't pee a ton. At first I thought her blanket was just wet from a water bowl or something. I could have easily been exposed. I wiped the spot with a towel and washed my hands, but I had to go home to change. Could have wiped my eye or something, as I was in tears that day over my sick dog. I'm asking because I have a rash on my face... I never get a rash on my face.. and a bit of a headache... but I am stressed over this and sleep deprived so that could be the cause. I went to the doctor today. She says it's probably not related but I want to be safe. We ordered a blood test and I'm going in the morning. The good thing is from what I've read it's not trasmittable person to person, just animal to person.. unless breastfeeding or something. Not an issue for me. Probably nothing anyway.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:18 PM
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ah, yes, having been vaccinated screws with the test, so where you don't know.....I assume she's showing little clinical symptoms?

You're PROBLY fine. Read over that link though, they give a good breakdown of the symptoms you'd likely experience if you were infected. But your doc ordered bloodwork and that should confirm yes or no.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:44 PM
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Oh boy... The vet never told me to not let my dog lick my face... UGH. She licked my face every time I went to visit her in the hospital. And my rash is on my face.
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It's contracted through the urine. I've not known anyone to get it but it is contagious.
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