By Jessica Flores

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Rain could be to blame for a deadly bacteria killing Bay Area dogs.

In San Francisco, two pets in the city have already died from the disease.

The dog-killing bacteria is hidden in puddles and ponds.

Jen Nishio, a San Francisco dog owner said, “It’s very shocking and it’s one of those things you don’t think about.”

It’s called leptospirosis and it lives in stagnant water, only made worse with the recent storms.

And wildlife, such as rodents, can carry and spread the bacteria.

Staci Goussev with VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists said, “So every time they urinate that urine gets released into the environment. And with all the rain, it’s getting washed into puddles, lakes, streams and ponds. And that’s how dogs are being exposed to it.”

Goussev said they’ve already seen five cases in the last two months. That’s more than they typically seen in an entire year.

“Most typically, the signs commonly we will see first will be decrease in appetite to complete anorexia, vomiting, some dogs will actually show a yellow tinge to their mucus membranes or skin.”

She says pet owners can minimize exposure by avoiding taking dogs to wet marshy areas.

And there’s also a vaccine, which 4-year old Oscar already got.

Dog owner Megan Moser said, “I thought my dog could potentially come in contact and it could be life threatening…so that was kind of my decision, lifestyle and the fact that rainy seasons will kind of make it more prevalent.”

For many dogs, the disease is treatable, but getting an infected pet to the vet early, is key. Infected pets usually show signs about seven days after exposure.

Goussev said, “With more wet weather on the way, we will probably see more cases as spring progresses.”

Comments (2)
  1. THERE ARE VACCINES FOR LEPTOSPIROSIS! If your dog likes to play in puddlles or ditches like my dog does,get the vaccine !!!

  2. Greg Gadfly says:

    Corrupt Department of Justice employees are the real dog killing viruses.

    This is for Kirby…

    A corrupt California DEA poisoned my dog to death because I called the San Francisco Attorney General’s office to complain that the FBI and DEA where fabricating evidence and stealing from me. From the time I noticed something was wrong to the time he died at the vet, it took about 30 hours for my dog to die. Kirby suffered tremendously.

    The FBI and DEA are smelly piles of dog s**t.

    Will those people that poison defenseless pets also poison humans? YES.
    Time to leak this…

    Many years ago when I was writing software for the NSA and DIA there was a rumor that several DEA employees had been giving their drug addicted informants and suspects needles tainted with HIV and Hepatitis viruses.

    According to what was discovered, DEA agents had been stopping drug addicted informants and suspects who they knew were HIV positive and taking their drugs and needles and giving them to other drug addicted informants and suspects.

    Audio confirmation of Department of Justice employees joking about committing crimes came from the warrant less wiretapping after 9/11. After 9/11 the NSA was ordered to and began data collection on local, state and federal police agencies.

    These days the DEA is not much more than a proxy force for the Defense Intelligence Agency.The Defense Intelligence agency oversaw and instructed on the use of torture at Abu Graib.

    There are multiple instances of other crimes, but this is the most egregious. Another one , involved using gang members to break into their suspect’s homes and steal items and plant evidence.

    Do you know that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before leaving office dissolved the California BNE (Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement) for the same reasons that plague the DEA…. ineffectual, rampant corruption, etc…

    The decision was supported by many respected law makers/enforcers in California including Kamala Harris, the then California Attorney General.

    The BNE was California’s DEA clone.

    Another leak…

    It was about two weeks after the Waco Texas siege, I was at a software conference and a group of our software “users” said they had heard that the Department of Justice had requested the use of incendiary rounds for Waco.

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