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Is There Really Anything New About Leptospirosis in Dogs (and Cats)

Free Webinar brought to you by Hill’s Pet Nutrition USA – Clinical Series
1 Hr of RACE CE approved
Approved for 1 hour of NYSED credit

Dr Kenneth Harkin

Start Date
August 16, 2022
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Leptospirosis is often described as a neglected but emerging zoonotic disease. In this hour we will explore the natural history of leptospirosis to learn why everyone, everywhere should care and then discover some common and unexpected disease manifestations, primarily focused on dogs but with a little about cats. We will also discuss the different diagnostic tests currently available, including the microscopic agglutination test, polymerase chain reaction assay and point-of-care ELISAs. Therapy for leptospirosis is both supportive and anti-leptospiral specific, but for most veterinarians that means ampicillin and doxycycline. We’ll discuss a variety of considerations in supportive care and a surprising link to Covid. We will also discuss standard and optional antibiotic therapy and how to monitor the success of therapy (and why you should be monitoring the success of therapy). We’ll conclude with a brief discussion on prevention and dealing with the infected dog at home.

When is it?

Note: This webinar is being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lecture, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the lecture.


Kenneth R. Harkin


Dr. Harkin joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 1997 and is currently Hodes Professor and Head, Section of Medicine. Dr. Harkin instructs 4th year veterinary students in their clinical rotations through the Internal Medicine service and gives didactic lectures to 3rd year veterinary students in hepatology, neurology, and clinical hematology. He also leads weekly case discussions for students in their pre-clinical years. Dr. Harkin’s research interests have been primarily focused in the areas of infection and immunology, primarily canine leptospirosis and canine dysautonomia.

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