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Friday, December 12, 2008
Solution for case 6
Tentative diagnosis: Leptospirosis; Clinical signs with history of exposure to contaminated urine suggest leptospirosis.
Differential diagnosis:
  • Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia
  • Infectious canine hepatitis virus
  • Canine herpesvirus
  • Hepatic neoplasia
  • Trauma/bacteremia
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Renal neoplasia/renal calculi
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that can cause renal azotemia as the bacteria cause damage to the renal tubules decreasing the capacity of the kidneys to excrete urea. Also Creatinine levels could be high if the glomerular filtration rate of the kidney decreases in a renal failure. Usually dogs with subacute Leptospirosis will present azotemia, high liver enzymes (AP more high than ALT), icterus, dehydrated, mild anemic (Leptospirosis damaging RBC walls and endothelium) and 20% of dog with thrombocytopenia do to vasculitis. High liver enzymes are also observed in dogs with leptospirosis. All these signs make this patient a suspect of subacute leptospirosis. Also clinical signs and history of “rats around the environment” increase the suspicion of leptospirosis.
Urinary tract obstruction, a post renal condition (frequently in male dogs) can also increase BUN/Creatinine levels but usually clinical signs as hematuria and urinary incontinence will be seen in the dog. This was not in this case, as he was urinating with no signs of hematuria and no urinary incontinence.
Further diagnostic tests:
  • Leptospira isolated from blood and urine after 7-10 days of infection 
  • 2 weeks after infection use liquid culture to growth
  • Dark field microscopic, FA, Silver impregnation technique for tissue (Kidney, liver, lung) with the organism
  • Serology
  • Microscopic agglutination test
  • Not good if the dog was previously vaccinated, or infected or had passive immunity
  • ELISA (anti-lepto-antibodies), DNA probes, PCR
  • Supportive therapy (IV fluids) and antibiotics
  • Ampicillin: Leptospiremia
  • Dosage 5-10 mg/Kg IV, IM, SQ BID
  • Ampicillin 300 mg à 0.3 ml SQ BID
  • Doxycycline: eliminate renal carrier state
  • Dosage 5-10 mg/kg PO, SID
  • Doxycycline (100mg)tablets BID
  • Should be given for 1 month
  • Vaccination at yearly intervals and more often in enzootic areas
  • Be aware of new vaccines for Leptospirosis that induce immunity for new serovars
Be concern that it is a Zoonotic disease!!
  • Owner of the pet should be oriented about how to manage the dog and give the complete dose of antibiotics to eliminate the carrier stage
  • Clean the cage with bleach or diluted iodine
If the dog does not recover after the treatment further diagnostic test should be performed as kidney and/or liver biopsy, ultrasound, and x-rays.


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