By Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, MSc Vet Ed, MRCVS, DACVIM-SAIM, DECVIM-CA, DABVP-feline
(Part 1 covered leptospirosis clinical presentations, diagnostic findings, and establishing a diagnosis; including images. Part 2 continues with treatment options.—Ed.)
Treatments for leptospirosis
Antibacterial therapy. Surprisingly, several studies have failed to demonstrate improved outcomes in people with leptospirosis treated with antibiotics versus those receiving a placebo; this is likely a reflection of the impact of the host immune response on the clinical manifestations and consequences of infection.20 Despite a dearth of hard evidence, antibiotics are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). From the veterinary perspective, expert opinion supports empirical administration of an appropriate antibiotic in a canine p...
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