In the past two years I have increased the immunization levels in my dogs, specifically for two known problems. First started a few years ago where there was a known Canine Influenza out break in northern Illinois. Due to the location of the Morine View rally up in the Bloomington Illinois area and the large number of dogs we have at that campground, I decided to immunize my dogs.
The new concern that my vet brought to me was Leptospirosis which in 80% of the cases, involves serious, short term kidney problems. They have talked about this to me before regarding one of the means of contracting by swimming in or drinking contaminated water. I have always kept my dogs away from this. So I felt there was little risk for my dogs. Now she raised the risk factor this year by noting that infected animals shed leptospires via urine. Dogs in the higher risk areas include rural, suburban and city areas. The city area exposure level can be rodent urine in puddles. Suburban area exposure for dogs living near water or wild life. Rural exposure is working, hunting, and herding dogs. She strongly encouraged me to rethink the need, and now in my area of the suburbs here in St. Louis, we are now seeing nightly visits to our yards from roaming deer. Even fences are not stopping them since the deer are easily jumping them. With an outdoor motion sensing camera's in my household I'm surprised at the number of deer visits we are now experiencing.
So for the good of your dogs you may want to investigate the risk factor for your camping buddies. My picture I have attached is across the street from my home in the middle of the day. I came home the other night and we had 3 does and the mom grazing in my front yard. And they just looked at me as I walked in the front door, less than 50 feet from me.
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