Hidden diseases that could kill your dog

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Leptospirosis - This growing bacterial disease is typically passed on through contact with contaminated water, particularly in woodland areas.

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Leptospirosis - The infection is carried by animals, such as raccoons, and spreads through their urine.

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Leptospirosis - Signs of a lepto infection include fever, shivering, excessive urination, and muscle stiffness.

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Kennel Cough - This highly contagious respiratory infection spreads rapidly in close and confined environments.

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Kennel Cough - The infection is normally limited to an inflammation similar to bronchitis, with a loud and persistent cough that can be easily treated.

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Kennel Cough - In severe cases, a dog may suffer from complications such as pneumonia, which can be fatal.

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Lyme Disease - This well-known disease is transmitted through ticks.

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Lyme Disease - While some dogs may not present with symptoms, others may experience inflammation of the joints and recurring lameness.

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Lyme Disease - In serious cases, kidney failure and nervous system disruption can occur.

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Heartworm - This parasitic roundworm spreads through mosquito bites.

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Heartworm - Symptoms increase in severity over time, starting with a decreased appetite and fatigue and advancing to a swollen abdomen and labored breathing.

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Heartworm - Advanced stages bring about severe lung disease, blood vessel blockage, and eventually, cardiovascular collapse. 

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Blastomycosis - This fungal infection primarily targets the lungs before spreading to other bodily tissues.

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Blastomycosis - Commonly found in acidic soil near bodies of water, the infection can cause blindness, coughing, enlarged lymph nodes, and respiratory problems.

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