Both rats (and humans) with leptospirosis present flu-like symptoms. These include:
This urinary infection is caused by theLeptospira spp. bacterium, and is transmitted by the urine of an infected animal; in this case, a rat.
The veterinarian will diagnose leptospirosis by identifying theLeptospira spp. bacterium through blood and urine tests.
Because of its highly contagious nature, most veterinarians do not recommend treating rats infected with leptospirosis. Instead, euthanasia is generally suggested.
Be sure to clean and thoroughly disinfect the rat's environment.
The only way to prevent leptospirosis infection in your rat is to prevent any contact with wild rats or mice.
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