Hurricane Dorian Sends Warning Signs To Pet Owners


Do not buy pet insurance until you read this…

Hurricane Dorian gave southeast US residents a scare after delivering bad damage to the Bahamas. Gas stations, grocery and medical stores were flooded with people buying supplies for five days before the storm tracked down Florida. Thankfully, Florida wasn't hit.  It only takes a minute to realize how bad the impacts in the Bahamas really are, and will continue to be for years to come. 

With Dorian came flooding waters into urban and rural areas. Once clean water became hard to find and people started to evacuate their homes, they and their pets had to go outside and face the wrath of Dorian. 

The immediate realities were shocking, but will continue to haunt the people of the Bahamas forever.

Pets that powered through deadly waters and awful terrain are brave, but are already showing signs of kidney and liver problems. The sudden spike in organ treatment could be caused by leptospirosis, better known as Lepto. 

Bahamians struggling to recover now face this harsh infection with their pets. The American Kennel Society says Lepto spreads through water infected with urine from wildlife. Puddles, ponds, and other wet areas are hot spots, too.1

Lepto is often reported after natural disasters where lots of standing water serve as a source of contamination.If Hurricane Dorian stuck to its original path, Florida residents and millions of others across the southeast US would have been in great danger. 

Residents across the southeast are buying pet insurance to prepare for the next storms. But realize hurricanes are not the only thing that brings still water. You can find Leptospira bacteria in puddles, ponds, and other still waters infected by wildlife. Such are most definitely common in areas harmed by snowfall too!

It is difficult to determine if your pet has a Lepto infection at first. Signs of tiredness, anorexia, throwing up, stomach pain, unusual thirst and urination usually happen after your pet's kidney or liver stop working right.1 If your pet starts to display any of the above problems, call your vet as soon as you can for help. 

Pet Insurance can reduce the cost of antibiotics needed for treatment. But if Lepto isn’t caught early enough, liver and kidney problems are very likely. See Spot Pet coverage to learn how you can protect your pet from accidents, illnesses, and chronic conditions that may be because of Leptospirosis.

Lepto Hot Spots: Where are they?

The Ohio State University set out to answer this with funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Their findings were presented recently at the 2019 AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health Conference.1 They studied forty-thousand results from 2009-2018 in both the US and CAN. 

So what did they find out? Canines most susceptible to Lepto are: 

  • Male dogs under the age of five
  • In dry areas prone to rainfall in the Midwest and Southwest
  • In areas with high rainfall and moist conditions1

Leptospira bacteria tend to develop most during the fall season due to wet weather patterns observed. Help protect your pet with a vaccine ahead of time and don’t get caught up in what is and what is not a pre-existing condition. Spot Pet Insurance has you covered. 

Summer is finally on its way out, and the cool weather is moving in! With the pleasant weather comes the wet season. The Ohio State University study determined the fall season is when your pet is most prone to contracting a Leptospirosis. There is no better time to begin reviewing your coverage options for your furry buddy! 

Fall brings hurricane rains for many, and even snow for others. But one thing is certain - it’s going to be wet until summer again next year…

Its 100% FREE to review your quote today, and it only takes a minute. 

One minute can save you from what thousands of Bahamian’s are stricken with now. 

It only takes 4-12 days for an affected pet to exhibit symptoms of Leptospirosis. Your pet may be showing signs of a Lepto infection if they appear tired, are eating less, spike a sudden fever, begin to throw up, or drink a lot of water and urinate more frequently. Should this happen to your pet, consult your local vet immediately.

If your pet has jaundice, they may already be suffering from liver or kidney problems.2

Don’t put yourself in a spot where you are forced to decide between your wallet and pet. Understand your options and review them ahead of time. 

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