Checking up on the farm dogs

Trebilcock, Karen
September 2013
New Zealand Dairy Exporter;Sep2013, Vol. 89 Issue 2, p104
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The article discusses a study by Massey University into how dogs and other animals onfarm might be spreading leptospirosis. Veterinarian Alison Harland says diagnosis is usually based on detecting antibodies to leptospirosis in a blood sample. She adds that it is possible for cattle to shed leptospires in their urine despite having negative blood tests. The use of Polymerase Chain Reaction in identifying the presence of the leptospires in urine and blood is also cited.


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