Veterinary\u00a0charity PDSA \u00a0has advised owners to make sure their pets\u2019 vaccinations are up to date. The announcement follows a confirmed case of leptospirosis \u2013 a highly contagious and potentially fatal infection.\r\n\r\nFiona Gregge, senior vet at Aberdeen PDSA Pet Hospital, said: \u201cLeptospirosis is quite rare; the bacteria are spread through the urine of an infected animal, often rats. But flooding can increase the risk of contracting the disease, which causes symptoms including vomiting, jaundice, lethargy, fever and organ failure \u2013 even with treatment it is often fatal.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe dog that had contracted leptospirosis received intensive treatment, but sadly died despite the best efforts of the vets and nurses at Aberdeen PDSA.\r\n\r\nLeptospirosis is also zoonotic, which means it can be passed from animals to humans, although the chances of this happening are very small.\r\n\r\nFiona continued: \u201cIt\u2019s incredibly sad to see a pet suffering like that, especially when a quick vaccination or booster could have prevented this. I\u2019d advise all owners to make sure their pets\u2019 vaccinations are up to date, but particularly those in areas that have experienced flooding in recent months. Leptospirosis usually requires an annual booster, but check with your vet if you\u2019re not sure.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor more information about vaccinations go to the PDSA\u2019s website\u00a0www.pdsa.org.uk\/pethealth.