2. What Occurs After a Dog is Infected with Leptospirosis?

After Leptospira have entered a dog's body, the bacteria multiply in the bloodstream and move into the body's tissues. The bacteria mainly settle in the liver and kidneys. Once there, the bacteria damages to these organs. Approximately eight to 10 days after infection, a dog's body produces an antibody that quickly clears much of the bacteria out of the dog's system.

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