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Old 06-29-2011, 02:41 PM   #1
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Leptospirosis Vaccine

I need to decide about this vaccine. I do plan to take Fionn to parks, etc. but I live in the city. Is it necessary? Any advice?
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:30 PM   #2
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No, do not give your dog the Lepto vaccine. Attached is a link to Dr. Jean Dodd's vaccination schedule which many forum members follow.

I would also allow 3 weeks between the rabies vaccine and any others.

http://www.weim.net/emberweims/Vaccine.html
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Old 06-29-2011, 04:37 PM   #3
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ditto.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:49 PM   #4
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I've never even heard of this vaccine...?
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:20 PM   #5
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Lepto cause more vaccine reactions than any other vaccine and is only effective against a portion of the strains of Lepto. The best way to avoid Lepto is to keep your dog from drinking out of puddles and other small bodies of stagnant water where wild animals may have drunk. (moving water or large bodies of water like lakes are fine)

The only time where the benefits might outweigh the risks is if there is a major outbreak of Lepto in your immediate vicinity.
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:17 AM   #6
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Django had a lepto vac. when he was a puppy and it took him days to recover. he's now tittered for all vaccinations and hasn't had any in years.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:37 AM   #7
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The advice given to us from Tucker's breeder (June Hartzog of Jubo-Lee Havanese) was no to Lepto.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:20 AM   #8
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If I were you, I'd find out if it was a big problem in your area, and if so, where and how badly and go from there. Gucci had the lepto, but I got it so she could have an international health certificate to travel out of the country, not sure I would've gotten it if we didn't take her with us, probably not, but she didn't have a reaction to it, I think I had the reaction to it (panic attacking all day over it, lol)

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Old 06-30-2011, 08:28 AM   #9
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In Chicago, the Lepto vac is required if you want to go to any city dog parks. There's a $500 fine if you don't have it.

My vet was fine with not doing it but did let me know that he recently had a client get fined for exactly that.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:01 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Divaskychick View Post
In Chicago, the Lepto vac is required if you want to go to any city dog parks. There's a $500 fine if you don't have it.

My vet was fine with not doing it but did let me know that he recently had a client get fined for exactly that.
That's weird... Dogs usually catch it from wild animals, not from each other! Oh well, there's no accounting for the rationale (or lack thereof!) behind some municipal laws!
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