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Everything I've read says that havanese shouldn't be given Lepto vaccines my breeder also warned against it. The vet we saw for our puppy exam wants Manny to take it even though she admitted that her colleagues disagree with her giving the shot. Her reasoning is that "A" dog died from Lepto last year so it's out there. Any thoughts or opinions from members or their vets? I'm really thinking I'm not going to let her give it to him.
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Everything I've read says that havanese shouldn't be given Lepto vaccines my breeder also warned against it. The vet we saw for our puppy exam wants Manny to take it even though she admitted that her colleagues disagree with her giving the shot. Her reasoning is that "A" dog died from Lepto last year so it's out there. Any thoughts or opinions from members or their vets? I'm really thinking I'm not going to let her give it to him.
As Dave said, it's a personal choice but DO NOT be pushed into it by your vet. Do your own research before making the decision.

1. The Lepto vaccine only covers a few of MANY forms of Lepto, so it DOESN'T keep your dog completely (or close to completely) safe.

2. Lepto is one of the worst vaccines in terms of adverse side effect profiles.

3. Lepto is VERY treatable if you are a careful owner, watch your dog, and bring them in to the vet EARLY if you think they may be sick.

Lepto is a REAL danger in many places. The best way to to protect your dog is to NEVER let them drink out of standing water. I ALWAYS carry a water bottle for Kodi on walks. If there are a lot of puddles, he stays on leash.

So my choice, for my dog is to not give Lepto. I wouldn't give Lyme either, for similar reasons.


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As Dave said, it's a personal choice but DO NOT be pushed into it by your vet. Do your own research before making the decision.

1. The Lepto vaccine only covers a few of MANY forms of Lepto, so it DOESN'T keep your dog completely (or close to completely) safe.

2. Lepto is one of the worst vaccines in terms of adverse side effect profiles.

3. Lepto is VERY treatable if you are a careful owner, watch your dog, and bring them in to the vet EARLY if you think they may be sick.

Lepto is a REAL danger in many places. The best way to to protect your dog is to NEVER let them drink out of standing water. I ALWAYS carry a water bottle for Kodi on walks. If there are a lot of puddles, he stays on leash.

So my choice, for my dog is to not give Lepto. I wouldn't give Lyme either, for similar reasons.


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Ever since Django got sick we always titer him for ALL vaccinations including rabies. Thank goodness he hasn't had any in 7 years. They would always knock him down for days when he had them and of course, every side effect that was mentioned, he would get.
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My vet does not give that vaccines. In fact, I don't give anything besides Rabies unless they need the vaccine. If I test their blood and they have the antibodies for distemper and parvo, I wait 3 years and test them again.

My vet said if you are the kind of person who brings your dog to the vet at the first sign of trouble, don't bother with Lepto…

As I said in other threads, Scudder went to the vet for a broken nail….LOL So you know where I stand!!





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Every vet I know of in the DC metro area recommends the vaccine for all dogs. The vaccine has been improved in recent years so it covers more strains and has less reactions. The lab vets used to have to get it from (and still can if they want) has a bad cleanliness reputation. There are lots of deaths from the disease in the area and some vaccine reactions. I chose not to get it, but it's not a decision to make based just off what some people on the internet say. Definitely talk to as many vets in your area as you need. Especially the emergency 24/hr kind because they are more likely to be involved in these cases.


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I chose not to get it, but it's not a decision to make based just off what some people on the internet say. Definitely talk to as many vets in your area as you need.
That's kind of what I said too. Do your research and make an INFORMED decision. There's no right or wrong answer with this one. If I had a Lab that I couldn't keep out of the swamp, I might very ell choose to give it.


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Thanks everyone for your comments. I've done a little research in the past for the pug because my vet wouldn't give it to him. I'm curious about what the other vets she works with feel about it. I will check with some other vets before I decide.

Karen, I took the water thing into consideration. I live on a creek but I don't plan on taking Manny anywhere near it. We have lots of snakes and other critters around my house. We also have a lot of raccoons which I understand are carriers. I'm still up in the air about what to do.
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