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My 10 month old havanese and 6 year old yorkie did not get the lepto vaccine based on the breeders advice and they picked up lepto on a walk in our gated community. We have the usual outdoor critters around here. The symptoms of the infection are very vague and by the time you catch it, it might be too late. My yorkie died in 3 days after being treated in speciality hospitals, we even tried a session of dialysis to save him. The havanese is sick and may not live because the lepto further damaged malformed kidneys he was apparently born with. He was in hospital for 5 days. The vet bills are enormous and the dogs suffered very much. We also had to get tested because lepto is contagious to humans.
Havanese can have a reaction to the vaccine like becoming lethargic and down, vets say to space out vaccines and pre medicate with benadryl. Lepto can be picked up anywhere from an infected animal that urinates outside. There are no safe zones. We are devastated by this disease.