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Lepto ended up being the killer of my dog's husky best friend i remember her picking up/killing a small mole in the ground that she had digged for and 2 days later she had kidney failure from lepto. VACCINATE!
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The San Diego area is also getting hit hard by Lepto right now. So sad.
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My area has had a very mild winter and last year was warm too. Makes me nervous about insects and microorganisms.

And we always catch a few mice this time of year too. Ughhhh.
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Where we are is lots of squirrels, chipmunks, field mice and groundhogs....we vaccinate every year.
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Same here... I'm surrounded by woods so we have field mice, squirrels, occasional mole. Scary.

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Lepto vaccine generally only covers 4 strains of the bacteria. If you vaccinate, make sure you do it separate from other vaccines(and there is a booster necessary for first time vax'ing)
I know this bacteria all too well.

It hits everywhere except the desert dry climates.

San Francisco dog dies from bacteria, others at risk | abc7news.com

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We don't have problems with heart worms or lepto here, but that sounds like this could change at some point.
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Anywhere that's flooded recently is also at risk of an outbreak. It moves with flood water, and lepto outbreaks tend to occur after floods.

It's not just rodents. Raccoons and foxes peeing on a bush can spread it -- then your dog smells the bush, flicks its tongue at it, and bam! Infected. Clinics in my area see a lot of it.

FWIW, there's now a 7-in-1 that carries the 4-strain protection instead of the 2-strain - it's labeled as DAPPvL4 (instead of DAPPvL2). It used to be that you had to do the Lepto as a stand-alone to get the 4-strain version, but that seems to have changed in the last year.

After the August floods in Louisiana, the rescue changed its protocol to do a 2-shot lepto series for every, single dog in the rescue. We used to leave that up to adopters based on where they lived, but there was so much flood water, in so many places, that our vet thought we needed to change the policy due to increased disease risk, as vets were expecting a spike in cases. We also blasted out a warning to adopters and on social media after the flood reminding people to vaccinate or booster early. Lots of people did booster early if they were more than 6-months from their last one. So far, so good. *knock on wood*
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FWIW, there's now a 7-in-1 that carries the 4-strain protection instead of the 2-strain - it's labeled as DAPPvL4 (instead of DAPPvL2). It used to be that you had to do the Lepto as a stand-alone to get the 4-strain version, but that seems to have changed in the last year.
I think giving such a huge cocktail above would be hard on the immune system, and if the dog had a reaction to one of the vaccines, you'd never know which one the dog was reacting to.

I personally do separate out the Lepto vax. I do not give it to young puppies.

I wish vets would not always do the convenient thing and look at health first. Their clients trust them to to the best for their dogs, and IMO, giving that 7 way is a jolt to the system. It may not show up immediately, but after time the dogs health is compromised one way or another.

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