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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 05:13 AM
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What I wonder is if once a year is actually enough. The vaccine efficacy is strongest for only about 6 months and, even then, it does not cover all the strains
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What I wonder is if once a year is actually enough. The vaccine efficacy is strongest for only about 6 months and, even then, it does not cover all the strains
and that is one reason it is a controversial vaccination(not to mention the side effects that some dogs have, and some have died). The novibac vaccine in the UK has killed so many dogs, yet it is still on the market and vets push it.
My vet said the Pfizer one is safest in his experience. I think my dog got the Muriel manufactured one.

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 10:27 AM
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There's a "season" for lepto in the places where it's endemic. By talking with your vet, you can time your annual booster so that your dog has maximum protection in effect during peak season.


In Louisiana, I also have done an extra booster some years when we've been hit by a hurricane or other major flooding, if we're more than 6 months out from the last lepto vaccine when the disaster hits. That doesn't happen very often, luckily. It's just being realistic about how severe the risk is in those weeks and months after the floodwaters recede. It's perhaps something for people in flood-ravaged areas of the Midwest to think about (and talk with vets about) this year.
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I get lepto for my dogs as we spend a lot of time down the river where there is lots of wildlife. I did not know that some areas are harder hit than others. Is there some type of a map for these areas?
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