[ SHOWGSD-L ] Re: Lepto Vaccine

  • From: "YCHARRON" <raiseyourpaw4raw@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 15:01:55 -0500

VACCINATION REACTIONS ARE COMMON!
Vaccination options
Vaccination against Leptospira interrogans is only available for the serovars 
called canicola, grippotyphosa, pomona and icterohaemorragiae..  As a result of 
long standing use of this vaccine, it is hard to assess how important it is to 
vaccinate against leptospirosis. (As you might imagine, most recent outbreaks 
involve serovars for which vaccination does not exist.)

Vaccination against the four serovars mentioned is commonly included in the 
basic distemper shot (DHLPP - the "L" stands for "leptospirosis").  The vaccine 
can be made up to omit the leptospirosis portion. Of all the sera in this basic 
vaccine, it seems to be the leptospirosis portion that is associated with 
hives, facial swelling, and even life-threatening vaccination reactions much 
more than any of the other fractions. If there is any question of an animal 
having a vaccine reaction, leptospirosis vaccine is left out of the mix.

Vaccination will reduce the severity of disease but will not prevent infected 
dogs from becoming carriers.



Yvette

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