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Old 02-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pipper got his lepto vaccine today. The vet said that most people in our area do get the vaccine but now I'm reading stuff I don't like. I should never come home and look stuff up on the internet because now I'm all paranoid that something bad is going to happen to him. I'm such a worry wart. How many of you guys DO get this vaccine and if he was going to have a reaction, how soon would it happen. He had the shot 3 hrs ago. It was just lepto he got today.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Steve recently had his annual shots, but we postponed the Lepto vaccine so he didn't get them all at once. I emailed a college friend of mine who is a vet and asked for her opinion on the vaccine. She said vaccine reactions are extremely rare and she goes over the risks with her patients. Here was her response:

"I discuss risk with my owners when deciding to give the lepto vacc. It's a disease spread by wildlife into stagnant water sources. So, if you have a lot of wildlife in your yard or standing water, or if they're around those environments, it's worth considering. It's mainly a disease of outdoor dogs, but it is showing up more in house pets in high risk environments. Vaccine reactions are rare. If concerned, I recommend giving separately from other vacc to minimize discomfort. Hope that helps!"

I still haven't taken him in for the vaccine but I plan to as we have a lot of wildlife around here. He has not had any reactions to vaccines so I feel like he'll be fine.
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Steve recently had his annual shots, but we postponed the Lepto vaccine so he didn't get them all at once. I emailed a college friend of mine who is a vet and asked for her opinion on the vaccine. She said vaccine reactions are extremely rare and she goes over the risks with her patients. Here was her response:

"I discuss risk with my owners when deciding to give the lepto vacc. It's a disease spread by wildlife into stagnant water sources. So, if you have a lot of wildlife in your yard or standing water, or if they're around those environments, it's worth considering. It's mainly a disease of outdoor dogs, but it is showing up more in house pets in high risk environments. Vaccine reactions are rare. If concerned, I recommend giving separately from other vacc to minimize discomfort. Hope that helps!"

I still haven't taken him in for the vaccine but I plan to as we have a lot of wildlife around here. He has not had any reactions to vaccines so I feel like he'll be fine.
Thanks Celeta, that helped. I have a bad habit of always second guessing myself and was worried I made the wrong decision to give him the vaccine. The lepto was given by itself. We split up his vaccinations.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Try not to worry too much! I don't give Lepto vaccine because the biggest wildlife Obi interacts is a 20pound Pomeranian buddy. I think the Internet scares us into many things... Just give Pipper a kiss and make sure he is acting his normal, sweet self
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Kathy We Must be twins** I Do The Same thing Read and scare myself to death. i wish i was differant but thats the way iam. i hate my self for being like that. Stevie Moms Post was good. I Have put it off also. but i have a lot of wildlife in my yard in a wooded area. my vet said i better get it--so i will but not now. Iam Just getting over having baby teeth pulled for yogi. I Need Time To Re=coup. Yogi did fine i was a wacko. Nickee in Pa* Kiss Love And Hold Him Tight Tonight-Sending some prayers-dont worry!!!!!

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Old 02-01-2013, 08:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I am sure if Pipper hasn't had a reaction yet he will be fine. It's interesting that different vets have different opinions. My vet called the lepto vaccine the "devil" vaccine. You were smart to have the vaccine given by itself and not in combination with anything else.
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Many years ago my vet said my Aussie and poodle should get it. It was becoming"rampant" here. Ok. Aussie got one, poodle got one. Poodle threw up for 3 days. Neither got the 2nd shot. Why? I don't know. Size difference? Maybe. But no more for my current fur kids.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My vet who is in his 60's with decades of experience said if Ivy were his, he would NOT give her the vaccine. He said he lost a mini-dachshund patient to the lepto vaccine awhile ago and there was nothing he could do could save her.

Ivy was still under 5 lbs. at the time of the discussion and so we decided to postpone it and when she is full grown and has gained every ounce she can, then we'll revisit the question. We are loaded with wildlife, and coons and possum regularly wander through our yard so it is definitely an issue for us.
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Pipper weighs 12 lbs so at least he isn't tiny but I've just got myself so worried. When can I feel safe that there won't be a reaction. I doubt I will want to get it again but then we have a lot of rabbits and skunks and racoons so it seems like a no win situation. Grrrr, I hate worrying all the time.
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Kathy, I believe most reactions to the lepto vaccine include facial swelling, hives, and anaphylactic reactions. Anaphylactic reactions occur shortly after exposure to whatever caused it. So I am sure Pipper is safe. I know it's so hard not to worry about our fur babies.
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