Starting on January 1st of 2015 North Colony Animal Clinic will start recommending the Leptospirosis vaccine as part of our core vaccines for all dogs. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection spread in the urine of rodents.
In the past, Leptospirosis wasn’t commonly diagnosed and many vaccine reactions occurred, and most veterinarians discontinued use of the vaccine. Over the years there has been a resurgence of Leptospirosis and newer vaccines that are much safer are available.
We here at North Colony have seen several cases of Lepto over the last year, and believe that it is in our patients best interest to be vaccinated. As with any vaccine it is up to you as pet owner to decide to vaccinate or not, but we recommend vaccination because the infection can be transmitted to humans through pet urine. The vaccine is given twice, 3 weeks apart initially and then yearly thereafter. Please feel free to call with any questions.
The following websites offer some more detailed information about the disease and its transmission.
Leptospirosis in Dogs