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Canine Leptospirosis:

Sweet Shimas does not vaccinate for the Leptospirosis virus.


Our Reason Is: We have had puppies die in our arms, within 15 minutes of giving the Leptospirosis vaccine.

Here at Sweet Shimas, we fill the need to give you all of the information available, so that you can make the best decision for you and your pet.The best way to investigate the Leptospirosis Virus, is to GOOGLE for it, and then read up on the information available.

www.Sweetshimas.com also has information posted about the Leptospirosis Virus (with pictures include), in the Important Links located on every page of our site.

Second: We suggest if you wish to give the Leptospirosis vaccine that, you do so at the Veterinarian’s office, this way if there is a severe reaction to the vaccine, you have an expert on hand to help your pet.

Sweet Shimas, begins its vaccinations at 4 weeks of age, and then at 6 weeks and again at 8 wks.

The Leptospirosis Vaccine suggests that it should not be given, until the 9 week of age.

After puppies leave our care, they will need one more vaccination at the age of 12 weeks, and this would be a good time to talk with your vet about the Leptospirosis vaccine.

In the Spokane area, there has not yet been a reported case of the Leptospirosis virus, but in many other parts of the US, including Seattle, they are having a definite out-brake of the virus.

Our Veterinarian suggests that if you are going to travel with your pet, that you seriously consider giving the Leptosirosis vaccine.

Current Issues on Infection and Vaccination

Leptospirosis, a contagious disease affecting both animals and humans and spread by infection with a bacterial pathogen called Leptospira, may result in chronic liver and kidney disease and fatality in the dog. Over the past 30 years, preventative vaccination against two of the most common Leptospires, L. canicola and L. icterohaemorrhagiae, have nearly eradicated clinical disease associated with these strains among the inoculated population. Though not without potential side effects associated with allergic reactions to inoculant in a small number of dogs, the risks of not vaccinating for Leptospirosis once far outweighed risks of vaccine-reaction. In recent years, however, new outbreaks of Leptospirosis have been reported in the population of vaccinated dogs. Clinical evidence now suggests that these new cases are associated with the once, less-common Leptospires for which current vaccines do not protect against. In light of these findings, the process of vaccinating dogs with the current Leptospirosis vaccines is being seriously questioned.

New Leptospirosis Vaccine Immunizes Against  L. grippotyphosa and L. pomona

Fort Dodge now offers the Duramune Leptospirosis vaccine that immunizes against L. grippotyphosa and L. pomona serovars as well as L. icterohaemorrhagiae and L. canicola . This vaccine has been formulated through the new subunit technology that uses only the antigen component of the organism (that will produce an immune response) instead of the entire organism. As such, subunit vaccines greatly reduce vaccine side-effects that occur with higher incidence with bacterin-based vaccines while providing durable protection from the disease.


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