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Q&A: Should I give my dog the Leptospirosis shot?


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Today’s guest blogger, Dr. Lauren Brickman,
started as a veterinary technician at Garden City Park in 1997 and went
on to veterinary school at Ross University. She currently writes a
popular pet health and care column for that she has shared with us today.

Q: I recently adopted a Pug. In the paperwork that came with him it says not to give him the Leptospirosis shot.

I have always given my pugs this shot, but my new pug was never given it because of the fear of reaction.

What is your opinion on this? My vet says it’s up to me. I want to do what’s best for my dogs.

Read Dr. Lauren’s answer after the jump.

A: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can be
transmitted to your pet if it comes in contact with infected urine from
a carrier animals like raccoons. This disease can cause liver and kidney
failure in your dog.

Your veterinarian may recommend this shot if you live in an area where
your pet is at risk of contracting this bacterial disease.

Any breed of dog can experience a vaccine reaction from any vaccine,
not just the Leptospirosis vaccine. Fortunately, most vaccine reactions
can be treated.

Also keep in mind that Leptospirosis CAN be transmitted from your dog
to humans. Your vet can help you to decide if your region warrants a
leptospirosis vaccine or not.

If you have questions about your pet’s health, you can submit them to Dr. Lauren at

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