Leptospirosis vaccine?

by Natalie
(Round Rock, TX)

Hello, I am a proud new owner of our Coton de Tulear named Tyler. He is currently 14 weeks old & we are blessed to have him in our lives. When we acquired him from the breeder, she strongly suggested we not give him the leptospirosis vaccine. I guess she has had a few families report back to her that the dogs had seizures after being administered the lepto vaccine.

My vet thinks we should think about giving him the vaccine. I would appreciate any feedback/information anyone may have in whether or not we should get him vaccinated for lepto. Thank you for your help!

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May 27, 2015
Re leptospirosis vaccine reaction NEW
by: Anonymous

I debated myself whether to give my 7 month old Coton de Tulear the leptospirosis vaccine this past spring. A few things to consider:
- Is leptospirosis common where you live? (It's more common near some cities and tends to be more frequent in wooded areas. it is carried by rodents, raccoons etc who then spread the disease
- Is you dog the type to drink from a puddle? Does he/ she go swimming in lakes or streams?
Based on the above, you with guidance of a good vet should be able to assess likelihood of exposure. Though note some vets may unnecessarily push for vaccination

My dog is the type that would drink from puddles despite my attempts to stop him. Leptospirosis also common where I live despite living in the city vs country there are a lot of raccoons which carry the disease so I went for the vaccine.

It is 2 shots on the first round and my Coton had a mild allergic reaction to the first shot ( extremely lethargic, not wanting to eat or drink (except plain chicken stock ice cubes) and shivering and swelling at site of injection site. Watched him close and told vet and we gave antihistamine shot before the booster and second reaction was much milder (Mildly lethargic) though I watched him carefully for 24-48 hours after both sets of shots

Mar 12, 2013
Lepto shot NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Leptospirosis immunity is only good for six months following vaccination and some vets recommend only high-risk dogs receive the shot.

Read more: Side Effects of Leptospirosis Vaccine for Dogs | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6592966_side-effects-leptospirosis-vaccine-dogs.html#ixzz2NLm2ZfFF

Mar 12, 2013
Happy Ending NEW
by: Gale

Thanks Phyllis for sharing your story. It's hard sometimes to know the best thing to do, so the more information we have the better. Glad your Coton is okay!!

Also, thanks for the feedback on health insurance. It's good to hear from someone who's had a good experience. Wish I had signed Luc up before he was diagnosed with allergies since I don't think any insurance company will cover pre-existing conditions.

Mar 12, 2013
My dog contracted Leptospirosis NEW
by: Phyllis and Sadie

My little Sadie did not get the Lepto vaccine with her puppy vaccines because my vet never mentioned it and at the time, I didn't ask because I didn't know anything about it.

But at 9 months old, she somehow contracted Leptospirosis and it was awful. I do take her out off leash to parks in the area, and one time I "caught" her drinking water from a puddle. I always do my best to stop her from drinking from any water on the ground, but as you know, dogs are very fast, and if they are off-leash, it is even more difficult to stop this behavior, especially on a rainy day. This may or may not have been where she contracted this disease, but she came down with a fever, stopped eating, and ended up in the hospital on an IV with fluids and medication, X-rays, Ultrasounds, and blood-work for 5 heart-stopping days! Because it is a disease that can be transmitted to humans, I even had to wear gloves when I visited her in the hospital. When she was finally released, I had to keep her isolated from other dogs until a Liver Panel resulted in normal readings. It was REALLY awful during this entire period.

It was when Sadie was in the hospital that I learned about the Leptospirosis Vaccine. The hospital staff asked me if she had been vaccinated for Lepto. I said "no", but was understandably upset that I didn't know about this vaccine earlier.

Thankfully, Sadie's care was at one of the best Animal Hospitals on the East Coast -- Boston's Angel Memorial Medical Center -- and she received outstanding care and fully recovered with no lingering problems. I recently had another Liver Panel done when whe received her 1 year vaccinations and she is totally cured, active, beautiful and lovely. AND THIS TIME I DID ask my vet (also at Angel Memorial) about the Lepto vaccine. She said that the vaccine is not recommended for small dogs because they have more frequently been known to go into Anaphylaxic shock following the injection. This allergic reaction includes diarrhea or vomiting, rapid heartbeat, cold limbs and a fever. Seizures and trouble breathing. In extreme cases, cardiac arrest can result.

So, I am still undecided aobut the vaccination and told my vet I needed to do more research before I decided to expose Sadie to the possible consequences of this vaccine. In any case, if I DO decide to give her the medication, I will ask for Benadryl first, and also stick around the hospital for awhile afterwards to make sure she doesn't go into shock. BOTTOM line? I still haven't made up my mind but knowing the consequences, I am more likely to want her to be vaccinated.

By the way, I know it isn't in this post, but I am fortunate enough to have pet health insurance for Sadie and it paid 90% of a $5,000 hospital bill. I did a lot of research and love this company. You can find them at healthypawspetinsurance.com.

Good luck to all of you and hope you don't have the experience I had with my beloved Sadie.

Mar 07, 2013
Lepto shot NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

My post on most vets now only giving the DHPP I am referencing dogs ovr. the age of 1 after they get their 1 yr. rabies & DHLPP. I apologize I spaced out the age of ur Coton.

Mar 07, 2013
Thank you! NEW
by: Natalie

Thank you very much for all the feedback on the Lepto vaccine! My vet says she submitted a question to whatever online vet forum she uses when asking other vets their opinions/experiences about administering the vaccine to Cotons & didn't hear anything negative back. She says it is up to me, but does recommend it.

We live in a master planned community right outside of Austin, TX. We do have the manmade ponds/water features in our community but not any actual lakes near our home. We don't plan on camping or hiking with him in the woods. He will pretty much go for walks in our community & make an occasional visit to a dog park.

Right now I am leaning against it, but will do more research. Thank you for all your help!

Mar 01, 2013
Lepto NEW
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Most vets do not include the leptospirosis in the vaccine anymore. It used to be classified as the DHLPP shot. Now it is called the DHPP (distemper, hepatitus, parainfluenza, parovirus) shot which is to be given yearly. Then rabies every 3 yrs.

This disease is mostly spread in the urine of an infected animal. Rats mostly but can include cattle, sheep & wild animals. It also can be spread to humans when handeling a sick dog. In humans it is called Well's disease.

Mar 01, 2013
Lepto NEW
by: sherry cotton candie

When we bought Cotton the breeder told us this type dog should never be given anything with the lepto in it. She said to ask and be sure the rabies shot contained none of it......Our vet has been great but some of the discount shot places do have lepto included so we stay away from them.

Our girls are never in lakes or off the leash unless they are in a secured fence area so I do not worry about it being a problem for them.

I would not take a chance with it but if your vet says its ok I guess it would be up to you. I know all dogs can be different in their reactions to things but I would not take the chance......Have you checked with other coton breeders to hear their input?

Mar 01, 2013
Leptospirosis vaccine NEW
by: Anonymous

We live in a neighbor where our house borders on 26 acres of woods that contains many fox and other animals.

Our vet said that unless there is standing water on our property where fox or other animals could urinate, then it was not necessary. When we got our second dog, we changed vets for no other reason than our first vet was rather far away. So I asked the new vet about the vaccine and she said the same thing.

Our dogs are under control in our yard. They are never let out alone. They chase many animals away from the yard through the woods and so far we have had no illnesses nor has anything shown up in blood work related to this virus. So I think it depends upon where you live and what activities you do.

When our Coton, Molly, was given the 3-year rabies vaccination, she had a neurological reaction that needed to be controlled with a antihistamine type medication. Hope this helps.

Feb 28, 2013
Lepto NEW
by: My 2 Lake ozark swimming cotons

Our vet suggested the lepto for our two pups in 2012. They were administered twice about a month apart in 2012. They have just had the first of the 2013 round and we have had no reactions. First time they were 7 mo. And 2nd time 19 mo.
My dogs are in the lake off and on all day in the summer. They leap off our dock, swim to shore, jump n the pool and run back onto the dock. They boat with us and take the occasional jet ski ride with my sons. I do split up all their vaccines. They are little dogs and don't need to get over boosted like that. I also have my vet give them a shot of Benadryl. I did 2 rounds on their annual this year and came back for their 2nd round two weeks later.

Feb 28, 2013
Deeper conversation with vet NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a great conversation with my NEW vet about this after my old vet admonished me for questioning him about the necessity of this vaccine. She said that small dogs in particular can be prone to an allergic reaction to the lepto vaccine. She said that if we wanted to get it, she recommended giving our pup a Benedryl prior, and then waiting at the vet's office for awhile after to make sure there was no reaction. I thought it was a very reasonable, well though out process. She also told me that lepto is very rare in our area, but that there was a breakout in the neighborhood a couple of years ago. I didn't give Bailey the vaccine this year, because she's still so little and so young, but I think at her one-year appointment, I might do so. I suggest having the discussion with your vet about these options. If he/she is a good doc, they hopefully would be willing to discuss more in depth!

Feb 28, 2013
Lepto vaccination NEW
by: Debra

My little boy received 1 of these years ago. Since we don't frequent lakes or creeks, the vet said it wasn't necessary. The holistic vet we just started seeing agrees.

Feb 28, 2013
Vaccines NEW
by: Mary Ann

Our vet gave our coton this shot after asking if he will be playing in lakes or creeks. We have a lake house so we said yes. No reaction from it. Just had the rounds of shots for this year and still not reaction.

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