I know that I have read somewhere (maybe here) that sometimes the Lepto vaccine has left some pups with severe reactions, and one should think carefully before just getting it for their pup. I did ask my Vet about the Lepto vaccine during one of Dakota's monthly pup check-ups. He just said - if you are against it, we won't give it. I was wondering if anyone has any information on the Lepto vaccine and it's problems. I will speak to my Vet again about this, but I would like to be alittle more educated. Thanks!
Most of us don't give it. Risks seem to outweigh the benefits. I've heard claims that the vaccine is improving, covering more strains, will less adverse effects, but personally, I want to see more research on it before I'd want it.
I've heard of too many dogs getting sick even with the vaccine, or getting sicker than getting lepto would have made them, and in some cases death. None of the vets locally give it, and The ones I've talked to a lot about it won't tell you they won't give it, but give enough convincing arguements that the client will decline it.
The last vet I worked for didn't give it because they saw too many reactions. Lepto is transmissable to humans which is why there are so many controversies over it, but honestly the people with the greatest risk for gettting it are those who work in vet clinics. You have to come in contact with the dog's urine to contract the disease. We had a dog come in who was very sick with lepto and the vets told us to make sure and wear gloves when handling him. He was a VERY sick puppy, but he did survive. Its not seen too often so I think that's why they have steered away from the vaccine. More risks to the vaccine than benefits type of thing. Here is a website on it: