Introducing the New Nobivac Lepto 4 Vaccination

We have changed our vaccine because we believe in providing the best protection possible for our dogs, using Nobivac Lepto 4 gives that.

Leptospirosis is a life threatening disease of many species but particularly in dogs and in humans. It can affect the liver and kidneys and cause acute failure of these organs leading to death. It is spread by mice and rats urine and can be found in any damp ground but particularly river and canal banks and parks.

The previous vaccine covered the 2 most commonly occurring forms of Leptospira in the UK but we now have a vaccine which covers 4 serovars, which occur more common in Europe but outbreaks have started to occur in the UK now. We feel this added protection is now appropriate to have for our dogs and have changed to a new vaccine MSD Nobivac L4.

Booster vaccinations

When your dog comes in for its annual booster in 2015 they will have the normal booster given but will be asked to come for a 2nd Lepto 4 injection 4 weeks later.

The manufacturer of the vaccine has generously given an amnesty for the forth coming year to our clients for the 2nd Lepto 4 vaccine to be free. We also as a practice will not charge for giving it. For more details on our booster prices please phone the practice.

Puppy Vaccinations

For puppies aged between 7-9 weeks they will receive 2 injections 4 weeks apart. Puppies over 9 weeks will have 3 injections 2 weeks apart the reasons are given below:

Puppies aged 7-9 weeks of age

  • At the first visit we vaccinate for Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis.
  • At the second visit, about 4 weeks later, we vaccinate for Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis again. We do recommend vaccinating for Kennel Cough (e.g. infectious tracheitis acquired in parks and close contact), for whilst it is not typically life threatening, it is distressing and infected dogs need to be kept away from other dogs.

Puppies can go out 1 week after the 2nd vaccine but should avoid canals, farms and lakes until 2 weeks after the 2nd vaccine as they will not be fully covered for all strains of Leptospirosis until then.

Puppies aged 9 weeks and over:

  • At the first visit we vaccinate for Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis.
  • At the second visit, about 2 weeks later, we vaccinate for Distemper, Parvovirus and Hepatitis. We do recommend vaccinating for Kennel Cough (e.g. infectious tracheitis acquired in parks and close contact), for whilst it is not typically life threatening, it is distressing and infected dogs need to be kept away from other dogs.
  • At the third visit, 2 weeks later, we will give the second Leptospirosis vaccination.

Puppies can go out 1 week after the 2nd vaccine but should avoid canals, farms and lakes until 2 weeks after the 3rd vaccine as they will not be fully covered for all strains of Leptospirosis until then.

 

 

 

 

 

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