leptospirosis in dogs

There is one way to effectively prevent leptospirosis: with vaccination. A puppy should have the vaccine with it six to eight weeks for the first time, two to four weeks later a second vaccination follows. After that, veterinarians recommend an annual refresher.

Although the vaccination against leptospirosis is one of the so-called compulsory vaccinations, regardless of the age and the housing conditions of the dog, which are not mandatory despite the name, but are definitely recommended, there was recently more and more cases in Germany. The reason is new strains of the bacterium, against which older vaccinations are no longer effective. This also puts people at risk: Leptospirosis can be transmitted from dogs to humans. So far, this has rarely happened: less than one case per million inhabitants in Germany per year.

As a rule, the leptospirosis vaccination in dogs does not cause any side effects, and harmless vaccination reactions occur more often. The new vaccines seem to trigger physical reactions in animals a little more frequently, but this is always a sign that the immune system is reacting to the vaccination and is arming itself against the disease. The most common temporary side effects include:

  • high temperature
  • exhaustion
  • loss of appetite
  • swelling at the injection site

Blood count disorders, bleeding and joint inflammation also occurred in connection with the vaccination, but are very rare: statistically in less than one in 10,000 vaccinated dogs. The risk for the four-legged friend to develop an allergic reaction to the vaccination as a side effect is just as low.

The vaccination against leptospirosis is usually included in a combination vaccine that also protects against other diseases such as distemper, parvovirus or rabies. The costs for this are between 50 and 70 euros.

leptospirosis in dogs

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