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Features June 2015 Issue

Should Your Dog Get the Leptospirosis Vaccine?

Dogs who like to drink standing water are particularly vulnerable to leptospirosis.

Should Your Dog Get the Leptospirosis Vaccine?

More dogs are vulnerable to lepto than you may think.

The American Animal Hospital Association considers the leptospirosis vaccine a “non-core” vaccine for dogs. That is, they see it as optional. But is it optional for your particular pet? Cummings School clinical professor Mary Labato, DVM, DACVIM, says that “at Tufts, we recommend lepto vaccination for all dogs. Besides the fact that leptospirosis is potentially fatal, the cost of treating this preventable disease can range into the thousands of dollars, with the high end including those dogs that require dialysis” because of kidney failure

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