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Old 11-15-2012, 01:38 PM
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Question about lepto booster

Honey got her DA2PP + Lepto vaccine yesterday (11/14) morning. I had requested to split up her vaccines, and she got rabies on 10/21/2012.

I didn't know the lepto component was included until after my vet administered the shot, because she kept calling it "the distemper/parvo shot" (if I had known, I would have requested to space it out from the distemper/parvo combo shot). Of note, there is leptospirosis in my area, and Honey spends enough time outside/around other dogs/in partially wooded, wet areas that I do think the vaccine is warranted for us...I just would have wanted to split it up.

Honey had virtually no reaction to her rabies shot last month, but I suspect she had a mild allergic reaction to the shot yesterday.

I had the day off from work and Honey got the combo shot at 8:15 AM. There is a park directly across the street from the vet's office so we spent an hour there, and she was fine so we went home. Overall, things were mostly normal, but she *did* get quite itchy in the afternoon. She is a somewhat itchy dog in general (seasonal allergies), but this was more than usual (although she was not frantic and there was no swelling). I felt a small bump (possible hive) on her chest, which seemed itchier than the rest of her. I gave her 50 mg of Benadryl; the bump disappeared and she calmed down within the hour. She still seems a bit itchy today, but much less, and is otherwise fine. She has normal energy levels, normal thirst/appetite, and no fever.

I called the vet's office and the tech made a note of the itching in her file and said she would inform my vet, but didn't seem alarmed.

My concern is that I am supposed to go back in 3 weeks (12/8) for a lepto booster. This shot will be *only* lepto (not the combo), and the vet recommends it because when I got Honey a year ago (in a different state), she was not vaccinated against it. She is an adult dog, but was abandoned and her vaccination history is unknown, so my vet said the recommended course of action would be to vaccinate against it as if she were a puppy.

All other shots (rabies, DA2PP) are 3 year shots, but if I stay in this area, Lepto is recommended every year.

Sorry for the long back story...these are my questions/concerns:

1. Is the lepto booster necessary? I understand my vet's reasoning, but I don't know a lot about this vaccine.

2. If it is necessary, should I request to have Honey premedicated because of her itchiness after this most recent shot?

Any experience/opinions/advice would be greatly appreciated. This is the first time I'm dealing with vaccinations, since they had all been done already, when I got her last year. Thank you so much in advance!
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:59 PM
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The booster is standard for the vaccine, I'm not sure but I believe its an attempt to make sure the vaccine would last the year instead of less.

Where she had an apparent reaction to this shot (which was a combo, so not nessecarly the lepto but why risk it), I would definetly ask the vet about what can be done to reduce the potential reaction for hte booster. It may be as simple as a dose of benedryl a couple hours before the shot.

My thought: and we'll have to get one of the vet types to chime in, Lepto is more of an issue in the spring/summer than in the winter. The usual recommendation is to give the vaccine in the late winter/early spring to be sure the dog will be covered for those periods. I'm wondering if it might almost be a good idea to hold off the booster (or your vet will probly call it a new administer of the vaccine) till the spring?
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Thank you so much for your input - I thought it was a spring/summer issue, too, which is why I didn't think she'd be getting it in the combo that she got yesterday (I also know that she may have reacted to something other than the lepto in the shot, but my feelings are the same as yours: why risk it?). I'm definitely going to call back about premedicating for next time.

The reason my vet gave the lepto now (per her explanation) is because we are in an area that has had some flooding from the "sandy superstorm," and the recent nor'easter. She said when there is flooding and the temperatures aren't cold (it has pretty warm recently, except at night), the risk goes up :/

I do like the idea of asking to put the next shot off until Spring. I don't know if they'll go for it.

In case any "vet types" read this, would getting the shot in the spring likely require another booster? My understanding from the vet was that she needed a booster because this is likely the first time she is getting it, but in the future if she gets it, it will only be once per year
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Well, her explanation makes sense, the problem is usually the dog drinking contaiminated water, which generally means free-standing water, so flooding could certinally make that more likely.
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