DUNDAS, Ontario — The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has issued a warning, asking dog owners to refrain from using the Nobivac L4 vaccine, which helps to protect dogs from a bacterial infection called leptospirosis. Since 2014, there have been 2,000 reports indicating a dog had a severe reaction to the vaccine, with 120 of those dogs passing away as a result of it.
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Yet, MSD Animal Health has stood by the vaccine revealing that adverse reactions are rare and are often a result of “using other drugs at the same time or other non-drug-related causes.” A spokesperson also added, “It is important to critically examine the facts relating to adverse events versus anecdotes not substantiated by science and medical evidence.” It is also recommended that puppies under the age of 12-weeks do not get the vaccine.
Leptospirosis is a bacteria that spreads throughout the body and has a particularly adverse effect on the dogs kidneys. While there are some critics of the Nobivac L4 vaccine, the RSPCA also recommends that puppies are vaccinated against it, along with vaccinations to prevent canine parvovirus, canine distemper virus and infectious canine hepatitis. If you are concerned about the affects of the Nobivac L4 Vaccine, speak with your veterinarian about all of the risks. Check out the video below to learn how leptospirosis is detected on dogs.
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