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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Vaccines against Leptospirosis have been available for over 30 years. A new vaccine has recently been launched in the United States against the serovars grippotyphosa and pomona.
Leptospirosis occurs all over the world and it is an important zoonosis. At least 8 serovars have been reported to be of importance for dogs and cats, and in dogs canicola, icterohaemorrhagiae, grippotyphosa, pomona and bratislava are most commonly identified. In the United States of America serological evidence for the occurence of disease associated with serovars grippotyphosa, pomona and bratislava has been increasing.
Vaccines containing specific serovars do not provide good cross-protection against others, and the main vaccines in common use for the protection of dogs only contain canicola and icteroheamorrhagiae - so the recent development of a vaccine* against grippotyphosa and pomona is good news.
(*Duramune Fort Dodge Animal Health - NOW Pfizer)
New vaccine announced 2013 in UK - contains L Bratislava and L Copenhageni (Merial) - Update in preparation
To be Updated November 2013