Scotties at high risk of vaccinosis

vaccine dogSadly I read this weekend that scotties are at high risk of vaccinosis. They appear on the list , compiled by Dr Jean Dodds, of breeds at highest risk of vaccinosis.

I’m aware of all the publicity doing the rounds on annual vaccinations, but wasn’t conscious of our precious scotties being on such a list!

Dr Jean Dodd’s report was accompanied by another interesting article in my in-box and that was from Dr Karen Becker – “A hidden Vaccine Side-effects that many pet owners (and vets) never Suspect” – again well worth reading.

My two 14 month old scotties, Tayler and Sparta, are due their first annual ‘boosters’ this month (October 2016) and it worries me significantly as we’ve been put on the Lepto-4 protocol. The adverse publicity surrounding this ‘new’ vaccine, is not only causing me concerns, but many others have voiced their anxiety too.

Annual boosters and vaccinations constantly appear on  Facebook pages and groups and any decision is a worry. Although I’ve added in links here to the newspaper articles published in July 2016, they unfortunately still leave me in the dark as to what is the right and proper decision to take to safeguard my “highly at risk of Vaccinosis” pets.

Daily Telegraph Newspaper

Mail Online Newspaper

BVA response to Newspaper articles

Why the Lepto 4 vaccine may be causing problems

Lepto4 Vaccine and possible problems ……

Canine Health Concern

Lepto 4 vaccine: is it worth the risk?

There are safety concerns surrounding the Lepto4 vaccine from MSD (which incidentally contains thimerosal, aka the neurotoxin mercury).

I have to ask why the UK’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) would publish details about adverse reactions to the Lepto vaccine during 2014, but lump them in with adverse reactions to core vaccines? Would this be to hide the known safety concerns surrounding the Lepto 4 vaccine?

The VMD 2014 Review of Adverse Events Report states: “for the purposes of this report, we have classified core vaccines as those giving protection against any combination of distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza and/or leptospirosis. We have done this, as in the UK dogs are almost invariably vaccinated against leptospirosis at the same time as the other diseases, which makes it very difficult to determine which vaccine component is responsible for the signs observed.”

So there’s a new…

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