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Good morning Border Collie world:

Introducing myself, my family and I are very much enjoying our new puppy, Montgomery, who is now about six months old.  He's our third Border Collie, and is a textbook perfect dog in every respect.  He's the happiest dog we've ever had, and we're incredibly lucky to have him.

However, one conundrum has come up which may, or may not, be worth worrying about.  Our breeder was incredibly concerned about anecdotes that she had heard regarding the Lepto vaccine, and how border collies specifically have had very severe reactions to it in recent years.  Our vet, on the other hand (who we have used for twenty five years) mentioned that his research, including a communication with the vaccine manufacturer, suggests that the risk of side effects is quite low, and that we shouldn't be particularly concerned.   Certainly, Lepto is severe, and does occur in New Jersey, which is where we live.    

Is there any reason to be concerned about that vaccine specifically, as it relates to border collies?  (This is not a request for anti-vax rhetoric in general, only a very specific question to help resolve the contrast between our breeder, and the vet.  The vet has far more credibility, as far as I'm concerned, but upon checking the boards here, some of the older leapt threads seem to refer to an older injection.)  

Thanks !!!

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Like you read in previous threads, make sure the vax you are getting is for the strains in your area. Any dog can have a reaction to any vax. 

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Hello Charles, 

I believe that the current protocol for the Leptospirosis vaccine is to NOT include it in the first puppy vaccines (Distemper,  Parvovirus, Andinovirus/Hepatitis, and Parainfluenza).   Then, after that series of vaccines is finished (and the puppy is about four months old), the Leptospirosis vaccine is given.  Perhaps your breeder's concern is regarding including Lepto in the initial vaccines for the puppies, which is not recommended.  

nancy

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Agree with Nancy.  We've had no problems whatsoever with the 4-strain Lepto in our 5 adult Border Collies.

Good luck, and we'd love to see photos of Montgomery!

Amy

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Thanks for the pic! What a bright faced lad you have there:wub:  My guy is 13 and I've not gotten that look of 'what kind of trouble can I get into today?' in quite some time.

Enjoy your Montgomery and thanks for that sunny, sunny face.

Ruth & Gibbs

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I have to report that of my two BCs that are litter mates - Parker had no reaction either time.  Piper, however, had a reaction with her puppy shots, and then again an even worse reaction with the second one.  Neither of my older BCs ever had a reaction.

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