Hi, am worried as I've just realised my 7 year old dog's annual booster was due in April 2011 - so am 2 months overdue - am now worried that he'll be at risk - any vets/nurses out there that can advise/reassure me? Am usually spot on with that sort of thing, but for some reason had June in my mind and only just realised when I got his record card out - appt has been made for Thursday! Thank you.
Thanks, coffee. My dog is a 7 year old mixed-breed, medium build, in good general health. Have just looked on the net and seems to be a 2-3 month safety net, which is reassuring, but would rather ask other experienced dog owners/vets/nurses.... thanks again. Any other opinions welcome!
Well, IMO and if I were you, I don't think I wouold even bother with the booster. Not telling you to do that, but you have had 7 years of vax. If it hasn't got immunity with that lot, there would be something wrong.
The gap you can have very much depends on the brand vaccine that has been used as it is set done in the data sheet. 15 months is the maximum immunity from the leptospirosis portion, this is a bacterial disease caught from rats urine. The other portions have longer immunity hence why alot of vets now only give part boosters some years. I have to disagree with Lord sucre as the only dogs I have seen die of Lepto have been older dogs who are much more at risk from secondary infection joining in with this disease. Whilst as I say the other diseases do build up immunity lepto doesn't and it can quickly wane. Talk to your vet about their brand of vaccine.