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BVA concern about press reports on leptospirosis vaccine

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THE BVA has expressed concern that recent articles in the mainstream press regarding the Nobivac L4 leptospirosis vaccine (MSD Animal Health) risk scaring dog owners into not having their dogs vaccinated.

An article on The Telegraph website on July 2 claimed that, according to owners, ‘thousands of dogs across Britain are dying or suffering severe allergic reactions after being treated with a vaccine meant to protect them against mild bacterial infections’. It further stated that the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) was ‘urging owners not to use Nobivac L4 vaccine on puppies under 12 weeks old’. Also, it said, ‘According to reports made to the Government's Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) by pet owners, more than 120 dogs are feared to have died after receiving a dosage in the three years the product has been on the market.’

In a statement on July 6, the BVA said it was essential owners made a fully informed choice, in partnership with their veterinary surgeon, on a suitable vaccination plan, and …

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