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Vaccines
Adverse events in dogs given Leptospira vaccine
  1. Hannah Robbins and
  2. Elisa Ursich
  1. VMD Pharmacovigilance Team, Woodham Lane, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3LS; e-mail: postmaster@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk

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THE Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is aware of media reports and concerns raised on social media following cases of serious adverse events in dogs given vaccines containing four strains of Leptospira bacteria.

The pharmacovigilance unit at the VMD is responsible for the monitoring of adverse event reports for veterinary medicines throughout the UK. We receive adverse event reports from veterinary surgeons, animal owners and marketing authorisation holders (MAH). We would like to reassure vets, and through them dog owners, that we are constantly reviewing adverse event report data to ensure that the benefits of each UK licensed veterinary medicinal product outweighs the risk posed by its potential side-effects.

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