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    Just took my lurcher for his annual booster jab and I have to take him back in 3-4 weeks for a 2nd jab. Are all boosters in 2 parts like this?

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    It's the leptospirosis booster (lepto 4) that's given in 2 parts. Some practices may use a single dose product if there is one available.

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    No just one visit for mine but they do try to sell a different one with another level for leptospirosis that I think is why you are going back. 

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    I have previously read that lots of people don’t bother with the yearly boosters. 

    I did see a few people who didn’t even have the initial jabs. 

    Mine had 3 different sets of jabs as a puppy and a kennel cough vaccine to boot, which we were glad we got in the end because we need to put him in kennels when going abroad and this is required. 

    Not sure whether to have the yearly booster, although will have to find out if it is required by the kennel incase it is a must. 

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    Yeah, up to date boosters are a must for kennels. That's the only reason we get them done. 

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    Not all vaccines require annual booster the manufacturer of some state every 3 years but it is a money making scam that some vets use to their advantage and rip you off every year

    Edited by geordieh

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    we had ours vaccinated when she was a pup, not bothered with boosters. she won't be going into kennels so don't see the need.

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    I understand that once it’s done that’s it. I had a double jab last year with my labs and this year it’s just one. Vet said double is only necessary every two years. Worth it kennels or not.

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    You need to get jabs the first few years to build up resistance, then there is a blood test that can let you know if your dog has built up enough antibodies and no further jabs needed.

    If you get the blood results and it shows your dog carries antibodies there are a few kennels that will take them in but not many.

    It's also a no no with many insurance firms as many require dogs to be vaccinated. A few years ago my Springer injured both his eyes resulting in a rather expensive claim and one of the first things they asked was had he been vaccinated. I imagine if I had said no they wouldn't have paid up.

    Edited by toontastic

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    its not a definite no no from insurance companies, if there are no vaccinations then they will not cover the  illnesses that the vaccines cover.

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    Insurance may not cover ilnesses for which the vaccines are a prophylactic but surely they cannot refuse to pay on something like a broken leg just because the vaccines are not up to date.

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    In the small print of my springers policy it mentioned vaccinations having to be up to date for the policy to be valid.

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    Just now, toontastic said:

    In the small print of my springers policy it mentioned vaccinations having to be up to date for the policy to be valid.

    That is good to know thank you.

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    9 hours ago, paul1966 said:

    we had ours vaccinated when she was a pup, not bothered with boosters. she won't be going into kennels so don't see the need.

    Until an emergency comes along and no kennel will take the dog. Working in a hospital atm and people's pet are one of the biggest issues when they come in. 

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