Advantages, Disadvantages of Current Canine Vaccines

June 5, 2018

New vaccines are currently centered around 3 specific diseases: respiratory disease, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis.

Richard Ford, DVM, MS, professor emeritus at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, says new vaccines are currently centered around 3 specific diseases: respiratory disease (kennel cough), Lyme disease, and leptospirosis. He explains any new changes in recommendations for each.

Dr. Ford says all Bordetella vaccines work—whether they are oral, intranasal, topical, or injectable—but mucosal vaccines have a slight advantage. Lepto is a zoonotic disease which appears to be increasing in prevalence, Dr. Ford says, which means it may be time to call the lepto vaccine a core vaccine. When it comes to Lyme disease, he says vaccination works. Dr. Ford recommends preference for the recombinant Lyme disease vaccines.