Indications for use
For active immunisation of dogs against:
- L. interrogans serogroup Canicola serovar Canicola to reduce infection and urinary excretion
- L. interrogans serogroup Icterohaemorrhagiae serovar Copenhageni to reduce infection and urinary excretion
- L. interrogans serogroup Australis serovar Bratislava to reduce infection
- L. kirschneri serogroup Grippotyphosa serovar Bananal/Lianguang to reduce infection and urinary excretion
Onset of immunity: 3 weeks
Duration of immunity: 1 year
Special warnings for each target species
Special precautions for use
Special precautions for use in animals: Vaccinate only healthy animals.
Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the veterinary medicinal product to animals: None.
A mild and transient increase in body temperature (≤ 1°C) may occur for a few days after vaccination, with some pups showing less activity and/or a reduced appetite. A small transient swelling (≤ 4 cm), which can occasionally be firm and painful on palpation, may be observed at the site of injection. Any such swelling will either have disappeared or be clearly diminished by 14 days post-vaccination.
In very rare cases, clinical signs of immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, or immune-mediated polyarthritis have been reported. In very rare cases a transient acute hypersensitivity reaction may occur. Such reactions may evolve to a more severe condition (anaphylaxis), which may be life-threatening. If such reactions occur appropriate treatment is recommended.
The frequency of adverse reactions is defined using the following convention:
- very common (more than 1 in 10 animals displaying adverse reactions during the course of one treatment)
- common (more than 1 but less than 10 animals in 100 animals)
- uncommon (more than 1 but less than 10 animals in 1,000 animals)
- rare (more than 1 but less than 10 animals in 10,000 animals)
- very rare (less than 1 animal in 10,000 animals, including isolated reports).
Use during pregnancy, lactation or lay
Can be used during pregnancy
Safety and efficacy data are available which demonstrate that this vaccine can be mixed and administered with vaccines of the Canigen series from the same marketing authorisation holder (or national subsidiary) containing canine distemper virus strain Onderstepoort, canine adenovirus type 2 strain Manhattan LPV3, canine parvovirus strain 154 and/or canine parainfluenza virus strain Cornell components for subcutaneous administration where authorised. The product information of the relevant Canigen vaccines should be consulted before administration of the mixed product. When mixed with these Canigen vaccines, the demonstrated safety and efficacy claims for Canigen L4 are no different from those described for Canigen L4 alone. When mixed with Canigen vaccines containing canine parainfluenza virus strain Cornell at annual revaccination, it has been established that there is no interference with the anamnestic response induced by the injectable canine parainfluenza virus component.
Safety and efficacy data are available which demonstrate that this vaccine can be administered on the same day but not mixed with vaccines of the Canigen series from the same marketing authorisation holder (or national subsidiary) containing Bordetella bronchiseptica strain B-C2 and/or canine parainfluenza virus strain Cornell components for intranasal administration where authorised.
No information is available on the safety and efficacy of this vaccine when used with any other veterinary medicinal product except the products mentioned above. A decision to use this vaccine before or after any other veterinary medicinal product therefore needs to be made on a case by case basis.
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Amounts to be administered and administration route
Before use, allow the vaccine to reach room temperature.
Administer two vaccinations of 1 dose (1 ml) of vaccine with an interval of 4 weeks to dogs from 6 weeks of age onwards.
Basic vaccination: The first vaccination can be administered from 6 to 9(*) weeks of age and the second vaccination from 10 to 13 weeks of age.
Revaccination: Dogs should be re-vaccinated annually with one dose (1 ml) of vaccine.
(*) In case of high level of maternally derived antibodies, first vaccination is recommended at 9 weeks of age.
For simultaneous use with Canigen vaccines where authorised: 1 dose of a Canigen vaccine from the same marketing authorisation holder (or national subsidiary) containing canine distemper virus strain Onderstepoort, canine adenovirus type 2 strain Manhattan LPV3, canine parvovirus strain 154 and/or canine parainfluenza virus strain Cornell components should be reconstituted with 1 dose (1 ml) of Canigen L4. The mixed vaccines should be administered by subcutaneous injection.
No adverse reactions other than those mentioned in section 4.6 were observed after the administration of a double dose of vaccine. However, these reactions may be more severe and/or last longer. For example, local swelling, which can be up to 5 cm in diameter and which may take over 5 weeks to completely disappear, may be observed at the site of injection.