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The Rabies Vaccine for Dogs and Cats: What You Need to Know Now

Updated on September 19, 2012

The Rabies Vaccine Can Be Hazardous to Your Pet's Health

Most people think of vaccines as safe and protective, but vaccination is a serious medical procedure with significant risks. The rabies vaccine, in particular, is notorious when it comes to adverse reactions. Here are some potentially life-saving tips to help your dog or cat. My conclusions are the result of extensive research and interviews with countless experts. I have no ties to the pharmaceutical industry. I profit in NO way from your vaccination decisions.

Emergency: What to Do If Your Dog is Having a Reaction to the Rabies Vaccine

If your dog is breathing heavy, his face is swelling and eyes watering, and/or he's throwing up, your dog is having a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. CALL YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY! If possible, start for your vet's office, or an emergency facility, and call on the way while some else does the driving.

If your dog develops any health problem after the shot, read the list of common reactions below. It may be an adverse reaction to the rabies shot. Your vet may not recognize it as a reaction and may not want to believe he/she brought on this problem. It's up to you to bring up the subject and investigate.

Note that your vet will likely treat the symptoms without addressing the underlying cause. Homeopathy is your best bet. Call an expert.

Important: Make sure your vet records the reaction in detail in your dog's file and get a copy of the file. Put it in a safe place. When the rabies shot is due again, ask your vet to apply for an exemption. Read our page on vaccinating before you give another shot of any kind.

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Please read and sign our new petition: Veterinarians: Fully Inform Us Before Vaccinating Our Dogs and Cats Help stop vaccine reactions by giving only the vaccines our pets really need.

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  • The rabies vaccine is the ONLY shot required by law for dogs and cats in the United States. This is primarily to protect humans from getting rabies from their pets.
  • The Center for Disease Control declared in 2007 that canine rabies no longer exists in the United States. Your dog will not contract rabies from another dog, but only from wild animals such as bats, coyotes, skunks, raccoons and foxes. Click here to read the CDC press release.
  • In most areas, only young puppies, and dogs with written exemptions from their local Animal Control, are exempt from getting this shot. (More on this later.)
  • Consequences for not vaccinating against rabies depend on the Animal Control laws in your area. At the very least, you won't be able to board your pet, participate in training classes or shows, or use a professional groomer. Many vets will insist on vaccination before boarding or treating your pet. And if your dog or cat bites or scratches anyone, or is picked up by Animal Control, there will surely be a stiff fine and your pet will be impounded and vaccinated (or worse).

When Do You Have to Vaccinate?

  • Most localities require vaccination every three years even though studies in France and blood antibody tests in this country show that the rabies vaccine's immunity lasts for seven years. Worse yet, whether because of habit, ignorance or greed, some localities require annual vaccination--although the "three year" shot is guaranteed by manufacturers to give immunity for three years.
  • The one-year shot is NOT safer than the three-year shot, and has to be given more often, making it potentially more dangerous.
  • Puppies are generally required to get their first shot around four months, then again one year later and thereafter as required by local law. Check with your vet or Animal Control for details.

Read my new blog post on ELIMINATING UNNECESSARY SHOTS.

When Should You NOT Vaccinate?

Informed veterinarians generally recommend that you should NOT vaccinate:

  • Puppies younger than 4 months
  • A pet that has reacted adversely to vaccination in the past
  • A sick pet, especially a dog with cancer or an autoimmune disease (read this important article on the dangers of vaccinating unhealthy pets)
  • Before, during or after surgery, chemotherapy or other major medical procedure
  • Within 3-4 weeks of other shots

Important: When getting a new dog or cat, get shot records, too. Pets from shelters, pet stores and most rescue groups will have been recently vaccinated, as may have animals from individuals. Don't vaccinate unnecessarily. Find out exactly which shots your pet got, and when. Get documentation from the vet in question if your pet had a rabies shot.

You have options to vaccinating (discussed below) which you should discuss with your veterinarian.

Disclaimer: Jan Rasmusen is not a veterinarian. The information above is provided for information purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for advice from a qualified health practitioner.

Vaccine Reactions Can Be Devastating

Please watch our 3-minute video telling the poignant stories of dogs and cats with vaccine reactions. It will open your eyes.

Peaches, a top Agility star (shown here), developed Ischemic Dermatopathy -- a painful skin disease -- after a rabies shot.

After rabies vaccination, your dog may experience fever, malaise or even life-threatening anaphylactic shot. Non-immediate reactions days or even months after vaccination (called "vaccinosis") include, but aren't limited to:

  • Aggression or destructive behavior
  • Separation anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive behaviors (like chasing tails or licking paws)
  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Allergies
  • Skin problems
  • Digestive disorders
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pica (eating inappropriate materials)
  • Fibrocarcinomas at the injection site (particularly in cats-see below--but also in dogs)

Inexplicably, few vets warn about these possible adverse effects -- or even admit to the possibility even after they occur. If your pet experiences any of these reactions, REPORT THEM TO YOUR VET. Also know that there are things you can do. (Read on.)

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What Can You Do to Protect Your Pet?

If your dog is at high risk for contracting rabies, know that the only way to guarantee immunity to the rabies virus is with a simple blood test called an antibody titer (pronounced Tight er). Ask your vet about it.

Never give the rabies vaccine with other shots -- especially not with a combination shot (one that vaccinates against several diseases at once.) In fact, don't give combos at all. They are linked to serious adverse reactions. This is even more important for small dogs whose bodies can't withstand multiple shots at once.

***If your pet has documented health problems and a low likelihood of contracting rabies, ask your vet to apply for a rabies vaccination extension or exemption. A rabies titer test showing immunity may help your cause. Expect to pay license fees, and to reapply in the next licensing period. If your vet won't do it, consult another vet.

If you have to vaccinate, consult a vet trained in homeopathy. There's a homeopathic "remedy" that can be given with the shot to lessen the chance of ill effects. Find a vet at Holistic Vet List. Or try Homeopathy Trained Vets.

***Report ALL reactions to vaccines to your vet; make sure the reactions are recorded in your pet's file. Have the vet sign the page showing reactions. Get a copy! Documentation will be necessary if you ever need to apply for an exemption. Also, years from now, you may forget the details.

If your dog has any adverse reaction to a shot, but your vet dismisses your concerns, take matters into your own hands. Contact a holistic vet. There are things that can be done to alleviate even long-standing problems. At least, check out the links on this page (below) and do a web search. Surely, others have experienced the same problem and may have solutions.

Kennels, groomers, trainers and doggy day care facilities may require proof of rabies, but more and more establishments accept titer testing. If they require vaccination more frequently than legally required, educate them or find another establishment. Their lack of knowledge is potentially hazardous to your pet's health.

Tell them that only a titer test guarantees immunity and, because canine rabies has been declared non-existent in the US, requiring rabies shots to protect dogs from each another is illogical!

Check with your airline when flying within the Continental U.S. to see if your pet needs proof of rabies vaccination and/or a health certificate. When flying internationally, plan well ahead and check with your airline and visit Pet Travel for more information. If you're even thinking of shipping your pet in the belly of an aircraft, please read this article first.

NEVER vaccinate within a week of travel. Your animal may experience a life-threatening shot reaction and may die without immediate medical assistance.

Keep copies of your vaccination records and titer tests in your cars. Keep license tags on your dog's collar or harness. You don't want to have to revaccinate should you need to board your pet unexpectedly or should she bite someone.

Print a list of emergency vet clinics along your route at Pets911.

If you suspect your dog is suffering adverse reactions from a rabies shot, I suggest you consult a holistic (not a traditional) vet. If you treat symptoms without addressing the cause, your dog's health will surely decline. Holistic Vets, particularly those trained in homeopathy, should be able to treat the cause of the vaccinosis.

My Favorite Dog Care Book

Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care
Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care

I wrote this book! It won two national awards: the Ben Franklin Award for the Best Health Book of any kind and the USABookNews Award for the Best Pet Health Book.

The Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association wrote: This is a wonderful book! It's also endorsed by Animal Wellness Magazine, The Animal Protection Institute and countless veterinarians. All author royalties benefit animal causes.

The title alone should tell you it's not your average dog care book. Scared Poopless is heavily researched and packed with information from my two years of research and interviews --but it's also really fun to read and contains 89 wild full-color photos. It makes a beautiful, and thoughtful, gift for dog-loving friends.

In addition to an in-depth, but easy to read, chapter on vaccination, it covers food, pet meds, anesthesia and surgery and dozens of other subjects on holistic dog health and safety. Please read the reviews, and see the Table of Contents, at Amazon or my website (link below) to learn more about it.

 

Do Cats Have Special Needs?

Dr. Jean Hofve, DVM and former Editor-in-Chief of The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Journal, writes: Ideally, for cats the Merial Purevax recombinant vaccine can be used in place of the older killed vaccines that can cause injection-site tumors. She adds: When vaccines were given between the shoulder blades, these cancers were inoperable because they would grow into the spine, ribcage, and chest. This became such a serious problem that now it is recommended to give the rabies vaccine in the right hind leg so that when a tumor does develop, the whole leg can be amputated and thus the cat's life can be saved.

For more information on cat shots, go to Dr. Jean's terrific CAT website Little Big Cat. Also check out Cat Shots.

Important Links

There are countless websites with out-of-date and misleading information about vaccination for dogs and cats. Many are sponsored by people or companies benefiting from the sale or administering of vaccines. Although I can't guarantee all information on other people's sites, the following are links I personally like.

Other Books and DVDs I like on Vaccinating

The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat
The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat

This book has a wonderful chapter explaining immunology and the history of vaccines. It's a great resource if you're interested in holistic health care for dogs and cats.

 
Vaccine Guide for Dogs and Cats: What Every Pet Lover Should Know
Vaccine Guide for Dogs and Cats: What Every Pet Lover Should Know

This book goes deeply into each vaccine's risks. It's for people who want to know all the technical details.

 
Shock to the System: The Facts about Animal Vaccination, Pet Food and How to Keep Your Pets Healthy
Shock to the System: The Facts about Animal Vaccination, Pet Food and How to Keep Your Pets Healthy

Catherine is a UK author who's an expert on the science of vaccines and food. Read her article "The Science of Vaccine Damage" at my website: http://www.dogs4dogs.com/JR_Articles/Vaccine%20Damage

 
In Search of the Truth About Dogs: An Introduction to Natural Canine Health
In Search of the Truth About Dogs: An Introduction to Natural Canine Health

Voted the best DVD of 2008 by the Dog Writers’ Association of America. Catherine O’Driscoll interviews leading vets, including Richard Allport, Michael Fox and Christopher Day, the scientist Gary Smith, and professional dog trainer Keith Dickinson about switching dogs to raw, biologically appropriate food, and saying ‘no’ to unnecessary and potentially harmful vaccines.

 

Help Change Dangerous and Antiquated Rabies Vaccination Laws

World famous pet vaccination experts Drs. Jean Dodds and Ronald Schultz (Chair of the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison) are volunteering their efforts (and the University has waived its usual overhead fee). They're doing five- and seven-year studies to test duration of vaccine protection so that we can vaccinate our animals less frequently. They will also test the safety of the shot's ingredients and establish a much-needed reporting system for adverse shot reactions.

The Challenge Fund has raised money for the first year, but needs to fund future years. Learn more about the vaccine and their work, or donate to this wonderful cause, at Rabies Challenge Fund Note: the term challenge refers to the type of testing. They are NOT challenging the need for the vaccine.

As of the Spring of 2008, Kansas and Wyoming are rethinking their laws. Arkansas is next. If you want to get e-mail alerts about how you can help, click Rabies Alert and ask to be added to the e-mail list.

Disclaimer: Jan Rasmusen is a researcher and author, not a veterinarian. Please consult a knowledgeable health care practitioner for more information or if your dog shows signs of illness.

IF YOU WANT A RESPONSE, YOU MUST COPY YOUR RESPONSE AT MY BLOG: Truth4Dogs Rabies Vaccine Info. I'll try to help. Find information on other shots at Vaccinating Dogs: What Your Vet Won't Tell You.

Tell Me About Your Experiences with the Rabies Vaccine -- And Read Others' Stories - Please post your question or comment also at Truth4Dogs.com blog so others

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      kelsey 2 years ago

      I have never thought about my dog getting a vaccine for rabies. I wonder if that is something that he should get. I would not want to take any risks with his health. http://www.mybaysidevet.com

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      @bonital: Yes, you should concerned. With luck, your dog will be okay, but rabies

      vaccines are difficult for small dogs in the best of cases. Your vet should be

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      Reactions can occur within months of the vaccine, and even years,but most will

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      Make sure the error is recorded in your dog's file and get a copy of the

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      bonital 3 years ago

      I just got home from the vet she made a mistake and gave my yorkie a rabies shot for cats then turned around and gave him his rabies shot for dogs and said it wasn't nothing to worry about! Do I need to worry

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My dog was recently diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a horrifying neurological disorder with a very poor prognosis. IF you can get your loved one through the 4- to 6-week-long crisis, his chances of surviving beyond 6 months are 50%. And he'll probably get mesoesophagus, which means you have to hold him upright and pour food down his throat because he can't swallow for the rest of his (now short) life. Three weeks before he got sick, he had a rabies shot. All the attending physicians think that's what caused his death.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      An excellent and very informative lens. It was good to learn about Drs. Jean Dodds and Ronald Schultz and their vaccination studies. I also believe that most pet owners are vaccinating their pets more than they really need to.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i work for a Veterinary as a LVT. You CAN sue the doctor if you think that was the cause. One vet that I worked for should of NEVER been able to practice medicine. She did have someone sue him/her after the same situation. I was actually someone that testified against the doctor. I last heard that s/he moved to another state, but you can go for the damage that you suffered as well as the loss of your four-legged family member. Good luck and God bless!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Newfoundland, Ozzy, was a very healthy 11-month old puppy. At the time he received the rabies vaccine, he weighed 146 pounds, and we were about to enter CGC classes. Six days later, Ozzy had lost 15 pounds. He was increasingly lethargic, and was drooling excessively. We took him to an emergency clinic, and found that he was also running a high fever. For three days every test you can imagine was run on him. Although we were almost certain it was the rabies vaccine, we had to be sure to get the correct treatment. Everything came back negative (lungs, other organs, spine, blood tests, urine analysis), except for a very low platelet count and a non-specific fever. Even the emergency vet said it was almost certainly an immune system reaction caused by the rabies vaccine. We're treating Ozzy at home now, giving him steroids to suppress his immune system, and antibiotics, just in case some infection slipped past the six million tests. When released, Ozzy's weight had dropped again, and he had lost 21 pounds in 9 days. We've been feeding him rice and boiled chicken, with a high-calorie paste, blended and fed to him by syringe. Sometimes he accepts chicken or liver, but when his fever is up he won't eat voluntarily. He's gained back some strength, but still has difficulty urinating, and his fever keeps coming back. Today I had to drape ice water towels over him to bring his fever down. I've lost work, don't sleep much, and my best friend is so sick. I'm doing everything I can to get him better. I wish I knew how long to expect this to continue, and what chance I have to restore Ozzy's health.

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      K9Author LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Nancy, you are right to be concerned. What would I do? Get a copy of your dog's file and tell them you're switching vets. It's unthinkable to vaccinate a dog that went into shock the last time she was vaccinated. Shame on your vet. Make him/her you ex-vet and be clear about why. Even the vaccine manufacturer would advise the vet not to re-vaccinate.

      Another tactic is to tell the vet fine, you'll vaccinate, if the vet will guarantee in writing that there won't be a reaction and if there is, that the vet will pay to treat the dog at his/her facility as any other for as long as it takes to help the dog to recover and/or pay you $2000 if the dog dies. I suspect there's not a chance that the vet will agree.

      Another option is to call the vaccine manufacturer and see if they will put in writing that your dog should not be vaccinated again.

      To find a new vet, go to http://www.truth4pets.org/vets There's a list of holistic vets there. One of them will surely help. You can also write me there (click the contact tab) and I'll help further. Tell me what city and state you live in. I may know a vet who is practicing medicine -- unlike the unthinking vet you currently have.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a female pom that had the rabies shot in 2006 and went into shock, the human society is making me fill out a form to the health department along with proof from vet. I was just informed by my pets vet that I need to give her the rabies shot and refuses to sign document....I do have proof from a previous letter signed by the provider from the same vet excusing her before but now they will not do it. What can I do? I am afraid to take the chance and I do not want anything to happen to my pet. pls help me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My 1yr old English Labrador was vaccinated for rabies on July 26,2012. Immediately afterwards he had a reaction, with facial swelling, ears and hives visible under his arms and on his belly. I called my Vet immediately and directed to give him Benadryl which after two days got rid of the swelling. Shortly after this episode he attacked my other dog who he has grown up with. He is the younger dog and my older is a small lhasapoo breed only 20lbs. This happened three times and shocked me as they had never had issues before this. Friday August 10 my vaccinated dog was on my bed chewing on cardboard and I scolded him verbally and began to pick up the cardboard. He snarled and lunged and bit me on the upper arm, breaking the skin and ripping my shirt. I am devastated as this is not his temperament at all. He has not had any further outbursts but now I am extremely concerned for my other dogs safety and his well being. I contacted my vet and still waiting to hear back. I contacted a very reputable Dog Behaviorist and he told me first thing to do was consult the vet. I am now reading and learning about side effects of the rabies vaccine as I never have had this type of experience before and I have owned a few dogs in my lifetime.

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      Very interesting and useful information - I have 3 cats (one who which I just wrote a lens about being "bipolar":)), and grown up with cats, mostly strays, and always wondered about the need for vaccinations, so thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WOW after reading through all of this I am sure that all of my dog's issues come as a result of her rabies/bordatella vaccines (bordatella was a nasal application). She is an almost 11 year old cock a poo (about 20lbs) With her first rabies shot (May 2003, Da2pl +CPD+Rabies annual) she had a reaction vomitting, so the second shot (2 years later, June 2005 Da2pp + Rabies/No Lepto) she was given benedryl with it to reduce the reaction. Her third set of vaccines 18 months later (Dec 2006,Da2pp-Rabies + Bordatello nasal) Less than a week later, while staying with neighbours as we were away on holiday, she was vomitting and had diarrhea. The neighbours were very concerned and took her to the vet who then sent her to an emergency hospital, whe was hospitalized for almost 24 hours, treated with anti nausea and antibiotics for an unknown gasteral intestinal issue. Following this episode, she started constantly licking her paws and started to develop ear issues as well as a change in her demeanor with non family members. This last time she was on Vanectyl-P for an unknown lump she had on her belly and her ear issues, they also said at the time that she wouldn't need the benedryl as the Vanectyl P would act similarily for the vaccines (which she received 10 days after starting the Vanectyl P, May 2012 Rabies tri annual + Bordatell nasal) This time the reaction to the vaccines started within 12 hours, she vomitted a couple of times an hour for about 5 hours and then the diarrhea started the last few incidents of vomitting and the diarrhea were red tinged - of course this was happening from 11 pm to 5 am so I wasnt 100% keeping track of timing. I finally brought her in to an emergency hospital at 5am not wanting to wait any longer. the vet there told me he had never seen a reaction like this to the vaccine and insisted that it was something else, giardia or some other parasite. He wanted to admit her to ICU so they could monitor her run a battery of tests and charge me up to $3000, playing on my lack of sleep and telling me that he had seen otherwise healthy dogs die of similar reactions within 4 hours ... I refused his treatment suggestions but did let him do a stool sample and administer an anti nausea injection as well as rehydrating her with IV fluids, assuring him I would have her with me constantly, she is normally not happy at the vet and I didn't want to increase her anxiety with the hospital setting without a family member with her. Naturally her stool sample was negative for the number of things that he told me were likely the cause instead of my insisting that it was the rabies shot. I brought her with me to a soccer tournament she was very dozy but ended up drinking a bottle of pedialyte throughout the next 12 hours and ate a bowl of rice and within 36 hours was almost back to herself. her first stools werr still extra soft but not considered diarrhea. I will certainly not allow her to have another rabies vaccine, with the quickened onset of progressing symptoms she might not survive another vaccine.

      My question is now that she has had these vaccines and reactions, is there any way of reversing the OCD habit of paw licking, grouchiness and cronic ear issues?

      thanks

      Sandy

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      all 3 of my little dogs have had reactions but the law states yearly shots. my little chihuhuahua had a bad really bad reaction this time. weeks after the reaction stopped with vets help... now has IMHA vet said it was from the shots. she will not get shots ever again. she is kept inside away from other animals for her protection. and is on serious meds like azathoiprine and predison some others... no way for shots!!!yes! your pet can get the most serious disease a vet deals with with pets upon getting shots.tilter first before the shots it is a matter of life and death for your pet. one has no fur from the sight of shot another has tummy woes so the government needs to make it safe for our pets they demand we pay taxes then we should demand safe meds for our pets and family too!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for exposing the rabies and other vaccines for the dangerous garbage they

      are. I pray that the great god of Israel will give them what they desirve, allthem that are profitting off of gods presious creature,pagans are like their father the devil.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi my little dog Chance always get sick after a Rabies Vaccine.She is 10 years old and only weight about 7lbs.I hate for her to get them.

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      CLINICAL APPROACHES TO MANAGING AND TREATING ADVERSE VACCINE REACTIONS

      W. Jean Dodds, DVM

      HEMOPET

      938 Stanford Street

      Santa Monica, CA 90403

      (310) 828-4804;FAX (310)-453-5240

      www.hemopet.org; hemopet@hotmail.com

      Background

      There is no doubt that application of modern vaccine technology has permitted us to protect companion animals effectively against serious infectious diseases.

      Viral disease and recent vaccination with single or combination modified live-virus (MLV) vaccines, especially those containing distemper virus, adenovirus 1 or 2, and parvovirus are increasingly recognized contributors, albeit relatively rare, to immune-mediated blood disease, bone marrow failure, and organ dysfunction. Potent adjuvanted killed vaccines like those for rabies virus also can trigger immediate and delayed (vaccinosis) adverse vaccine reactions. Genetic predisposition to these disorders in humans has been linked to the leucocyte antigen D-related gene locus of the major histocompatibility complex, and is likely to have parallel associations in domestic animals.

      It must be recognized, however, that we have the luxury of asking such questions today only because the risk of disease has been effectively reduced by the widespread use of vaccination programs.

      Adverse Events Associated with Vaccination

      The clinical signs associated with vaccine reactions typically include fever, stiffness, sore joints and abdominal tenderness, susceptibility to infections, neurological disorders and encephalitis, collapse with autoagglutinated red blood cells and icterus (autoimmune hemolytic anemia, AIHA, also called immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, IMHA), or generalized petechiae and ecchymotic hemorrhages (immune-mediated thrombocytopenia , ITP). Hepatic enzymes may be markedly elevated, and liver or kidney failure may occur by itself or accompany bone marrow suppression.

      Furthermore, MLV vaccination has been associated with the development of transient seizures in puppies and adult dogs of breeds or cross-breeds susceptible to immune-mediated diseases especially those involving hematologic or endocrine tissues (e.g. AIHA, ITP, autoimmune thyroiditis). Post-vaccinal polyneuropathy is a recognized entity associated occasionally with the use of distemper, parvovirus, rabies and presumably other vaccines. This can result in various clinical signs including muscular atrophy, inhibition or interruption of neuronal control of tissue and organ function, muscular excitation, incoordination and weakness, as well as seizures.

      Certain breeds or families of dogs appear to be more susceptible to adverse vaccine reactions, particularly post-vaccinal seizures, high fevers, and painful episodes of hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD). Therefore, we have the responsibility to advise companion animal breeders and caregivers of the potential for genetically susceptible littermates and relatives to be at increased risk for similar adverse vaccine reactions. In popular (or rare) inbred and linebred animals, the breed in general can be at increased risk as illustrated in the examples below.

      Polyvalent MLV vaccines which multiply in the host elicit a stronger antigenic challenge to the animal and should mount a more effective and sustained immune response. However, this can overwhelm the immunocompromised or even a healthy host that has ongoing exposure to other environmental stimuli as well as a genetic predisposition that promotes adverse response to viral challenge. The recently weaned young puppy or kitten being placed in a new environment may be at particular risk. Furthermore, while the frequency of vaccinations is usually spaced 2-3 weeks apart, some veterinarians have advocated vaccination once a week in stressful situations; a practice makes little sense scientifically or medically.

      An augmented immune response to vaccination is seen in dogs with pre-existing inhalant allergies (atopy) to pollens. Furthermore, the increasing current problems with allergic and immunological diseases have been linked to the introduction of MLV vaccines more than 20 years ago. While other environmental factors no doubt have a contributing role, the introduction of these vaccine antigens and their environmental shedding may provide the final insult that exceeds the immunological tolerance threshold of some individuals in the pet population. The accumulated evidence indicates that vaccination protocols should no longer be considered as a âone size fits allâ program.

      In cats, while adverse vaccine reactions may be less common, aggressive tumors (fibrosarcomas) can occasionally arise at the site of vaccination. A recent study from Italy reported finding similar tumors in dogs at the injection sites of vaccinations (Vascellari et al, 2003). These investigators stated that their âstudy identified distinct similarities between canine fibrosarcomas from presumed injection sites and feline post-vaccinal fibrosarcomas, suggesting the possibility of the development of post-injection

      sarcomas not only in cats, but also in dogsâ.

      Additionally, vaccination of pet and research dogs with polyvalent vaccines containing rabies virus or rabies vaccine alone was shown to induce production of antithyroglobulin autoantibodies, a provocative and important finding with implications for the subsequent development of hypothyroidism (Scott-Moncrieff et al, 2002).

      For these special cases, appropriate alternatives to current vaccine practices include:

      1) measuring serum antibody titers;

      2) avoidance of unnecessary vaccines or over vaccinating;

      3) caution in vaccinating sick or febrile individuals; and

      4) tailoring a specific minimal vaccination protocol for dogs of breeds or families known to be at increased risk for adverse reactions.

      5) considerations include starting the vaccination series later, such as at nine or ten weeks of age when the immune system is more able to handle antigenic challenge;

      6) alerting the caregiver to pay particular attention to the puppyâs behavior and overall health after the second or subsequent boosters; and

      7) avoiding revaccination of individuals already experiencing a significant adverse event. Littermates of affected puppies should be closely monitored after receiving additional vaccines in a puppy series, as they too are at higher risk.

      Serologic Vaccine Titer Testing

      Some veterinarians have challenged the validity of using vaccine titer testing to assess the immunologic status of animals against the common, clinically important infectious diseases.

      With all due respect, this represents a misunderstanding of what has been called the âfallacy of titer testingâ, because research has shown that once an animalâs titer stabilizes it is likely to remain constant for many years. Properly immunized animals have sterilizing immunity that not only prevents clinical disease but also prevents infection, and only the presence of antibody can prevent infection. As stated by eminent expert Dr. Ronald Schultz in discussing the value of vaccine titer testing, these tests âshow that an animal with a positive test has sterilizing immunity and should be protected from infection. If that animal were vaccinated it would not respond with a significant increase in antibody titer, but may develop a hypersensitivity to vaccine components (e.g. fetal bovine serum). Furthermore, the animal doesn't need to be revaccinated and should not be revaccinated since the vaccine could cause an adverse reaction (hypersensitivity disorder). You should avoid vaccinating animals that are already protected. It is often said that the antibody level detected is âonly a snapshot in time". That's simply not true; it is more a âmotion picture that plays for years".

      Furthermore, protection as indicated by a positive titer result is not likely to suddenly drop-off unless an animal develops a medical problem such as cancer or receives high or prolonged doses of immunosuppressive drugs. Viral vaccines prompt an immune response that lasts much longer than that elicited by classic antigen. Lack of di

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      CLINICAL APPROACHES TO MANAGING AND TREATING ADVERSE VACCINE REACTIONS

      W. Jean Dodds, DVM

      HEMOPET

      938 Stanford Street

      Santa Monica, CA 90403

      (310) 828-4804;FAX (310)-453-5240

      www.hemopet.org; hemopet@hotmail.com

      Background

      There is no doubt that application of modern vaccine technology has permitted us to protect companion animals effectively against serious infectious diseases.

      Viral disease and recent vaccination with single or combination modified live-virus (MLV) vaccines, especially those containing distemper virus, adenovirus 1 or 2, and parvovirus are increasingly recognized contributors, albeit relatively rare, to immune-mediated blood disease, bone marrow failure, and organ dysfunction. Potent adjuvanted killed vaccines like those for rabies virus also can trigger immediate and delayed (vaccinosis) adverse vaccine reactions. Genetic predisposition to these disorders in humans has been linked to the leucocyte antigen D-related gene locus of the major histocompatibility complex, and is likely to have parallel associations in domestic animals.

      It must be recognized, however, that we have the luxury of asking such questions today only because the risk of disease has been effectively reduced by the widespread use of vaccination programs.

      Adverse Events Associated with Vaccination

      The clinical signs associated with vaccine reactions typically include fever, stiffness, sore joints and abdominal tenderness, susceptibility to infections, neurological disorders and encephalitis, collapse with autoagglutinated red blood cells and icterus (autoimmune hemolytic anemia, AIHA, also called immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, IMHA), or generalized petechiae and ecchymotic hemorrhages (immune-mediated thrombocytopenia , ITP). Hepatic enzymes may be markedly elevated, and liver or kidney failure may occur by itself or accompany bone marrow suppression.

      Furthermore, MLV vaccination has been associated with the development of transient seizures in puppies and adult dogs of breeds or cross-breeds susceptible to immune-mediated diseases especially those involving hematologic or endocrine tissues (e.g. AIHA, ITP, autoimmune thyroiditis). Post-vaccinal polyneuropathy is a recognized entity associated occasionally with the use of distemper, parvovirus, rabies and presumably other vaccines. This can result in various clinical signs including muscular atrophy, inhibition or interruption of neuronal control of tissue and organ function, muscular excitation, incoordination and weakness, as well as seizures.

      Certain breeds or families of dogs appear to be more susceptible to adverse vaccine reactions, particularly post-vaccinal seizures, high fevers, and painful episodes of hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD). Therefore, we have the responsibility to advise companion animal breeders and caregivers of the potential for genetically susceptible littermates and relatives to be at increased risk for similar adverse vaccine reactions. In popular (or rare) inbred and linebred animals, the breed in general can be at increased risk as illustrated in the examples below.

      Polyvalent MLV vaccines which multiply in the host elicit a stronger antigenic challenge to the animal and should mount a more effective and sustained immune response. However, this can overwhelm the immunocompromised or even a healthy host that has ongoing exposure to other environmental stimuli as well as a genetic predisposition that promotes adverse response to viral challenge. The recently weaned young puppy or kitten being placed in a new environment may be at particular risk. Furthermore, while the frequency of vaccinations is usually spaced 2-3 weeks apart, some veterinarians have advocated vaccination once a week in stressful situations; a practice makes little sense scientifically or medically.

      An augmented immune response to vaccination is seen in dogs with pre-existing inhalant allergies (atopy) to pollens. Furthermore, the increasing current problems with allergic and immunological diseases have been linked to the introduction of MLV vaccines more than 20 years ago. While other environmental factors no doubt have a contributing role, the introduction of these vaccine antigens and their environmental shedding may provide the final insult that exceeds the immunological tolerance threshold of some individuals in the pet population. The accumulated evidence indicates that vaccination protocols should no longer be considered as a âone size fits allâ program.

      In cats, while adverse vaccine reactions may be less common, aggressive tumors (fibrosarcomas) can occasionally arise at the site of vaccination. A recent study from Italy reported finding similar tumors in dogs at the injection sites of vaccinations (Vascellari et al, 2003). These investigators stated that their âstudy identified distinct similarities between canine fibrosarcomas from presumed injection sites and feline post-vaccinal fibrosarcomas, suggesting the possibility of the development of post-injection

      sarcomas not only in cats, but also in dogsâ.

      Additionally, vaccination of pet and research dogs with polyvalent vaccines containing rabies virus or rabies vaccine alone was shown to induce production of antithyroglobulin autoantibodies, a provocative and important finding with implications for the subsequent development of hypothyroidism (Scott-Moncrieff et al, 2002).

      For these special cases, appropriate alternatives to current vaccine practices include:

      1) measuring serum antibody titers;

      2) avoidance of unnecessary vaccines or over vaccinating;

      3) caution in vaccinating sick or febrile individuals; and

      4) tailoring a specific minimal vaccination protocol for dogs of breeds or families known to be at increased risk for adverse reactions.

      5) considerations include starting the vaccination series later, such as at nine or ten weeks of age when the immune system is more able to handle antigenic challenge;

      6) alerting the caregiver to pay particular attention to the puppyâs behavior and overall health after the second or subsequent boosters; and

      7) avoiding revaccination of individuals already experiencing a significant adverse event. Littermates of affected puppies should be closely monitored after receiving additional vaccines in a puppy series, as they too are at higher risk.

      Serologic Vaccine Titer Testing

      Some veterinarians have challenged the validity of using vaccine titer testing to assess the immunologic status of animals against the common, clinically important infectious diseases.

      With all due respect, this represents a misunderstanding of what has been called the âfallacy of titer testingâ, because research has shown that once an animalâs titer stabilizes it is likely to remain constant for many years. Properly immunized animals have sterilizing immunity that not only prevents clinical disease but also prevents infection, and only the presence of antibody can prevent infection. As stated by eminent expert Dr. Ronald Schultz in discussing the value of vaccine titer testing, these tests âshow that an animal with a positive test has sterilizing immunity and should be protected from infection. If that animal were vaccinated it would not respond with a significant increase in antibody titer, but may develop a hypersensitivity to vaccine components (e.g. fetal bovine serum). Furthermore, the animal doesn't need to be revaccinated and should not be revaccinated since the vaccine could cause an adverse reaction (hypersensitivity disorder). You should avoid vaccinating animals that are already protected. It is often said that the antibody level detected is âonly a snapshot in time". That's simply not true; it is more a âmotion picture that plays for years".

      Furthermore, protection as indicated by a positive titer result is not likely to suddenly drop-off unless an animal develops a medical problem such as cancer or receives high or prolonged doses of immunosuppressive drugs. Viral vaccines prompt an immune response that lasts much longer than that elicited by classic antigen. Lack of di

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I gave my German shepherd the rabies vaccine. She became aggressive toward other dogs and foamed at the mouth during walks. I did not the it to the vaccine until I gave her her next vaccine at five years old and within one week, she visciously attacked my four year old child. I think she would ave killed my child if I had not been there. So sad as they had grown up together. Thankfully my child has recovered but we had to euthanize the other member of the family. Damn rabies vaccine.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dear Jan, Thank you so much for all that you are doing to get the work out. I love your video, but found it too late for our male dog. He died in one week after a rabies vaccine given to him by the Vet who gave him a clean bill of health prior to administering the vaccine last Tuesday. He was not eating by Sunday night, and was no longer his bouncing, bubbly self. So Monday when we took him to the vet to have the lack of appetite, and energy noted in his file, we were shocked to hear that his red blood cell count was at 17, and he was on deaths door. His gums were yellow and he began to urinate blood! The vet gave him steroids to boost his immune system, and a blood transfusion to hold him over until the meds could kick in. He said the transfusion we will generally see an increase in red blood cells, but Toby's levels dropped to 10. So on Tuesday morning he was given another blood transfusion and again continued to fail! By Tuesday eve the vet said Toby was totally unresponsive and if he should improve at that point (to which he said was slim to none)⦠he would never be the same. It gave us no choice but to put him down. He never leaves our sight, or our fenced yard, (Except for his shots) He eats home made food. His white blood cell count was good, and the vet said there was no internal bleeding. We can not come up with any other explanation for his sudden death other then the rabies vaccine last Tuesday! Our female did not get the shot and she is fine! Our vet never told us that there is a test to see if they really need the vaccine, or that you can request it without mercury! I was shocked to realize there are worse side effects then death!

      A woman just posted that her vaccinated dog just killed her other dog 4 days after a Rabies vaccine! She said the dogs had been together for years without any problems.

      She may have to have the vaccinated dog put down, if she has small children in the house, so she may lose both dogs in a heart beat!

      I like most people, work full time and do not have the time to fight for my dogs rights. I read that the reaction should be reported to the drug company by our Vet, and when telling the vet what I read, he asked me to send him the link? So it seems he is not aware or ever plans to report side effects to anyone!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My cat was sterilised and given the rabies vaccine straight after by the vet when she was still poor after the surgery. She was even given 2 other vaccines at same time. 2 hrs later she died in my arms after vomiting the night before and slowly becoming paralysed. The last stage happened very quickly. I did not know that you shouldn't give the vaccine after surgery I trusted the vet that he knew what he did, and that you should not combine vaccines but when I read this article I feel more assure that the vet did wrong. No words can explain the heartbreak i feel as I think this vet acted extremely irresponsible.

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      Dog_Guy 6 years ago

      you brought up a couple of points very few people know - that cats can get rabies and that it is supposed to be extinct in 2007. I guess thats why they still make it compulsory but of course that doesnt include stray dogs. Thanks for the information!

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      TheGourmetCoffe 6 years ago

      Very good information, interesting lens, deal with the vaccination matter yearly for our Siberian Huskies and it is a concern but a requirement to do as responsible dog owners. Thankfully, have not had to deal with serious reactions or emergencies. thank you for sharing. your insights.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My now 10yr old lab had 1st booster shot along with rabies shot in 2003 and then again had booster along with rabies shots on Aug 27th 2004. Well in Oct 7 2004 she developed chronic ear infections along with itchiness and licking hot spots. Vet told me she had allergies. She has gotten progressively worse to the point of extreme hair loss and scaly black crusty skin mainly on her whole belly. Feel very bad for her. I've tried everything but nothing seemed to help. I never even thought that her vaccinations could have caused this problem. Now I know why there are so many dog food products coming out on the market for dogs labelled with allergies.

      Just brough home another lab puppy. The breeder gave her first booster, but that is all she will be getting. Even though the vets tell me how labs are prone to so many health problems including allergies...ya right

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      profilesincolor 6 years ago

      Thoughtful lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      AMK LM 6 years ago

      found this squid via google. did not even search on squidoo so thats good for you to know! otherwize: my belgian shepherd got the rabies vacination last week and he vomited all day. he even became over agressive to strangers. Now he seems fine although eats less? Vet says its not the vacination, but I am inclined to disagree since he is normaly a very calm dog for the groendahl breed.

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      Hmmmm... I've never really heard this. I know with any vaccine there are risks, but I didn't realize it was so bad with rabies. All 4 of my dogs have had the vaccine, and we've had no reaction.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You need to spend more space discussing VAS in cats. It killed my cat and many, many more. We tried to do what is best for them and it comes back to take their lives.

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      speaktolearn 6 years ago

      I guess I have to be more careful with my pet.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      our cat was taken to the vet for her asmatha shot and we told the vet to not give Lilly a rabies shot because she has experienced adverse reactions to it before. He was less then kind when we refused the shot. He told us he would report us to the town if we refused. He did report us and we were forced to have Lilly vacinated and guess what she did have an adverse reaction to the shot. Our hands are tied with this vet "Mr. God"

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I hear the 3 year shot has a higher risk of firbrocarcinoma than the yearly shot.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I gave took my dog, Tina, to the vet to have her rabies vaccine on May 3. We had to put her down on May 18. Within 36 hours she began having muscle issues and her back legs both went out from under her. I got her up and walking. She continued to walk strangely on one leg, but the other seemed stronger. She was eating and had not other difficulties so we just watched her and kept her going. Within a week, she suddenly stopped eating most of her food and she began limping on the other leg. I made an appointment with a specialist to take her in thinking something had happened to her. She had a malignant carcinoma removed a year ago and they thought they got it all. The morning of her appointment she got up at 3:30 am to go to the bathroom. It is the last time she was able to stand on her back legs. She started throwing up, had a seizure, and starting wetting herself. I am absolutely beside myself and just don't understand how this happened. She went from being an active dog, running and playing tug of war, rough housing with my husband to having to be put down within 2 weeks. The specialist said her nervous system had been affected and she would never fully recover. She would have to be on medication for the seizures and she would not recover the use of her back legs. They gave her the vaccine (a different vet) in her rear leg/hip area. I have no way of proving is was the vaccine, but I believe it is too coincidental.

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      itsmuzza2011 6 years ago

      not ever needed to give my animals one so far, ive probably needed one myself but i am mad after all, great lens very good information and im sure people will take a lot from it well done

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Just did a lens on Top 20 reasons you might be a Crazy Cat Lady, so I thought I would check out some other animal lenses. Nice lens! good information.

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      thanks for the info. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow, I can't beleive what I am reading. You see I just went through all of this with my Pug, who was my bestfriend. His name was Norman. He was fine Saturday morning, We took him and our other dog to the vets for their shots. Our other dogs name is Jinxy. He is an English Cocker Spainel. Jinxy is in great shape, but Norman was a rescue dog so we didn't know everything about his background. But we did know that he was partallly paralized from about mid to lower back. He did have feeling in his hind legs but he dragged them. We tried putting him in a wheelchair, But poor Norman kept ending up with one wheel on the wall and one on the floor! He only had one eye too so I don't know if that had anything to do with it or not. But he was loved so very much by both my husband and myself. You see, I have MS and I can't do to much anymore and Norman was very happy just to be wheerever I was. Anyways, We took both the dogs up to the vets to get their shots. I told the vet that I thought Norman was urinating more then normal, (I had to help him both pee and poop) because he could not go to the bathroom by himself. So She took a urine sample. Both dogs got their rabies shots and everything seemed fine. They gave me a precription for some antibiotics for Norman and said if he starts throwing up, give him some yogart. well, I gave Norman his medicine and sure enough a few hours later he started throwing up and I don't mean just a little bit. It was a lot. But I trusted my vet and I put him on our bed where he always sleeps (right next to me) and the next morning our bed was covered in vomit. I tried his medicine one more time and he threw up like a volcano. I called my vet and told her the yogart thing wasn't working and what should I do? They decided to change his medicine, but it was to late, by that night he was no longer eating anything. Not even his favorite dog biscut. I decided to call the vet the very next morning and bring him to her to see what could be done. Well, when I woke up, Norman was in a grand mal seizure, he wa so stiff I thought he was dead until I heard him do a little snort. I immedeitly called my vet and she told me not to take him there that he needed to see a neuroligist that was is an hour or two away, I knew I didn't have that much time. She finally said you can take him to another hospital that had an emergency room but she had delt with dogs that had seizures before and she refused to help Norman, Her patient! She said she had appointments coming in about every twenty minutes. So I hung up and called my husband who came home from work imedeitalty. We took Norman to the other animal hospital where they tried very hard to save his life, but it was to late. He had another grand mal seizure and you could tell the life in him was gone. So I asked the vet what should we do and she said if it was her dog she would mercifly put him to sleep. I cried and cried, but I knew I had to let my bestfriend go. They brought him in for a last visit with my husband and I. I held him as they put him to sleep. I knew when he was gone because he had stopped snorting. But the vet had to check his heart anyways. We brought our baby boy home and daddy made him a beautiful wooden casket, handles and all. and I completly finished the inside with blue and silver silk cloth. He had a mattress, blanket and pillow, plus a few of his favorite cookies (dog bones and becon strips. We love you Norman, Daddy and I are looking into what the vet did to you. You did not die in vane. bye bye my baby.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My 2 1/2 yr old Female Yorkie was having redness under "armpits" from what was diagnosed last year as common pollen allergy. While there at the vets office who has been there for 30 years, they informed my that Maggie was way overdue for her parvo,distemper, etc. combo shot and her rabies. They put them in one needle and did the shot. She has always had more energy than you can imagine. Now, 8 hours later she is still motionless. She will stand if I pick her up and set her on the ground but will not move. Something is up and I she has had nothing to eat or drink. This is some type fo reaction. All I want to know is will it go away in a day or so or is this a bad thing? She is litterally our child. I know, sounds weird but it would be treated like a death of a real human almost if anything happens. Scared to death here. I am up in the middle of the night searching for answers. The vet will not answer his phone.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My cat was always happy, healthy and active. Wanting to do the right thing and take him to a vet, which he's never been to before, I found a clean veternarian clinic and they stated it was the law for him to have a rabies shot. Not wanting to break the "law" I allowed them to give him a rabies vaccine. His face swelled up, he didn't eat for 24 hours, he slept (almost comotosed) for 24 hours. Now that he's passed that stage, he vomits almost everyday!! Tigger also seems to be clumsy sometimes. Tigger is 6-7 years old and I've NEVER, NEVER had an issue with his health until AFTER taking him to a vet (because of the LAW requiring a RABIES VACCINE!!) Bull-shit, if I may say so myself!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks to the information like what is on your site, a client decided against rabies vaccine last year.

      Last week their cat was brought in for exam due to a bite by an unknown animal, it now is developing the symptoms of rabies.

      It will most likely die or have to be euthanized, it's head removed and sent in for examination while the family undergoes rabies treatment until the results are available.

      Great work.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Been here before. Very good information to know. Blessed by an April Fools angel. See this featured on my April Fools Angel Blessing as soon as it is published. Your blessing is coming first. So check back.

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      greytdogz 6 years ago

      Years ago, I had a cat that developed cancer from being vaccinated. Although she survived the MAJOR surgery that was required to get rid of the cancer, it was very stressful for everyone. She lived another 5 years without anymore vaccinations.

      Since then, I only give my pets the Rabies vaccine and only because it is required by law.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My 22mth old dauschund received her rabies, distemper, and lyme vaccines today. I was told that she would be tired, but she is shivering, and unable to go down stairs, I have to carry her. Also, her tail is in between her legs and if you look underneath her tail, her bum looks swollen. She's never had a lyme vaccine before so when I searched for common side effects of the lyme vaccine I found all of these articles about how controversial it is. I am so upset right now. I called her vet and she prescribed a pain medicine, carprofen to help with her pain. I had no idea the risks of the lyme vaccine, or any vaccine and I am in tears. She is on my lap right now, extremely lethargic, and still shivering. I feel like this is all my fault. We live in a high tick area so I thought I would vaccinate her to be safe. I had no idea that she shouldn't get these vaccines all together also. I will probably end up at the ER tonight if she gets any worse.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello, Jan, As I write this I am very ,very upset. I have a 4 year oild malti-poo, who just had his 3rd rabies, each time he has an adverse reaction, and I ? the vet and animal control about what he has gone through, but they insist they cannot accept a titer test. He is having another reaction, and we are not wealthy people who can go to emergency on the weekends. Our vet had already left after the shot, I find it irresponsible that our vet knew our dog has a reaction, and let hom come home right away,and then left with no answer of our emergency call. I called animal control, told them off ,AGAIN, and they said the rabies shot doesnt even go to their organization? Sorrt ,so upset, but I love my pet like a family member and don't want to ever vaccinate again!!!Even if it means we'll have to do our own grooming etc. Thanks for listening and for all you do to help others!!! Jennifer

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My small , 22#, Pic-a-poo has had a major reaction to yearly shots. Lost of motor movements and wants to sleep too much. Has lost energy and does not want to play/ take walks. Has been four days since shots and a little improvement. But still have concerns of future problems.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have 2 Pomeranians. The femail is 12 lbs and has shown no effects to the rabies vaccination. The mail is 9 lbs and has been in pain from a day to a full week every time he's gotten the vaccination. We didn't tie it to gether the 1st time, when he was a puppy, becase it was over 1 week before he started crying and not moving. That went on for over week and slowly he was ok. The 2nd shot symptoms kicked in 1-2 days later and we thought it was a strange cooincicence, but told the vet anyway. We just took him in for his 3rd shot, obviously 3 years after the last shot, and she gave him benedryl at the same time. It didn't help. We brought him home and he started crying and his eyes were tearing within 4 hours. It's now 1 day later and he's better, but still not himself. He's still "stiff" sitting and walking and wanting us to hold him all the time. If we're not holding him, he's kind of laying behind things. I will be applying for a pass on the rabies vaccine before they give it to either of our dogs again. I'm just glad we have 3 years before then.

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      thetruthtosixpackabs 6 years ago

      Thank you for the information I had no idea that it could be hazardous to get the rabies shots.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My cat is 5 lbs. She is due for a 3 month rabies shot in July but the town says to get her license she should have got her 3 year shot last November. Is this safe?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Prior to a proposed trip to the USA from Canada, the vet gave our 13 year old MaltiPoo a

      reduced rabies vaccine shot. Within a week our dog - who is also on medication for Addisons - started to lose her hair and was diagnosed with Demodex mites. A year later, we are still having to treat her for this condition. Why can't the border personnel accept titer test results?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Precious who is now almost 2 years old had a very serious reaction to the rabies vaccine. When she was 4 months old we took her in for her shots that were due. She got her rabies vaccine around 5pm and we went home shortly after that. Precious and our other dog, Daisy started playing in the yard. All the sudden Daisy (who was 17 pounds) jumped on Precious (who was 10 pounds at this time) and she went into running in circles, yipping, and then crashed into the door and pooped all over herself. Our first thought was Daisy had hit the spot that Precious got her vaccine at. We took them both inside and gave Precious a bath. I then brought her into the bedroom and was brushing her. It was almost 7pm when all the sudden she went into a full grandmal seizure and then stopped. She was unconscious. I screamed at my husband and started carrying Precious downstairs. My husband took Precious from me and I grabbed the phone and called the vet's office. The tech was there and said our vet had just left. I told her what was going on and she said bring Precious right over. We carried her to the car and took off. We got there and the tech took Precious back and about that time Precious went into another seizure. Within a couple of minutes our vet arrived and started treating Precious. That night was a long night. We were later informed by our vet that he almost lost Precious 3 times that night.

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      thescubadude 6 years ago

      This a really brilliantly written lens! Would you consider doing a guest post for our dog products website blog? I could pay you modest amount for an article.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      where on earth do you people live!!!!!!!!???????????? i live in canada and dogs and cats dont die from rabies shot or any shots they dont get bad reactions either. they just rest for a few hours or one day. than just go back to normal!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a 9 year old golden retriever. he has always been getting his 3 year shots. and still is healthy and active! after his shots he does get tired for a day but the next morning he gets active again. im so glad

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      In the list of possible side effects there is "anaphylactic shot". It should be "anaphylactic shock".

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      Jacqueline Marshall 7 years ago from Chicago area

      Great information and well done lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a 2 1/2 yr old JRT. In March 2010 she received her regular vaccinations which included a rabies shot. In May of 2010 she has a run in with a opossum. She did not kill it but did injure it so I called animal control to come pick up the injured animal. My dog was not injured at all however animal control placed her on a 10 day quarantine and required me to revaccinate her rabies even though it had just been done in March. My vet willingly gave the vaccination without any warning of side effects. About a month and a half after this incident I started noticing my dog limping and not being able to jump. No trauma was involved but an x-ray showed some small buldging of the discs in the hind end. We were seeing a chiropractor for this but with no improvement. In addition to the limping she developed a ulcer type sore on the end of her tounge, licking her paws, small sores on the inside of her ears, shivering, sometimes running a fever of 103, very little activity, and often isolates herself to her crate. Prior to this incident she was a dog that was constantly on my heels and very active typical JRT. I have had lab tests that have come back showing nothing abnormal and recently a coombs test to check for autoimmune disease. This also came back negative. So far I have seen two different vets and neither of them seem to have an answer for me. Could all these symptoms be related to the rabies shots she received?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Barbara Crane

      I have a purebred yorkshire terrier named Sahara. When she was 2 years old I took her for her second rabies shot and that evening when we were watching TV she had a bad reaction. She started breathing heavy and shaking for a hour straight. She developed allergies which made her scratch constantly, rub her face and gnaw her paws.The vet had me desensitize her by injecting her with everything she was allergic to. Never do this to your dog ever. She got way worse. She developed pussy sores, her hair got greasy, her skin turned brown in some areas, her itching got 200 times worse and she went bald in many areas.She couldn't sleep and I couldn't either. I took her to a Holistic vet who told me that our dogs do not need anything. The vaccines are only to feed the drug companies and the dog food has no nutrients in it at all. She was suprised that I never fed my dog, dog food . she always ate human food and looked very heathly until her reaction. This vet helped me save her. The only thing she couldn't figure out was why her skin was so bad. I asked her if it could be a yeast infection, but she wasn't sure. I was still frustated that she was still so bad and that the holistic vet couldn't put her finger on the problem. I did hours of reseach on the internet and found out a lot of information on what has happened to my little pooch. I found out that the allergic reaction from the vaccine causes their immune systems to go into overdrive and in return damages their immune system. Therefore everything they come into contact with, they are allergic to because their immune system is always attacking them. The first vet had me inject her.well how do you inject her with substances that she is allergic to when her immune system has been compromised. The injections are what made her worse. From my own reseach I still felt that she had a yeast infection which is one of the side effects. I elected to take her to a 3rd vet which knew about yeast infections. Many more test were done.After thousands of dollars spent, what do you think her problem was. From my own reseach I accually diagnosed my own dog. First she took the reaction which put her immune system into overdrive, then she developed a yeast infection. We first treated the infection with antibiotics, antifungal cream for her scabs and antifungal shampoo. Once the yeast infection was gone the vet put her on an immune suppressent called atopica. She still itches , but not as bad and all her hair is back except for the hair that she wore off under her armpits that may never come back.Our Canadian Government knows that this vaccine kills our dogs immune systems and causes us and our animals alot of grief. The Goverment forces us to get this vaccine and should be responsible for any cost that we incur. All dogs big or small get the same dose, but the vet that I have now, gives a smaller dose to the smaller dogs. I have heard stories of bigger dogs dying from this vaccine and am lucky to say that my little Sahara is still with me .Her 4th birthday is coming up and I plan to have many more. Vets should have to let owners know about the side effects of this vaccine and let us choose for ourselves and the Government should be held responsible. I hope this helps people understand a bit more about what is really going on. Spread the word and more animals will be saved.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I saw a man infected by rabies, I also saw a documentary about rabies. Thanks for creating more awareness. Great Lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice information. Thanks for this lens

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wow, this is good information to know. Thank goodness my dog didn't have a reaction to the shot. Excellent lens! Thumb up!

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Such a lot of sadness... so sorry to hear of pets maimed by these vaccinations!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my cat severely reacted to the vaccine 2 days later. The third day she supposedly died. The symptoms she experienced though were vomiting, and huge pain inside her stomache. Maybe thats why she didn't move for 2 days... They should warn us of the vaccine dangers better.

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      K9Author LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Mary Beth, your county laws are killing your dog. Every state has three year laws now. More and more states have medical exemptions for dogs like yours. You can change the law. See www.dogs4dogs.com/rabies-laws

      Why is your dog getting other shots? Please see the articles at www.truth4dogs.com, especially the one about Eliminating Unnecessary Shots.

      Find a vet willing to fight to keep your dog from being vaccinated. Also, you need a vet skilled in homeopathy. See the referral lists at www.dogs4dogs.com/vet Homeopathy is your dog's best chance for recovery.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My male Chihuahua (Skippy) has been with me since March 2000 when he was 12 weeks old. He has always been very well behaved, highly responsive, intelligent, and sociable. He has traveled with us everywhere and never even barks â just a happy wagging little guy.

      Our old Vet had told me to only get the Rabies shot every 3 years because he had what I describe as âlost his mindâ after the 2007 Rabies shot. He never did get back all his faculties, but he was functional and seemed pretty happy. I even get his other shots a few months before the Rabies to be careful.

      About 4 months ago when he had his last Rabies shot in March 2010 and started acting funny. Even after the first few week of âdonât touch meâ, he started avoiding my husband and me, looking at or through) us like he was drugged, staring at us as if we were monsters while trembling with his ears back, tail tucked and back arched. Then he began jumping when I was holding him, as if something hurt, but I could not figure out what it was. I had told the new vet that he gets sick from it, but he insisted on giving him the shot because our County law states Rabies shots have to be given every year. Now he stiffens up and tries to jump from my arms screaming and trembling with his back curved, his front paws grabbing me while pushing me away with his back legs. I gently put him down and he looks back with wide eyes like Iâve done something horrible to him. He was never dropped and I have held him the same way for years. The new Vet says he seems to be in good physical shape, but he does not live with him and know how he was before and how he acts at home now.

      Is there anything I can do to help get my dog back?

      Please help me!!! I love my little guy. And I miss him.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My oldest dog has always had a bad reaction to ALL vaccines. She vomits and acts sick for 2 weeks after. I told my Vet and their answer was to give my dog an antihistimine shot 20 minutes before the vaccines. I am AGAINST all vaccines. I have studied holistic health for cats and dogs for 15 years and it is my experience that vaccines shorten the lives of the animals. Now, the City where I have resided for 45 years is requiring Rabies vaccines for cats. I am stunned at their stupidity and lack of education about vaccines. I am going to fight it. Someone has to look out for the cats who can't speak for themselves.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: TJS, I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you'll take action to keep others from experiencing your pain. 1) Call the manufacturer of the vaccine. Get the brand name and lot # from your vet. The are obligated to report the death to the USDA. This is very important. 2) Report your vet for failure to provide informed consent before vaccinating to your state veterinary medical board. Google "Texas" or whatever and "veterinary" and "board" and you should find a link. 3) Get involved with the Rabies Challenge Fund study of the rabies vaccine. www.rabieschallengefund.org Help make this shot safer.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Our puppy was vaccinated with a rabies shot on a Friday and had adverse reactions, a fever, loss of appetite, energy and finally Monday had a high fever and passed away, it was very sad and the vet took no responsibility nor warned us of side effects......

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Our 5 year old Maltese died when she was given a rabies vaccine, and 5 others on the same visit. The vet told us it was probably a reaction to the rabies vaccine. I will always believe that our dog was over vaccinated and I will NEVER allow a vet give any of our pets more that one vaccine at a time and I will weigh carefully the need for any vaccine!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I am a Homeopathic Practitioner. I have never 'blogged' before but, I could not let your comments go with out sharing some information with you. I work with humans and animals and my main focus in the practice is the secondary residual effects of vaccines and other medications. The preliminary stages of treatment involve a full health history of human or animal. This includes any medication or vaccine they ever took. Then I give the Homeoapthic of these in reverse chronological order. This helps "clear" the harmful effects on the body. Which is a huge obstacle to cure and most don't realize this. I am so sorry for your precious dashhound. If you would like to know more or have any questions, feel free to contact me. Best, Kristina www.TheVitalForce.Net 888-587-9991

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      Shibamom LM 7 years ago

      Excellent lens with valuable information. Thank you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: You may be able to get a medical exemption for your dog. Check out the state laws at www.dogs4dogs.com/rabies-laws to see if your state allows exemptions.

      Your dog may have a long-term adverse reaction. The only way I know to help with that is with homeopathy. There are referral lists to vets with homeopathy experience at www.dogs4dogs.com/vet

      It is unlikely that Lola even needs additional shots, especially for the puppy series. She is an adult and should have lifetime immunity. You can test titers for the two most important diseases: parvovirus and distemper Read more at http://www.truth4dogs.com

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, two shots in two months can cause major health problems. Why did this happen? If one vet did it, complain to your state veterinary medical association.

      Find a vet trained in homeopathy to help your dog. There's a referral list at www.dogs4dogs.com/vet If you can't find one, write me. You'll find my contact info there.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @VarietyWriter2: Thank you!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my dog has had 2 rabies shots in the past two months i was just wondering if this could hurt him

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      How do people who have pets and no money take care of them in this economy? The acc told me to surrender my animals I would need to pay $35 each if I had $70 I could buy food for them.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: We just had a similar incident with our 7 year old Malamute husky mix. Took him into the vet for his rabies shot on Saturday morning. Didn't notice anything wrong until today, 4 days after the shot, when we came home from work to find that he had killed one of our other dogs. This was a dog that was so lazy and laid back that we trusted him with children of all ages. He had lived peacefully for two years with this other dog. The other dog fought back, and inflicted some serious wounds also, so we had to have the dog with the new rabies shot put down also. We are heartbroken and just sick about this. I'd never heard of something like this before. The vet gave us no warnings at all.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi every1. I have a toy datshund..she got her first..and ONLY rabies shot in 2005. our tiny love developed hives within an hour after admisnistration. we called the vert brought her to the vet and she went into respiratory arrest. She was placed on life support and given valium for seizures. We left the vet with a dog who seemed as though she stroked out. Could not walk, see, hear and could barly breathe. We took her to another vet, she recieved a bag of IV fluid into her side..kinda like a water poch, the vet said she would not be able to drink for days and to prevent dehdration the fluid would get absorbed. NEVER will I vaccinate another animal. She has many many health related problems and she will not live long. Heidi is a house dog period. never is she near bats or racoons. The rabies law is a way to generate revenu for those whom are no where near risk of exposure. look up latest statistics. no one has had a case of rabies in So. Calif in decades.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My 2 1/2 year old Lhasa Apso got the "3 year" rabies vaccine 3 days ago....within hours she developed all the symptoms mentioned in the 1st parragraph: swollen face/eyes, labored breathing, lethargy, vomiting. Luckily, my wife was home at the time and rushed her back to the vet. There she got benadryl and a cortisone shot. She had hives for about 24 hours, and kept vomiting and not eating for almost 3 days. She finally woke up better yesterday, and seems to be back to her normal self. I am a physician, and sometimes wonder if vets really know what they are doing. I guess no more vaccines for little Lola.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I lost my Daisy, a 10 year old collie/hound mix two days ago. On March 17 she had a 3 year Rabies booster. At that time the vet examined her and did a urinalysis and proclaimed her to be in excellent and remarkable health for a 10 year old dog. Two days later she had signs of a urinary tract infectionâ¦her first one ever and her first illness ever. That night (a Friday) we took her to an emergency animal clinic. They did urinalysis and found her creatin and bun levels slightly elevated and her urine dilute. They put her on a low dose of antibiotics which after 4 days didnât seem to help.

      After the weekend we took her back to her regular vet who kept her on the same antibiotics along with Rimadyl. She became violently ill from the Rimadyl (vomiting) and the vet switched her to prednisone with no delay from taking the Rimadyl. We learned from a later vet that this is a big NO NO.

      Daisy did not improve and after 2 weeks of being jerked around by the vet who gave her the Rabies shot in the first place so we took her to a new vet. Like the original vet and the emergency vet, the new vet vehemently denied that the Rabies shot could have cause Daisyâs illness.

      However, this vet was alarmed to find Daisyâs bladder was full and really extended. Any urine she passed seemed to be from overflow. The vet evacuated the bladder and did an x-ray and ultrasound. The ultrasound showed a lot of fine sludge in Daisyâs bladder but no blockage. The x-ray also showed no blockage but the vet became fixated on the notion that she saw a herniated disk on the x-ray and it was pinching off the nerve controlling the bladder. That may have been the case but the x-ray is not a definitive test for diagnosing herniated or slipped disks. No further tests were ordered. She prescribed a higher dose of antibiotics and steroids again and Daisy became what we thought was incontinent but in reality her bladder was full all the time and was simply overflowing. We didnât know it but she could not urinate on her own at all.

      We took her back to the vet when we became aware her bladder was terribly extended again and she was in pain all the time. The steroids had apparently done nothing for the âherniated disk.â The vet catheterized Daisy and removed nearly a half gallon of murky, orange urine. She did a urinalysis and the slide was nothing but bacteriaâ¦like the orange urine also indicated to the naked eye. It was clear to me that Daisyâs kidneys had not been working for some time and that she was in renal failure. The vet stuck with her pinched nerve/herniated disk theory. She told us if we needed to make a hard decision about Daisy before she suffered more. We had Daisy put down the next day.

      I believe the Rabies shot started off this 6 week long decline in Daisyâs health and eventually led to the kidney infection and renal failure which killed my baby.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My greyhound JJ received his rabies shot last Monday. The next day he began to have organge colored bowel movements{liquid and slimey} ; his urine was a yucky brown color. JJ became very rigid and could barely walk. Over the next week he would not eat, barely drank and ran a moderate fever [39.5 to 40].

      I took him to the vet and JJ was hopitazlied. His urine billyrubin levels were high as well as his blood level of another compound [CK test ...something like that] which indicated 'muscle damage'. The Vets who saw JJ think there is a correlation to the rabies shot and have asked for the information on the vaccine - from the vet who injected the vaccine - so they can report it to the drug company in hopes of reimbursing my vet expenses.

      JJ is improving [symptoms] as he received IV and anti inflamatories. He still will not eat his food which worries me. I'm schedules to pick JJ up this afternoon . I don't think he is out of the woods yet.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My 2 year old boxer got a rabies shot on Tuesday. Wed. & Thurs he would not eat, slept a lot, started shaking, and on Friday he began throwing up. Vet gave him Amoxicillin and sedatives, and he became severely worse. Asked the Vet if it could be the rabies shot since he was very well before, but he said it was a "virus" However, he wanted to X-ray and perform surgery in case of a blockage. He found the nerves to his colon had totally stopped working & he was dying. I know in my heart that this was a reaction to the shot. He was only 2 years old. It was a horrible death.

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      pet_health_expert 7 years ago

      While looking for âThe Rabies Vaccine for Dogs and Cats: What You Need to Know Now â, read your article also liked "dog health" good article, this is a excellent squidoo site Thank you

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: My cat had the same thing last year. Her tumor was removed and thankfully not cancerous. She is now due for another rabies shot and I am not going to get it. They keep bugging me about it, but I am not gonna do it. How did things turn out for your cat?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It would be interesting to know if the dogs and/or cats that experienced problems with the Rabies Vaccine was given the 1 year or the 3 year Vaccine.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I had my 12 lb Schipperkee female get her rabies vaccine yesterday, today she is shaky, refuses to eat or drink. She has trouble walking and is hunched in pain. I have told the vet that she can only have 1 shot at a time due to being sensitive and getting sick from the shots. I only got the rabies done yesterday and no other shots. Last year she did not react so badly with only the rabies other than being sick for a day or so. She even tried to bite me when I gently touched her legs to get her to come out of the crate to try to go to th e bathroom, she usually runs out and is a happy go lucky dog who has never tried to bite! I called the vet and they told me it should get better and that they by law had to have rabies vaccine in stock and they have the one they use on back order so the one in stock is one they stopped using 4 years ago due to issues with it.!! They did not even inform me of this, and to make it worse when I complained that why would they use it on an animal that they know has issues with being sensitive to vaccines without asking me first, they said no mention of her being sensitive on her file!! I even told them that day she was!! I am so angry and upset and afraid for her I am beside myself. I am giving her water with a dropper to get fluids into her. What can I do ?? She was giving Merial K/MLV killed virus lot 18094. She had to have the shot to get spayed in July. I hate shots, the laws make you get them. This is not right ! I don't even want to go to the vet as I no longer trust them.

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      burgesspetcare 7 years ago

      Excellent lens with great information. Keep up the good work.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My 5 year old Pekingese had gotten all of her shots on Friday around 3pm and by Friday night at 11 pm, she was running like crazy, chewing her front paws, snapping at me and acting wild, I saw the injection site it was blood and purple color on her right side just above the front leg, I had never heard of a reaction I just thought the meds did not go in to the muscle, I went on line for research and found all of the information on how dangerous, I was sitting in the vet parking lot on Sat am when they came in with her in my arms, they gave her a steroid shot and said the maker of the RABIES meds had changed to another company and she was the second one with a reaction, now it is Sun. and she is just laying around, I am so so scared, as you are this dog is like a child to my husband and I and we would morgage our house to save her, please advise what I should do next, go back to my vet or get another opionion. I love the vet we use and I do not blame her but no warnings were EVER GIVEN TO ME IF SO I WOULD HAVE NOT GOT THE shot.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My Cockapoo contracted vasculitis after her rabies vaccination. We would have never known without the skin biopsy we took. The original diagnosis was allergies or mange- but this was much worse. We were sick about it - we almost lost her. She will be on small dosages of prednisone forever. She is banned from the groomer and doggie day care center and I have not reapplied for her city license with the vaccination proof.

      I would never endanger her life again. We will just continue to keep her safe and sound.

      Thank God for Pet insurance, this has cost thousands. I don't know what I would have done, because she is worth every penny.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I took my 4 pound Toy Poodle for his Rabies Vaccination on March 6, 2010 and the next day he started having seizures. In the 2 weeks since he got the shot he has had over 30 seizures and is very wobbly. Falls when he lifts his leg to pee, Can no longer sit to beg, he falls over. Reminds me of a person with advanced Parkinson's Disease the way his head constantly shakes.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Reaction to Rabies Vaccination on March 5, 2010:

      Hello, My 16 pound Lhasapoo mix got a rabies shot on Friday, March 5, 2010. Her weekend was primarily spent just sleeping. She seemed fairly normal on Monday, but didnât have her usual energy. On Tuesday she had no energy, no appetite, and drank little water. On Wednesday and Thursday, she was shaking all over and would try to move and walk but her little body would just freeze in position for two or three minutes at a time and she would turn her head to the right side. She was not eating or drinking. When she would try to walk, she was wobbly and unstable. She almost fell over trying to go potty. She looked very sad in her eyes. A few times when I would try to pick her up, she would scream in pain. I took her to the vet on Friday March 12 (one week after her shot). They did x-rays and blood work and a full body examination. The vet couldnât find any specific cause for her symptoms, but said she did have an elevated white blood count. We were told this was indicative of an infection, although the vet had seen no other signs of infection and didnât know where it may be. The vet prescribed a âbroad spectrumâ antibiotic (Amoxicillin) and some pain medication (Rimadyl). We asked if the symptoms could be related to the rabies shot a week earlier, and were told that reactions to the shot were very rare, occurred within a day, and were usually limited to an upset stomach and lethargy.

      Iâm thankful to report that with ten days having passed following her rabies shot, sheâs almost back to normal. For a couple of days I was very upset and afraid I was going to lose her. Based on my observation of her excellent health at the time of the rabies shot, her slowly deteriorating condition thereafter, the primarily neurological nature of her symptoms, and the vet exam showing no specific cause for her problems, Iâm fully persuaded her condition was directly caused by the rabies vaccination. For whatever itâs worth, the results of this vaccination caused my dog considerable pain, greatly upset me, and cost me over $500 for the exam one week later (including x-rays, blood work, and meds.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 7 years ago from London

      I think a UK perspective might also be helpful as this lens is being read by an international audience - see http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseas...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree will you 100% if your dog is a house dog goes outside to do their business and play and run around for awhile and not around other dogs why do they need these shots for I am outside with them the whole time they are outside

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree will you 100% if your dog is a house dog goes outside to do their business and play and run around for awhile and not around other dogs why do they need these shots for I am outside with them the whole time they are outside

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      every year when my dog gets its rabies shot about 3 months later her liver values go down alittle the total protein and albumin then about 3 months later after that it goes back to normal