Posted by Doberdanegirl (Winder, Ga) on 07/05/2012
[SIDE EFFECTS] I am writing to let you know of my horrible experiences with the rabies vaccines. The dogs that I will list, were all rescues, were all formerly emaciated, and in very poor condition prior to adopting them. No other vaccines but the rabies were given.
1. (2009) Adult male Rottweiler. Adopted from rural shelter. Emaciated, skin issues, but incredibly sweet and friendly. I had 30 days to comply with the county's ordinance to get him neutered and vaccinated against rabies. I waited as long as I could, so that he could get meat on his bones, and allow a little time to have his new diet (Blue Buffalo) build his immune system a little. Approx. 2 weeks after his neuter and rabies vaccine, Gavin had to be euthanized. He bloated, his back end was weak, and the vet stated there was nothing that could be done for him. (neg. heartworm test)
2. 2010 (Jasper) A stray Great Pyrenees that had been dumped in a rural area. He was emaciated, but friendly and a wanderer. After I took him in, he found ways to dig out of my fence, he was playful with the other dogs, and a big loving teddy bear. I waited approx. 7 mos. Before allowing the rabies vaccine and neuter. About a month after, I noticed what appeared to be a mud spot on his back leg. He was also seemingly depressed, he was not digging out, and was no longer playing with the other dogs. Upon closer inspection of what appeared to be a "mud spot" on his fur, I smelled an infection, lifted the fir, and found a gaping wound at the injection site. It was treated, but never healed. He lost use of his back legs shortly after, and was euthanized. (neg. heartworm test)
3. 2010: I adopted a Great Dane from an individual. She was extremely thin, had a dull coat, and was timid. I waited nearly a year to have her spayed and vaccinated against rabies. She was now a very vibrant, healthy, and energetic Dane. She was my Doberman's best buddy, and my sweetest and most protective fur-baby.
After she was vaccinated, she seemed to be ok. I couldn't have been more wrong. This MIGHT just be coincidental, but it MIGHT have something to do with the vaccine. She began losing weight almost over night. In two weeks, despite eating, she was losing drastic amounts of weight. I took her to the vet, had her x-rayed, and my 2 1/2 yr. old Great Dane was diagnosed with abdominal cancer.
I spent a month attempting to make her comfortable and HOPED that by trying some of the more natural remedies, that I could either slow the process, or stop it altogether. I had her about an additional month before she began vomiting and having diarrhea, and it was obvious she had no quality of life left in her. She was euthanized. (neg. Heartworm test)
March 2012: I adopted a Great Pyrenees from an individual. He was emaciated, timid of men, and was never permitted in the house. When he arrived at my house, he was introduced to my other dogs, and got along famously with them... Even seemed to enjoy the company of other dogs. (Minus feeding time, which is quite understandable... he had been starved).
He was checked by a veterinarian, tested light positive for heartworm, had toe-nails that had curled and grown into his pads- those were cut, and this supposed-to-be-massive dog weighed a mere 72 lbs. (Males tend to average 100-115lbs). He was already neutered, but I had to get a rabies. (The vet and I both agreed that the rabies needed to wait until he was healthy)
After he gained weight, I had him vaccinated against rabies by a completely different veterinarian/clinic. Since the vaccine: he has become aggressive towards one particular dog, has gotten into two serious fights with him, and one fight resulted in my son getting bit (my son attempted to break the fight up). He bit me as well, but the other dog was the intended target, and he was protecting a chicken. I recently noticed that his vision now may be affected. He has since walked into the fence and gate, (and now I believe that is how my son and I got bit.. I am guessing that he can't properly judge distance) he now lays around, he's depressed.
We have such a burden on us TO vaccinate against rabies, as it is state law, and penalties can be stiff. However, due to my experiences, I will probably forego vaccinating my dogs from this point on. (The dogs that I've adopted that were never starved or in poor condition, have all done fine after a rabies vaccine. (I do the 3 yr. ) It has been the ones that were found in very poor condition that never recovered). I will start my Pyrenees on a clay supplement in an attempt to help detox him. I am also searching for other remedies. He is still on Transfer Factor and now Devil's Claw to help with the swelling and potential infection from the wounds he sustained from the dog fight. I have no faith in vaccines, and don't even vaccinate my baby, and will not. Study after study, experience after experience dictates that there is no safe vaccine out there. And when an immune system has been compromised in any way, the effects of vaccines can be most devastating. I'm not sure when the states will come to realize that they are compromising our dog's health with their mandatory rabies vaccine laws. We are losing precious family members with these insane laws.