Posted by Mitchells' Mummy (Bedford, United Kingdom) on 11/16/2010
My 11 week old puppy, Mitchell, had the 2nd dose of his puppy injection last week, the next day he appeared "odd" and over the next couple of days he changed from being our family playful puppy, to a zombie like state, with eyes glazed, head held down and pacing a circuit around the edge of the room - bumping into objects, then standing still with no reactions to anything. It was horrific and extremely distressing, he seemed to perk up and the next morning seemed playful and chasing his toys etc. Then by lunchtime, he went back into this vegetative state, so we took him to the vets, telling them he didnt seem right since his injection. The vets said that they hadnt seen anything like it, by this time he was dribbling, and slumping down. He was admitted immediately and had blood tests, which came back normal - his Nuerological tests showed that he had neck ache and loss of vision in one eye. And a suspected bad headache.
I searched internet, and mentioned to the vet that it has been reported that these can be symptoms of Canine Distemper and considering he had been shot with a dose of the live vaccine, surely this was an extreme adverse reaction to his injection. The Vets agreed and started him on antibiotics and painkillers, after contacting the vacine company - Pfizer, they agreed to cover initial investigations and treatments. Later yesterday evening he was no better and the vets called thinking he may need to be transferred to a specialists vets, who require a £1000 - £2000 fee UPFRONT. And the vaccine company would NOT pay this......... So if he doesnt improve, the decision would be down to us, whether or not we pay the money, for treatment, that may not help him, or have him put to sleep. I am livid and distraught, as at NO time was I informed of the risks to these standard injections (I was told he may seem a little tired and may get a lump at the injection site)
With Kids injections (MMR) you are told of the risks, can make an informed decision and then you are given a leaflet stating side effects of the injections and what to do if you notice this. Surely this is something that vets should be doing, I feel guilty that I didnt get Mitchell to the vets sooner and he had to endure 3 days in and out of pain. I have no idea if he gets better, how it will effect his long term health, does he now have mental issues ? Has anyone else experienced problems like these ? Are vets warning of the possible side effects ????