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Vaccination Side Effects in Pets

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Posted by Rhonda (Glendale, Arizona) on 02/09/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My nine year old Shin Tzu had the rabies shot yesterday, and today is shackey and he doesn't even want to lay down. He has alot of anxiety too! I think the shot is affecting him more since he's older. I do remember his hip and leg being sore before with the shot. Now I'm worried that maybe if there is arthitis that could be to much for him. I just think the symptons seem to be extreme and there just has to be a better alternative.

Posted by Roxanne (Minneapolis, MN) on 02/09/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I think I have tied my 18 month old Whippet's poor behavior and psychosis to the rabies vaccine.

She got her first rabies shot at 7 months of age, which was December 2006. About a week after, she started acting up in the crate, the current buzz word "separation anxiety" was used. She drooled, so much so that her bedding was drenched. She chewed the crate. She stopped eating and I had to stuff her or she was literally starving herself to death. This went on until I couldn't take anymore and I sent her back with her breeder for a month.

I got her back, and all the problems were gone. I thought a month at "boot camp" which was basically crated most of the time, did the trick. We were good from April 07 until January '08.

She got her 3 year rabies shot on 1/26. A week later, to the day, the same drooling behavior returned along with the refusal to eat. Nothing in my routine has changed, nothing has changed with the 2 older Whippets. No new crates, schedules, etc. I really was thinking the dog was looney toons and needed a "single dog home" I looked at my records and it popped out at me that these episodes have coincided with the rabies shot. The added behavior this time around is aggression toward the older dogs, which has earned this dog a few battle scars.

I called my vet and asked about this and of course they basically told me I was stupid, that no way would a rabies reaction take over a week, and it wouldn't be psychological. I was told to take my dog to a behaviorist or to get some "diffusing rods" of a certain scent to calm her. I don't buy it. Rabies is a STRONG vaccine, and I think my dog has a problem with it. I am hoping these issues will just go away overnight like they did before. If they do, she won't be getting any more rabies vaccinations.

Posted by June (Poughkeepsie, New York) on 02/05/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi, As soon as I got a rabies shot for my doxie who is 11 years old. She had problemns walking.Her back legs she couldnt walk. Now I notice she has trouble picking up her back left leg. She falls down,I had her to the vet. They didnt say anything if it was a reaction. Pills and doctors visits for 1 month now. She didnt have a problem before the shot, She was running around with the other 2 dogs in the house. Thank you

Posted by Cathy (Phoenix, AZ) on 01/30/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  re: rabies vaccine: Took my pure-bred beagle female for shots last year (9/4/07) (rabies/distemper/ parainfluenza/adenovirus/ coronavirus/bordetella) a year ago and her muzzle and eyes swelled up and she was frothing at the mouth. Took her to vet where they administered dexamethesoneSP (4mg) and Dephenhydramine(50mg) and swelling went down and she was fine the next day. Got the notice in Jan. 08 from animal control that her tags were up and she needed a rabies shot. Took her for shot and told vet of reaction in Sept. 07. He gave her a 50cc shot of benadryl 10 minutes before shot. 20 minutes after rabies shot, she collapsed and was completely lethargic and uncontrollable bowel movement with vomitting. 2 hours later she perked back up but right muzzle and eye started swelling. Gave her .75ml of childrens benadryl. 12 hours later, swelling gone, but can't keep food down and keeps having bowel (or trying) movements. Taking her to vet this afternoon if no improvement. I am now reluctant to get her any shots at all after these reactions.

Posted by Jared (Portland, Oregon) on 01/19/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I took Cuda, my Australian Shepard,to the vet today for a rabies shot. The vet did not warn me about any possible complications. I took him home and left to go grocery shopping. When I got home 3 hours later Cuda's face was swollen and his eyes were half shut. He did seem to be breathing and acting normally. My vet had closed by this time so I called the emergency vet. Even though they said to come in immediately, I did some research and found that Benadryl can help dogs. I coated one pill (the dose for a child) with peanut butter and gave it to him. Within about 30 miniutes the swelling started to go down. He seems to be perfectly normal now, thankfully.

Posted by Laura on 01/15/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My year and a half old Yorkie received a rabies shot and had a bad reaction. She was lethargic and when she did walk, she appeared to be in severe pain. My husband took her to the vet and they gave her an IV which gave her energy back but now, over a month later, she still does not have hair near the shot area. Will her hair grow back?

Posted by June (Poughkeepsie, New York) on 01/14/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I just got my 11 year old doxie rabies shot and she sleeping alot and her back legs she cant walk. I think we all have to watch the dogs and cats vaccine. There is something wrong with this.

Posted by tammie (ukiah, ca) on 01/01/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  1 month ago my 2 yr old colby red nose pt had his second rabies vaccine. since then he has had very strange behavior, aggressive behavior, itchy skin, licking of his paws constantly. he in the past week since xmas morning has started 3 very violent attacks on my other pit who is 6yrss old. He gets completely out of control. does not listen when being told to stop fighting, its like he has gone mad! he has always been my eeyor dog, a forest gump if you will.. goofy loveable dog who has this flopsy mopsy personality.. but now he is a complete jerk! when he attacks my 6 yr old we cant get him to stop. i am convinced it is from his last rabies vaccine! HELP anyone else ever have this problem! i dont want to lose my 2 yr old loveable dog but i cant keep going through this aggressive behavior with no warning or reasons for the fighting.. i raise my dogs to be friendly and loveable and they sleep in bed wwith us! anyone got any ideas??? THANK YOU! feel free to email me

Posted by Claudia (PDX, Oregon) on 12/17/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have a dachshund that got a big lump at his injection site. This year I passed on his "yearly" shots. I also have a lab mix that has food allergies. He has not had shots for years but due to the law got his rabies one last year- immediately his allergies flaired horribly and it went on for a long time. I know it is not a food issue as I make his food and changed nothing.

Posted by Mary (Liberty, Missouri) on 11/27/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My 4 year old mixed Shih-Tzu had is 3 year Rabies vac yesterday and today he started having diarrhea. I called the vet and he said it would not have been from the vac and that he must be upset from being there yesterday for grooming and his shot. He has never been upset with his grooming like that and had diarrhea the next day!

Posted by Tamara (Keystone Heights, Florida) on 11/26/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have a 15 year old Siamese mix neutered male cat. Last rabies vaccine he had about 3 years ago caused a lump to form after his shot, it grew fast and burst. No home remedies worked to close the gaping sore. I took him to two different vets who both diagnosed a carcinoma from the vaccine. I had to have it surgical removed and closed up. So his 3 year rabies shot cost me over $300 and he is an inside cat. I will never again give him any shots.

Posted by Stacie (Miami, Florid) on 11/24/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My healthy three-year old cat had a rabies shot two weeks ago. She has since developed a lump in her leg. She will be going into surgery on Friday. I am waiting on the results of the small biopsy that was taken today. The doctor told me that it may be benign or cancerous, but whatever it is, it was caused by the rabies shot. I am never giving my cats a rabies shot again. They are indoor cats, and I have asked in the past if it was necessary because I was worried about the side effects. Now I am angry that I didn't insist that she not get the shot.

Posted by Teri (Sparrowbush, NY) on 11/13/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I've had a dog seizer after getting her 2nd Rabies vaccine. I've seen puppies start chewing on themselves after getting the parvo vaccine. I had a puppy buyer tell me that she took her 3 yr old dog to the vet where they said he was in excellent health and they gave Dhpp and Rabies. The next morning he was dead.

Posted by Edith (Palmerston, Canada) on 11/13/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I was given a year old pure bred shihtzu. A few weeks before she came to me she had been given her rabies shot. She was bald in places from the intense itching all over. Her skin was hot to the touch. I started with Apis mellifica a homeopathy remedy which is very good for itching. When that seemed to give her some relief I quit the remedy for a few days then started with Arsenicum Albumen. This is another remedy for itchy skin but it has different action. I also used Thuja to clean the liver. The scratching continued for a few months she lost tufts of hair but rather than take her to a vet who in turn would prescribe more drugs which have side effects I chose to tackle this on my own. It did clear up and there were reoccurances but mild. Her hair were like starw, and she should have silky hair. Her eyes were always dull looking as was her coat. She was quite lifeless and lethargic. That was a year ago and she is finally getting on her feet and running around and being full of energy. Yes it took a long time but at least this way nothing more damaging was added to stress her system I do not have shots for my dogs. I have 3 and none of them will get shots.

Posted by jane (pittsburgh, pa) on 11/08/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  i took my 16 week old dashound to the vet for his rabies booster. immediately after the shot my puppy became limp. the vet said come back in a couple hours because they had to treat him for a reaction from the rabies shot. when i returned they handed me my puppy in a blanket, dead. i have never been so shocked in my life. if anyone has any information on deadly reactions to vaccines i would appreciate the feedback. thank-you


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