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40 User Reviews | 1 YEA | 4 SIDE EFFECTS | 1 DEATH REPORTED

Posted by Javagenie (Central, Vt, Usa) on 05/04/2010

[YEA]  I have a Boxer that had distemper and rabies shot last November 2009 (he was about a year old). About a month later he started to develop severe dry/red skin with blotches. He was digging at his skin constantly and obsessively. We finally brought him to the vet and they gave him a round of antibiotics that helped clear it up slightly. For months afterwards, he kept having these out breaks about once a month. This past spring (2010) we took him again because he had itchy skin. They gave him the same antibiotics and not realizing he had already been vaccinated for rabies a few months ago administered another shot. About 2 weeks later he started digging at himself even more than he has ever done before. He also started to act differently (aggressive at time and sometimes confused). We brought him back to the vet and they administered a shot of cortisone. That night he started to have these seizure looking episodes that only affected the movement of his head and he was completely concious and alert. Regardless of our description the vet's diagnosised it as focal epileptic seizures and immediately started to administer phenobarbitol. After about 2days later with the phenobarbitol not working, he was looking terrible and I was beginning to wonder if he was going to survive. By this time I was loosing faith with our vet. So, I began to do some extensive internet research. I found that the seizures were actually called "head tremors" and some believe are to be caused from vaccinations and/or a compromised immune system. This led me down a long trail of information about vaccinations and specifically overvaccinosis. I immediately started to administer milk thistle combined with dandelion root and burdock. The head tremors immediately started to get better and within a few days he stopped having them. Only on a few occassions within the past 4-6wks has he had them since giving him this liver detox formula. After finding great success with this natural miracle cure... We seeked the council of a hollistic/homeopathic vet and have been trying to repair the damage caused by this unnecessary vaccination protocol. After about a month of a raw diet, supplements, and homeopathic treatments our beloved pet is starting to make some improvements. He is still in the detox phase... so, it is tough some days. But, we are all confident that he will have an almost full recovery within the next 12mo.

My advice to anyone who has noticed any changes in their pet following any vaccinations within 3mo. is to seek a naturalistic vet ASAP. If it were not for sites like these my dog would have been dead at the hands of a normal veterinarian professional. It's time for the medical community to wake up and stop poisoning us and our pets with toxins! Stop treating symptoms and treat the cause naturally and safely!!!!

Replied by Sheila
Toronto, Ontario
End of May 2012 I brought my then 15 month old dog to the vet for the revolution. At that time she was just over 22lbs and was given a higher dose of revolution for dogs over 22lbs to 40lbs. Unfortunately, we didnt notice anything until 3 weeks later when there was blood at the back of her neck. I thought it was the water from the lake or her diet that she started having a skin allergy. After verifying on internet I applied vitamin E oil 3 times everyday. On the 5th day, while cleaning the spot to apply more vit E oil I felt more bumps and her skin was very hard and purplish and it seemed that the affected area was bigger than what I thought. I immediately brought her to a vet nearby who said that she has seen bad reactions to revolution a couple of days after the application. I was in awe when my dog was shaven at that spot. There were more than 2 dozens bumps all scabbed. The next day when I brought my dog to her regular vet, the latter denied vehemently stating that this is the first case she has ever encountered in her practice but took pictures and said she will investigate with the manufacturer.

Today, my dog has totally recovered but I am very skeptical vis a vis any vaccination or drops that the vets recommend. I am educating myself to natural alternatives. I thank "earth clinic" which is very educative.

However, I would like to know if there is any alternative to leptospirosis prevention.

Posted by Belle (Whitby, ON. Canada) on 07/22/2009

From what I have read (and I have read quite extensively on this subject) the vets buy the vaccines in pre-measured doses from the pharmaceutical companies. The doses are not properly adjusted for the animal's size and weight, and so your dog may well have been overdosed. Also, more problems arise with time, as the dogs become over-vaccinated with unecessary yearly boosters. I have two purebred shih tzu, aged 3yr... and 6 yr. The older one has developed auto-immune problems (problems seldom seen years ago when few dogs were ever vaccinated). This dog has received its last vaccinations and so has the 3 year old. I would have stopped sooner, but I have pet insurance which always asks the vet on each claim form if the pet's vaccinations are up to date. I have eliminated this condition by cancelling the pet insurance! The money I save on premiums and on unnecessary vaccinations (not covered by insurance) will be better spent on holistic vet care. I will spend my money on titer tests to determine if their level of immunity is sufficient, rather than vaccinate willy-nilly with a backward-thinking vet. There is only ONE holistic vet in my area and she has a long waiting list for patients. Most vets were so heavily indoctrinated at veterinary college and cannot (or will not) break free of their paradigm (framework of thinking) from what they were initially taught. Also, vaccination is a large percentage of their revenue. I like my current vet very much and hate changing to another one, but this vaccination nonsense and her over-reliance on antibiotics (which are not even successful) leaves me no choice but to pursue holistic treatment on my own while I work my way up the waiting list for the holistic vet.

And oh, by the way, in my reading I have found out that there have been a number of "faulty vaccines" not properly prepared by the companies, with tragic results. Get a good book (such as "Vaccine Guide for Dogs and Cats") on this subject at a holistic pet store or try online.

Posted by Laura (Lombard, IL) on 07/19/2009

I work with animals in many ways, grooming~vet tech~rescue....

Please be an informed pet owner and find out what is required BY LAW in your state as to NOT over vaccinate your pet. (and then ask your vet to low dose it)

Over vaccination is a huge health hazard to your pets. There are many holistic vets now if you do some research.
Over vaccination creates a revenue generating pet for the conventional vet and usually leads to life of misery for the poor pet that is suffering a whole bunch of auto immune diseases and seizures,allergies etc....
Take some time and research!! So many pets dying from poor quality food-over vaccination and poor quality water.
All they have is us to depend on don't let them down!

Posted by CShep (Conyers, Georgia) on 06/02/2009

As requested, I'm emailing regarding vaccination affects we've had in our pets.

In 2004, we had a 5 year old female husky to die within 2 hours of receiving her vaccination. She'd had shots every year (DA2PP) without any problems. This year the vet added the Corona Vaccine which is what we think killed her.

We took her for an necropsy immediately to UGA Vet School. Receiving vet said there was no doubt she died from vax reaction. The vet doing the necropsy had the cell phone number to my vet (they knew each other), made personal calls to each other. I think to protect my vet from a law suit or what-not, the vet doing the necropsy reported her death inconclusive, died from swelling in brain (encyphelytis). Thus, this tragedy could not be reported to the vaccine companies!!!!

The same day, a 3 year old Shih Tzu had what I call neurological effects. He was despondent and screamed if we touched him for 3 days. Its like all his nerves were very sensitive. For an addl 7 days he was distant and a touch-me-not and whimpered if we touched him. He had never had any reactions to a vaccine before. I also contribute this to the corona that was added to the vaccine.

The vet REFUSED to believe that his vaccine caused either of these. Yet, on the same day I had 2 dogs severely affected.

I have since learned that corona only affects puppies; thus, no need to ever be given to an adult dog. Yet, most vets include this in the vaccine protocol. I now buy my own vaccinations and give the shots myself on a more conservative protocol due to the new findings of how we are way over vaccinating our pets.

I encourage all to learn about the vaccines their pets are getting and do not accept a vets word that all are safe. He's in business to make money. When adding the corona vax in 2004, the vet charged an addl $30 per vaccine!!!!!


EC: Thank you, CShep. We're cross-posting your feedback in the advice section and the side effects section.

Replied by LabLover
Saginaw, Michigan
Adult dogs do not need corona virus and are only given it when they are pups and get their first shots in the series of 3. After this point, Corona is no longer given unless the animal is going to be used for breeding purposes.

Posted by Juliana (Boulder, CO) on 05/31/2009

When my dog becamse seriously ill, I found a product that used refined cow colostrum to substitute for a lack of immunity. Actual colostrum is a milk product and dogs stop absorbing milk after weaning. The refined product seems to overcome this problem. I have used this for dogs seeming to be under the weather. I used it for my own resistant respiratory infection.

I have heard that it is helpful if givern before and after doggie vaccinations. I had planned to use it for the next mandatory rabies vaccination. My dog died before I had a chance to use this.

Also rabies vaccinations are now usually given in a leg as opposed to the neck. This is because that vaccine can cause a specific cancer and a neck cannot be amputated. This infuriates me.

Also micro-chipped dogs and people can develop a specific cancer that grows around the glass enclosed chip. A certain company is working behind the scenes to make micro-chipping mandatory for certain populations.

I didn't chip my dog or vaccinate him during later adulthood. He died last Sunday; he was 15 years old. That is rare these days.

Since topical pest control products are nerve agents, I washed my dog often and used essential oils as flea and tick protection. Losing them at any age is just awful.


Replied by Carri
York, Pa, Us
Five years ago, I had to move into low income housing. Prior to that, I was not letting my cat, named Mouse, get vaccinations since I first got her because I had another cat get cancer at the injection site and die from it. So my cat Mouse hadn't had a shot in a long time. Since she has been getting the required by law and FORCED on me shot because of where I live, she has been steadily losing weight. She went from almost twelve pounds five years ago, to seven and a half pounds now. And last week when I was forced to take her once again for the Rabies shot, I think she's lost more weight in the past week. She's experiencing all kinds of side effects from the shot now. She's been refusing water alot. And this is a cat who loves her water. She's barely been eating. I had to change her food and give her other things just to get her to eat. She's in pain all over since the Rabies shot. If you pick her up, she makes noise like she's in pain from it. The day after the shot last week, she was confused. And she's even tried to eat things that aren't food, like bits of cat litter. She's having trouble doing anything now and just wants to stay on my bed. Half the time, I'm carrying her to her food and water and this is since the Rabies shot. She's in too much pain to do much. And she's running fevers on and off, mostly on.

I'm praying the side effects will wear off and she'll at least want to eat and drink more. She drank a tiny bit of water this morning and then refused to touch it the rest of the day.

I am heartbroken, upset over it. I had asked the vet if he would give her a waiver and not give her the shot, but he refused. This is a fifteen year old indoor cat that never goes outside. There is zero risk of her getting rabies. And the horrific side effects from the shot are not worth anything in this world. His excuse for not giving her the waiver was that he would only assign a waiver if he personally witnessed a reaction in his office. He's so EVIL. First of all, if that happened, he would have already killed your pet or harmed them with the shot. Second of all, in many pets, reactions take time to happen. Usually hours after the shot. All this vet is interested in is his wallet. He doesn't care whose pet he harms or kills as long as he's making that money.

I want this barbaric law repealed. There is absolutely no reason on this earth for indoor older pets to get a shot of any kind. Vaccines have never been proven safe or effective. The vaccine industry is the biggest fraud on this planet. Vaccines produce an antibody that often does nothing. You will still get sick with whatever you or your pet were vaccinated for. The side effects of many vaccines are permanently disabling. It's not worth anything on this earth.

The building I live in, because it's a HUD building, if I don't do the Rabies shot, they will literally evict me. I had to do it. If I didn't, they would tell me to get rid of my cat, or they would call someone to take her from me by force. And I'd still get evicted for breaking the lease. I am literally held hostage to force vaccinate my cat every year. They don't care if my cat is harmed by the vaccine. They don't care if I can afford to take her. All they want is those papers proving she was injected.

Posted by Joni (McKinney, TX) on 03/20/2009

When my first mini doxie received his first rabies vaccination, he swelled up like he had tumors all over his body. Immediately, returned to vet and just in time as his airway was almost completely closed. Vet immediately administered multiple allergy meds. A medical letter was written to our local county that this dog was never to be vaccinated again. When he was two years of age, allergies (food and skin) came on strong. I then cooked his own meals for the rest of his life and was on a med to control the skin issues. He lived 14 years and died from diabetes. When he was 13, he did bite a friend. The vet did a titers test and sure enough that one vaccine he had as a baby was still in his system. I currently have two doxies now and I had to vaccinate them due to county and state laws. They were given allergy meds at the same time. They did fine and I hear that the laws are changing if doing a titers test. VERY IMPORTANT, if a pet needs to be vaccinated, get a morning appt and make sure your vet is available just in case there is a reaction. Never vaccinate on a Friday if vet office is closed on weekends. Using Revolution, also stopped my one doxie from vomiting and lowered his liver levels dramatically. I would still like to research a more holistic approach.

Replied by Susanne
St. Joseph, Mo Missouri
I just got my 4 yr old mini doxie revac'd this Spring. He had rabies, distemper and bordatella(nasal). On my way home, the dog puked all over the car and all over me when I tried to help him out onto the grass. He was sick for several hours, slept most of the evening and was a little lethargic when he did go out to pee. He seemed fine the next day. I thought it might be a reaction to the shots but never thought of an allergic reaction. I just thought that maybe it was a little too strong for a mini guy. He was a rescue and I didn't know much about him and my other dog was much bigger.

Yesterday, I took my 12 yr old yellow lab to the vet for her shots... Same ones. We were going out of town and I needed to board both dogs so I got the bordatella(nasal) for her too. I was 5 blocks from home and she puked all over the back seat. Big dog, big mess. I pulled over and let her out and we stayed there thru 3 more upheavals. After about 20 minutes, there was no more and we headed home. Things promptly got worse after we got home. More puking was followed by my beloved Angel not being able to breathe normally. Her body was wretching while she strained so hard to get oxygen. Her tongue was hanging out, slobber everywhere and then her tongue turned purple. I had already realized this was a severe allergic reaction and we were in the car headed back to the vet. I didn't think I was going to make it in time. She was given an iv of prednisone and put on oxygen. For 2.5 hours I watched my old girl desperately try to get oxygen and there was nothing I could do but be there. Finally I saw some pink come back to her tongue and the breathing distress she was in, lessened. We bounced back and forth with breathing labored and getting calmer for another half hour before she finally was able to lay her head down and stretch out with minimal discomfort. Her breathing still wasn't right but she was so much better than before. The vet thinks that it was the nasal bordatella because it was her lungs that shut down. She has never had one before because I have never boarded her before. He put a red flag on her chart to make sure she was never given the nasal dosage again and told me there was a shot that could be given. I told him she would never have another shot for the rest of her life. NEVER! The prednisone was supposed to work in about 20 minutes.... NOT SO MUCH! She had 2 hours of oxygen with a very caring young man that laid on the floor with her to make sure the tube stayed near her mouth so she had pure oxygen. He even kissed her head and pet her as he could see the terror in her eyes also. I know that I almost lost my Angel Face and am very grateful that I had thought to look up symptoms these shots might cause(because of the puking) and happened to read this site. All it took was reading one story and we were on the road to the vet.

Thank you all for sharing and helping to save my dog, my best friend. Her "brother" Jax, the mini doxie will not ever have to go thru any of this either.

Replied by Karen J
Avenel, Nj
[SIDE EFFECTS]   My 20.8 lb Lasapoo just got vacinated with the 3 year rabies shot - this is his second time. the first time seven days later he became violently ill. This time they gave him a shot prior to the vaccine to help with any reaction he 'may' have. Yesterday was day seven after the vaccine and he is vomitting and has diarrhea - we are taking him back to the vet. I feel so helpless, it's the law that he has to be vacinated and I want to do what is right but my poor baby is so sick again.

Posted by Mike (Fairfield, CT) on 03/13/2009

I would highy recommend a book called "The Nature of Animal Healing" by Marty Goldstein. He is a holistic vet in South Salem, NY. We took our cat there after he developed cronic renal failure which my wife and I feel was caused by a rabies booster shot. You will be horrified about what these shots and the commercial pet food industry has done and is doing to our pets. Our cat is doing much better since seeing Dr. Marty and he now only eats poached chicken and baby sweet potatoes. Dr. Marty believes in feeding our pets what we eat (yes with restrictions). Buy this book. PS I am not related to Dr. Marty nor get any royalties from him. I just care about my cat. He's my pal

Posted by Elizabeth (Adelaide, Australia) on 03/13/2009

People who are concerned about the health of their pets should read the latest international guidelines for dog and cat vaccination.

In 2007 the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) published Dog and Cat Vaccination Guidelines (built on the US AAHA (Canine) and AAFP (Feline) guidelines) for global application. Ref:

The WSAVA guidelines include a number of significant statements:

- We should aim to vaccinate every animal, and to vaccinate each individual less frequently. (p. 2)

- we should aim to reduce the 'vaccine load' on individual animals in order to minimise the potential for adverse reactions to vaccine products. (p. 3)

- Vaccines should not be given needlessly. Core vaccines should not be given any more frequently than every three years after the 12 month booster injection following the puppy/kitten series. (p. 2)

- In the case of dogs, the Fact Sheets of the WSAVA guidelines note that duration of immunity after vaccination with MLV vaccines is 7 years or longer, based on challenge and serological studies, for Canine Parvovirus Type 2 (CPV-2), Canine Adenovirus (CAV-2) and Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) vaccines. (pp. 15-17)

In regards to duration of immunity, Professor Ronald Schultz, an expert in immunology and a member of the WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines Group, notes:

"I believe that dogs and cats vaccinated as puppies and kittens should be revaccinated at 1 year of age with the vaccines used earlier. After that I do not believe there is an immunologic need to revaccinate annually with CDV, CPV-2, CAV-2..." (Ref: Current and future canine and feline vaccination programs. Veterinary Medicine, March 1998, pp. 233-254).

In an article published in August 1995 (nearly 14 years ago!), Professor Schultz stated:

"I don't think there is a need to vaccinate adult dogs, since early vaccination will be sufficient to stimulate memory cells." (Ref: Are we vaccinating too much? JAVMA, Vol 207, No. 4, August 15, 1995).

If your vet sends you an annual reminder to have your adult dog revaccinated with the core MLV vaccines for parvovirus, adenovirus and distemper, challenge him. The latest scientifically based guidelines state that it is not necessary for adult dogs to have these vaccinations every year of their life. It is of no benefit and actually puts the dog needlessly at risk of an adverse reaction.

I learned this the hard way when my dog (Sasha - an eight year old Maltese x Silky terrier) became very sick with what was diagnosed as "haemorrhagic gastroenteritis" eight days after her last unnecessary revaccination with core MLV vaccines (C5 booster). My dog had six annual boosters during her life, most of which were unnecessary, and needlessly put her at risk of an adverse reaction. Sasha is now dead, put to sleep four days after the visible onset of her illness. The veterinarian who vaccinated her refused to consider her illness (and subsequent death) might have been caused or influenced by the vaccination. I am now in the process of preparing my own "adverse event" report.

I have been researching this subject since Sasha's death last September and I am shocked by what I have discovered. Australia is way behind on this issue. A culture of unnecessary and possibly harmful over-vaccination with core MLV vaccines has become entrenched. The whole system is weighted against acknowledging and reporting delayed reactions that might have been caused by vaccination. I am currently trying to fight this system.

According to a paper by an expert in this area, Dr Jean Dodds, vaccination reactions can occur up to 45 days later, or even longer. (Ref: Vaccination Protocols for Dogs Predisposed to Vaccine Reactions. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, May/June 2001, Vol 37, pp 211-214.)

Who knows how many other people's pets have gotten sick or died a week, a month or even longer after a revaccination and they haven't made the connection that the revaccination could have been at fault? The veterinarians aren't likely to mention it are they? The WSAVA guidelines make the point that adverse events are grossly under-reported.(p. 8). So dogs and cats can end up with chronic illnesses, or even die, and the pet owners would never know that over-vaccination may have been the cause - a case of veterinarians "burying their mistakes". If I hadn't decided to do some research after Sasha died, I wouldn't have found out about this. Sasha would have been just another unknown and uncared for statistic.

As more and more people discover that there are veterinarians who are actually putting their beloved pets needlessly at risk with unnecessary over-vaccination with core MLV vaccines, there is likely to be a significant backlash against the veterinary profession.

Those veterinarians who value the integrity of their profession need to address this untenable situation and work to ensure that the practice of unnecessary over-vaccination is ceased immediately. This has been going on for years and important scientifically based information has been withheld from pet owners.

I am trying to have this situation addressed by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and Australian Veterinary Schools. So far it is proving very difficult to get effective action to address this serious problem...

Read the WSAVA Dog and Cat Vaccination Guidelines and decide for yourself.

People should be informed before they make the decision to revaccinate their pets. There are serious - and unnecessary - risks involved with over-vaccination.

Replied by Jude
Pensacola, FL, USA
Thanks for the posts on dog vaccinations - Elizabeth I am so sorry for your dog's death - thankyou for your post - I will not be getting my dogs repeat (unnecessary) shots now.
Replied by John
South Of Perth, West Australia
Elizabeth of Adelaide. A 2009 post, thanks for the well written information.

My Bonny had to be put down today after a long battle against adverse vaccination reactions.. The vet cost me a fortune and arrogantly denied that the vaccine was at fault.. He never gave us the steroids that should have been tried right at the onset.. Months later they were obtained from a second vet and worked well immediately...

But by then we had spent thousands on tests and operations which achieved nothing and wasted precious time.. The delay in proper diagnosis and treatment meant that damage was done to her organs. She nearly died a number of times.. Gastro problems were the dominant symptom. She suddenly went downhill this week to the point of no return.

Details perhaps not necessary, but at the end of the day, I have been robbed of my bestest friend ever who was a 24/7 asset to me in many ways and the greatest ambassador for dogs and responsible ownership that you could wish for.. So the loss extends well beyond just me.

This vet (Phil. B. ), sends reminders of reminders, for pet owners to promptly get their "annual" vaccination.. Theres a list of complaints I have against him.. From day one I insisted that the sickness began precisely at the time following vaccination, with the first sign a lump at the needle site.

This expensive and gruelling saga which spanned 8 months until eventual death, has to this day not been reported to anyone by the vet.. It will be up to me if I can find the form and where to lodge it..

Obviously this money-hungry vet has made a lot more money from my dog dying than he would have otherwise. Bonny was an amazing dog who was treated as royalty and given as much fun and freedom as possible.

She endured so much duress and sickness following the killed vaccine reaction. I diagnosed it immediately and confirmed it through researching on the internet. The vet blamed "cancer" but the symptoms did not match and no cancer was ever found. In the end he said it was either my fault or my dogs fault!! Prior to the Companion C5 needle Bonny was 100% perfect.

This to me is just not good enough. I only wish I had been forewarned about the dangers of over-vaccinating etc.. I only did what I thought was the best thing to protect my dog. It has now turned out that my good intentions, and trust in vets, . has been severely betrayed in a most damaging way.

Bonny was an amazing and innocent much-loved pet and friend.. For her to suffer such a cruel fate is tragic.. Five and a half years old and now dead.

She was highly trained and of an irreplaceable breed.

Anyway Elizabeth, considering you were making such great efforts in 2009, it is very disappointing that there are still the same problems existing in 2012.. For me its probably the last effort at raising a great dog.. After all the investment of time, love, and money, its a traumatic , expensive end.

I will be spreading the message as far and wide as I can..

Do NOT vaccinate beyond the puppy stage without a seriously good reason.

Do NOT automatically trust any vet as if they love animals, because some of them love the money more, while some of them are also incompetent to the point of malpractice or worse.

Its a pity, since dogs are a valuable thread to the healthy social fabric.. We benefit in immeasurable ways from well kept pets. But we also suffer with their loss. Meanwhile the pharmaceutical companies make their money and then some more when dogs get sick. The dogs can't talk so they make easy targets. 8 months after that dreadful needle my dear Bonny is dead, and buried tomorrow.

Posted by Yvonne LeMay (Aguanga, CA, USA) on 02/28/2009

Please....don't vaccinate your dogs or cats after they've had their puppy shots. It's just not necessary. My toy poddle had reactions to rabies and other annual shots. My new holistic vet said all those shots are NOT necessary, and may in fact be very harmful, as you can see by all the comments on this website. My poodle has not had ANY vaccinations in about 8 years (he's 14 years old now) and he's doing very well. Vets are no different than our own doctors, they are taught to give drugs and vaccinations, rather than get to the root of a problem. Ever notice how you take your dog/cat for annual shots and they manage to find other things wrong and you end up with endless bills? That's how they get you there in the first place....scare you into thinking that you HAVE to give your pet annual vaccinations. It's deadly!! Refuse to do it, like parents refusing to vaccinate their children because of the link to autisum....the government is behind saying that vaccinations DON'T cause autisum because they're not concerned with the few who have bad reactions. They think they're saving millions from illness...but what if your loved one is the "one percent" damaged from the vaccination. Wake up....don't let them brainwash you into thinking your dog/cat needs vaccinations every year. It totally overloads their own immune systems.

Posted by Jackie (Hackettstown, NJ) on 01/27/2009

All pet owners should encourage their veterinarians to report known or suspected adverse vaccination side effects to the USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics (USDA/CVB) at 1-800-752-6255. Include the following information: Vaccine Manufacturer's name, Product Brand Name, Product Code, Lot/Serial Number and Expiration Date. Information on the breed, age, injection site and reaction should also be provided.

Replied by Grace
Auckland, New Zealand
I've not read many posts. I wonder if folk realise that dogs & cats don't make as much vitamin C as most other animals do?

I gave a home to a stray cat who possibly had a poor start in life. When he became very poorly, I gave him 1/4 tsp powdered sodium ascorbate dissolved in 2ml warm water, used an old syringe [no needle]to inject it into his mouth. I did this at least 2 hourly during waking hours. The effect was wonderful!

He has a tendency to get discharging eyes. I use 1tsp sodium ascorbate in 1/2 metric cup warm water & swab both eyes 3-4 times/day with great clear up. [I drink the left-over solution.]

A friend who breeds rottweilers has a prize dog that's asthmatic. The asthma cleared up with ascorbic acid several times/day. The dog came off all its meds.

EC: Thank you, Grace! New page also created with your feedback:

Posted by Kristen (Valhalla, NY) on 10/25/2008

Hello All.. I just had to write after seeing the posts related to pets and vaccinations. I have a Maltese dog, she's going to be 7 in 2 months. In March of 07 she got incredibly sick and I took her to the animal hospital. They determined she had pancreatitis but also was losing protein in her urine. They did further tests and determined she had lyme disease and later determined it was lyme nephritis.

The type that affects their kidneys. They told me she had 6 months to a year to live.


I must mention my cousins dog had just died of this like 3 months prior. But, I had been studying the law of attraction and the power of your mind. So I made a decision then I would not listen. She continued to get better with each checkup but the western medicine doctor at the hospital kept saying, well, we see this. They were just so negative and didn't believe I could pull her out of this. Good thing for my own interest in natural medicine, organic food, etc.

From the minute she got diagnosed, she was on organic chicken and rice that I cooked for her. No canned processed food for her.

I understood the kidneys are the body's center for toxin removal, remove toxins and the kidneys will be less taxed.

So like I said the doctor wasn't listening to me. I was determined to find someone who would listen and believed in what I believed. That's how I found Dr. Martin Goldstein's practice. He was actually on Oprah one day that I happen to catch. I went out 2 weeks later and bought his book. It described a story about a dog who had the same thing and lived. I knew I had found my answer. I was basically willing to fly across the country to have my dog seen by this man. Long story short, he ended up having his practice in NY, 45 min north of where I live. I immediately made an appointment and have been seeing a doctor in his clinic ever since.

Princess has not only lived for almost 2 years... but, her kidneys have recovered and is now going to live a full complete life. I'm incredibly grateful for this practice, I did research during this and I believe that when I vaccinated my dog for Lyme, that once she got it, the disease mutated itself into the terminal version.

They also do not vaccinate at this practice unless necessary. They to tests every year to see if they still have antibodies..

I HIGHLY recoomend them. With my mind and their treatment, my baby is saved.

Dr. Martin Goldstein has a book out too. I know people drive hours to have this practice see their animals.. They are amazing..

**sorry for being so long, but I had to tell my story. And recommend these amazing people***

Replied by Corrin
Baltimore, Md
[SIDE EFFECTS]   I recently took my Jack Russell mixed breed to get his distemper, rabies, lymes, lepto, and bordetella vaccines. Two hours later he was limping and refused to use his back left leg. I called the vet to find out which limbs were injected. The back left leg was injected with the lepto vaccine. After a restless night of watching over him like a hawk, I woke him early the next morning only to find that he was now limping on his front right leg as well and refused to move at all. Apparently the front right was the destemper injection. My poor baby was in so much pain he was shaking and crying and got very upset if he was touched. I rushed him to the vet where he was given morphine and anti-inflamatories. After 48 hours on pain killers and anti-inflamatories he is better. He still has two red lumps that look like injection sites and there is a large amount of red skin around the injection.

I found out that the same thing happend to my neighbor's small terrier. The distemper vaccine almost killed her little angel.

Posted by Ann (Worcester, Ma) on 05/25/2008

You don't have to give rabies vaccinations. If your pet gets any reaction to vaccines or any health problems all you need to do is to see holistic vet to give you a form that this animal can not be revaccinated.

Replied by Maggie
Fountain Hills, Az
Thanks so much, this information is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I live in Fountain HIlls, AZ & just found out that our county(Maricopa)mandates yearly Rabies vaccines in order to have your dog licensed. My sweet male PitBull Terrier already had his rabies shot when he was 6 months old, he is almost 11 months now & is currently licensed. I was looking for a way to renew his license without getting another rabies shot. He didn't have a bad reaction the first time, however I'm not taking any chances. I refused the Lyme & corona vaccine & insisted on coming back 4 weeks later for his first and ONLY rabies shot, I didn't care what they wanted or the dirty stares I got. When the "reminders" for his next round of shots come in the mail it will go in the trash where it belongs! I am fortunate nothing ever happened to any dogs I have ever owned but thanks to everyone out there helping & sharing, together we can stand firm & seek out Holistic Vets. I pray that I can find a "loophole" & get him licensed next year without another rabies vaccine, as I will search to no end. Many THX!
Replied by Vickie
Lansing, Mi/usa
I have a 5 month old kitten that is eating & acting fine but is having bad diarrhea. He had only one vaccine about 6wks ago. I have read many of the very sad stories abt pets and vaccines. My sincerest sympathy to any who have had very ill pets or lost a precious one to vaccines. I wanted to add, that, I understand that you can give any animal having any adverse type reaction to a vaccine or if you think an illness or tumor or cancer is vaccine related; you can treat them with homeopathic med "thuja" 30c is what is best from my natural med book on cats and dogs. I have read different dosing, tho one is to give one dose, but for 3 days. You could check the internet for other recommendations. But it could possibly save a pet's life. Also you can give even if there is no bad reaction, but I am not sure how long after the vaccine was given, this would be recommended. Hope this helps someone.

Avoiding Vaccines  

Posted by Marilyn (Oswego, Il) on 12/03/2012

I have a 2 lb., 3 mo. old yorkie. She is very small. I was thinking about not getting her any shots but she has had her first set of puppy shots. I also wanted to refuse her to get a rabies shot. Am I doing her more harm by avoding these shots which I know can kill? My worry is that she is very tiny. Also she only goes out on our deck to do her duties and then its back inside. No walks or any public contact. Am I doing the right thing?

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh/USA
A rabies shot is the law in most, if not all, states. New puppies need the following:
* The first set of shots at 9 weeks
* intervet puppy distemper parvo only
* Second set at 15 weeks same vaccine
* Rabies no earlier than 6 mos of age
* One year boosters same vaccine
* Rabies as mandated by law -- You can request your vet to run a Titers every 3 years.

What is a titer test?A titer test is a simple blood test that measures a dog or cat's antibodies to vaccine viruses (or other infectious agents). For instance, your dog may be more resistant to a virus whereas your neighbor's dog may be more prone to it. Titers accurately assess protection to the so-called "core" diseases (distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats), enabling veterinarians to judge whether a booster vaccination is necessary. All animals can have serum antibody titers measured instead of receiving vaccine boosters. The only exception is rabies re-vaccination. There is currently no state that routinely accepts a titer in lieu of the rabies vaccine, which is required by law.

There are commercially available vaccine titer tests for dogs that can be performed in a laboratory or also in the veterinarian's office for faster results. Several commercial and university veterinary diagnostic labs and Hemopet offer reliable titer testing for dogs, cats and horses.

Replied by Ly
Wilmington, Delaware
We bypass everything but the rabies shot. ONLY because its the law. The first set of shots they gave my dog almost killed her at 6 months old, which affected her immune system. I won't do it again. I'm also sorry we got her chipped. Researched the chip, read about the frequency in which alot of dogs are getting cancer in and around the injection site. My vet knows not to recomend all those shots they so eagerly sell animal owners.

Posted by Lori (Doylestown, Pa) on 03/21/2012

I have a 2 year old Yorkie named Sophie. Last year when she went for her well check our Vet told us that Sophie was perfect. At this visit Sophie received her rabies vaccine. One week to the day Sophie was on death's door. We were sent to an animal neurologist and she was diagnosed with encephalitis (sp?). She was at the hospital for a week and after much care I am happy to say that we were the recipients of a miracle and Sophie is 100% today. However, it is now time for her next check up and they want to give her a distemper shot (she did not receive it last year because of her reaction the rabies shot). I am terrified to give Sophie any sort of shot. She is an indoor dog and only has contact with her sister Mollie another Yorkie. I don't know what to do. Any advise?

Replied by Marianne
Berlin, Germany
Dear Lori: My advice: don't vaccinate your dog again. Go and read following websites:

There are plenty more. Just get informed!!! Like someone on this site said it very well: What do you expect if you put poison into your dogs?

Also check out the page on vaccination side effects on earthclinic. Go for the facts and not for propaganda.

Good luck, Marianne

Posted by Johnny (Cole Camp, Missouri, United States) on 03/07/2012

My girl is a 4 & 1/2yr old white german shepherd. She's had one puppy shot before I got her, and 3 rabies vaccinations because of City Ordinence, next one will be forced on us in April. For the last year and a half I've been giving her, 1Tbsp ACV, 1Tbsp Lemon Juice, and 1 Small Clove of Garlic, (cut into small slivers) mixed with 1 Cup of Beef or Chicken Broth, per day, 5 days out of 7. Her dog food is not top of the line, but rates 4 out of 5 stars on several trusted sites. She's a very Healthy Happy Girl, but I am very concerned about over vaccination issues. I've also read that adding a good organic Coconut Oil to her diet would also help pull the toxins of the shot out of her, and I figure it wouldn't hurt to make that a regular part of her diet any way. BTW I take the same mixture, minus the dog food of course. (LOL) Anyway any feedback on how to lessen the effects of the vaccine would be appreciated.

My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a beloved pet to Corporate Greed. My last white GSD died at 1&1/2 yrs from uncontrollable seizures. I believed the lie and thought I was protecting her from all those horrible health problems. Before that my once in a lifetime greatest dog ever, black & tan GSD died at 10yrs of throat cancer. Thank You in advance for any feedback.

Johnny & Hope in Missouri

Replied by Marianne
Berlin, Germany
Dear Johnny: Here is one advice that I find in many books written by homoeopathic doctors for avoiding damages of vaccinations (better would be to not vaccinate at all): Give your dog 5 globuli of Thuja D30 (or C30 whatever your druggist has) 1 hour before and after vaccination. Maybe you can even find a homoeopathic vet in your area. You should also ask your vet on 3 yearly rabies shots because they are available. Go to Dr. Mercolas website. I remember he had an interview with a Dr. Schulz who is a pretty well-known American vet and says that all mandatory shots will last a lifetime. But the only good shots are the ones not given.

Good luck, Marianne

Replied by Marianne
Berlin, Germany
Hi, Johnny: This is Marianne again who just wrote a reply to your post. Afterwards I went on earthclinic's vaccine damage page (

and found all kinds of interesting stuff. There is also another site mentioned which you should check out:

You should really find help there.

Good luck again, Marianne

Replied by Johnny
Cole Camp, Missouri, United States
Hi, Marianne, Thank You so much for your response. I have found Thuja at the health food store. My question is, what is a globuli? The lady at the health food store is trying to find out for me. Update lady just called, no idea what a globuli is. (LOL) I'm guessing it's a measurement? But what's the equivelent? Thanks again!
Replied by Marianne
Berlin, Germany
Hi, Johnny: Globuli is just a form of medicine in which homeopathic remedies are sold. You can get 3 forms: Tablets, globuli (which are very very small little balls) and liquid. I prefer the globuli but you can also just as well take tablets whatever your druggist lady has available. 5 globuli is the equivilant to 1 tablet. Some dogs don't take them, then you can dilute them in water or even put them in a little meatball. Maybe you can get yourself a book on homoeopathy for animals (I only know German ones but I am sure they have them in English). You can really do so much yourself without going to a vet. So just check into this subject on the internet. There is a wealth of information.

Glad that I could help you, good luck and take care.


Replied by G
Nyc, Ny
Marianne from Berlin: Someone posted that thuja only works if it is administered to the mouth, and will not work if it is ingested. You stated "put them in a little meatball". So would it work just as well if I put this in my dogs food? I am asking because my dogs are due for their state required rabies shots in a few months and I am hoping this will help to protect them. One is at least 85 lbs, the other is at least 65 lbs. What dosage do you/anyone suggest for each? Thank you in advance.
Replied by Marianne
Berlin, Germany
Dear G. : The weight of the animal does not matter. Homoeopathy works different, whether you have a mouse or an elephant you take the same dosage. What is important is that you have the right homeopathic medication. Why I prefer globuli is that you can see if the dog took it. If you dilute it in water you do not know if your dog gets it all. Same as in a meatball. This is just in case your dog is not taking the globuli or tablet which is just as well. Hope that everything is understandable otherwise just ask again.

Good luck. Marianne

Replied by G
Nyc, Ny
Thank you for your quick response..... But what about those saying that this has to be crushed/mixed with water and administered under the tongue as opposed to your saying that it works when combined with food and swallowed?
Replied by Marianne
Berlin, Germany
Dear G: It all depends how your dog is willing to take the medicine. The best way to take it (and with humans you can explain it to them so they know why they are taking it this way but with animals this is sometimes a little difficult) would be in the morning when you get up and didn't have anything to drink, eat or even brushed your teeth. You should put it on or under you tongue and let itself dissolve by itself. The medicine is being taken up by your tissues. This can be done with either globuli, tablets or liquids (med. Diluted in water or the liquid kind you can buy but that is usually prepared with alcohol). Then you should not digest anything (liquid or solid) for another 1/2 hour. So this would be the best way. If you have an emergency like for example you had a little accident and need Arnica, of course, you can take it the same way but you don't have to wait until the next morning or wait for 1/2 hour because you have eaten something before. So that is a little crashcourse on the taking of hom. med.

Now with animals it can just be a little more complicated (see above). So hom. Vets found out that - if you cannot give it in the ideal way - it also works if you give it the way I described it in my other mails - even hidden in food. So it is just a matter of how your dog will take it. But the best and surest way is the way I described it above.

I hope it makes more sense to you now. Homoeopathy is really a very sophisticated but also rather complicated medical method. If you start exploring a little more you will find out. I once prepared a presentation on the subject for people that have no idea about homoeopathy. So if you are interested give me your e-mail address and I'll send it to you. For me it is the most fascinating method around. But it cannot be explained in a couple of sentences.

Stay in touch and good luck, Marianne