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Vaccination Side Effects in Pets

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Advice for Vaccination Side Effects
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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.

Replied by Deana
Temecula, Ca
was wondering who the holistic vet is that the woman in aguanga used? please let me know
Replied by Roxana
Braidwood, IL
I have a poodle who is very healthy, will be 2 years old in July and he has developed a spot on his right front shoulder blade where the his hair is gone. Approx. size is 1-1/2 round. There is a slight feeling of warmth and at times it has a small section that is hard under the skin. A couple of weeks earlier he had a 3 year rabies shot, now 2 months later he has a hairless spot and I am worried, even though the vet does not seem to be as worried as I am.

What happened to your poodle? What do you think might have happened? He eats all natural foods, chicken, rice, green beans, carrots and broc. drinks plently of water and has good stools after he eats. He is also very active. Just has a bare spot on his right front shoulder blade area. Thanks Roxana

Replied by Bebe
San Francisco, CA
Hi Deana,

I just took my 3 year old chihuahua in to see her vet due to her right thigh's skin spot. The spot is hairless and was immediately noticeable after her rabies shot. I was assured by my vet that it's a reaction to the rabies vaccination. Smaller dogs are more prone to the reaction.

My vet can exempt my dog from her yearly rabies vaccination since she has a reaction. In the US, it is very likely that domesticated cats and dogs carry rabies so our vet assured us that our dog will be fine without the rabies vaccination.

I hope this help answer your poodles spot and you can feel somewhat relieved as I started to think that it was skin cancer.

Best to you!

Replied by Ron
Canton, Mass
Read up on vaccincations. They are 16% of vet profits. Overvaccination is something called vaccinosis. A DISEASE! Read all you can about what your pets really need. We humans don't get vaccinations every year. Titers should be checked to see if your pet really needs that yearly vaccinations.

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.

Replied by Jordan
Alexandria, Va
[DEATH REPORTED]   My Pekingnese died in four days from a distemper vaccination. He was in otherwise perfect health. The vet who had administered the shot admitted that it sometimes happens. I had never heard of a deadly reaction to a shot that we are told all dogs must have. Her sanguine advice was, if I get another dog, to "get the dog's titres checked" before getting the dog vaccinated for distemper.
Replied by Hamlet
Toronto, Canada
My sincere sympathies and deepest condolences to you and everyone everywhere whose dog has suffered a negative reaction to the lepto vac (among other vacs). Like most pet owners I, too, used to vaccinate all of my pets against most everything out there, thinking that I was acting in their best interest by doing so, only to find out later that often times the so-called "cure" is far worse than the prospect of a disease--i.e. , over-vaccination is itself a serious problem. I agree it's a problem, and not something often discussed with pet owners by vets it seems (although changing, there are still many "old school" types out there who do not like to answer questions, much less admit any fault, thinking they know best, having experienced this myself after many years of pet ownership, until I began asking a ton of questions, and then questioned some more, believing that it is I, the pet owner and not the vet who has my animal's best interest at heart, not to mention that I am the client so far as I am paying for a service, and thus entitled to full and proper disclosure so as to make a proper, informed consent, if at all. Vets are to pets what doctors are to people, and our pets I agree are not pin cushions, deserving of the best care which to me also means only the vac's they actually need, nothing more and nothing less.

Currently, I am the proud owner of Jack Russells, and whilst this is the breed most likely to get Lepto on account of its innate hunting instincts (i. E. , fox, raccoon, basically everything and anything that moves, etc. ), fact is I no longer get them vac'd vs. Lepto b/c the so-called benefits do not outweigh the risks. I say this even although my JRTs enjoy sometimes the very same habitat enjoyed by the wild creatures that spread lepto [i. E. , via urine, feces, and saliva/drinking water like steams, with the possibility always that my dogs could come into contact with an infected animal by giving chase/hunting for e. G. A sick raccoon, there being tons of raccoons in the cities and they have no regard for private property, thus giving rise to the backyard hunt/chase and potential for an infection, as I understand that disease and how it's transmitted). Of course vets (most of them anyway) highly recommend the lepto vac, especially for hunting breeds like JRTs even if, like mine, such dogs only "hunt" in their own yard and play-parks. What they don't tell you (most of them anyway) is that the lepto vac. Is only good against a couple of strains of lepto, there being many different strains with new ones having emerged since, and to which that vac. Provides no cross-protection, at all. In other words, in my opinion, and for my particular situation, any perceived benefits of the lepto vac. Would be at best minimal, and thus not outweighing the risks since my JRTs are not real life hunters (not in the field other than regulated competitions, and living not in the woods or the country but in the city, such that they don't come into contact with real prey, apart from the occasional trespassing raccoon for which their bark is usually sufficient to keep them away, but even if it didn't, what are the chances that the raccoon is a) infected, and if so, then b) that it's infected with the actual strains for which the vac. protects, as opposed to something else? Otherwise, and really, when off the property and not in a controlled competition, they are on leash 100-% of the time: wouldn't want them tearing off after some raccoon or field mouse only to get hit by a car on crossing the street, and more reason why they don't need that vaccine.

Now, if they were hunting dogs, and/or we lived out in the country, on the edge of woodlands or something then, in those circumstances, I would likely opt for the Lepto Vac. This, b/c on those facts, the risks of my dogs coming into contact with lepto would be much higher than it currently is, thus tipping the scales in favor of the vaccine. However, even then I would want it to be given separately from the core vaccines, and for the life of me don't understand why it is that some vets to this day insist pretty much on giving everything at once, and never did (administrative convenience/expediency doesn't in my opinion outweigh the risk of complications, any more than a slight as in negligible (more like non-existent) risk of contacting the actual strains against which the lepto vac. Would in my case justify my dogs getting the lepto vac. , b/c it doesn't and never did).

After reading this, I realize that my reply might sound a bit on the cold side, being analytical as it is, for which I apologize in light of the very real suffering that is being reported. Please know that it is not my intent to offend or in any way detract from the pain and suffering being felt by pet owners such as yourself (and others), for you are without question and clearly a loving and caring pet owner, doing what you thought best for your pet by agreeing to the vac. In the first place (you have my deepest sympathies, and I am sorry for your pain and suffering). I hope that you take some comfort and solace in the fact that, by sharing your story and experience, you are making certain that other pet owners are armed with knowledge, thus (I hope) ask of their vets the hard questions to which they deserve full and proper answers, after which they can make an informed decision, according to their own situation, that is proper for them and their particular pets. While the risk of a reaction to the Lepto vac. does vary, with many pets experiencing no difficulties or only slight difficulties, the fact is and remains that complications do vary from individual to individual, and at various times: of course, Lepto disease is itself very serious if contracted, costing upwards of thousands of dollars to treat. In turn, everyone has to weigh the risks vs. Benefits, keeping in mind their own situation, and decide for themselves. And if a vet won't give you proper information in which to make an informed decision, then yes, it's time to change one's vet, with that I couldn't possibly agree with you more.

Thank you so much for sharing your story, and highlighting the fact for us all, and reminding us, as to the problem of over-vaccination. Your story also reminds us to ask the hard questions of our vets, and demand from them in plain-English a proper answer, so that we properly assess both the benefits and the risks, which uniquely vary according to one's own dog and where it lives, what it does, etc. , as above noted. Wishing your pup a speedy recovery, and a long and happy life. All the best.

Replied by Judy
Concord, Ca
[SIDE EFFECTS]   My 7 year old Rat Terrier had to be rushed to the emergency room a few hours after she got a lepto vaccine. Two days and two thousand dollars later they said they didn't know what caused her to be in so much pain (she has colitis and I believe the shot exacerbated it. ) They also wouldn't admit it could have been the vaccine. She recovered and is fine but I don't take her to get shots anymore.

Posted by Linda (Roanoke, VA) on 09/20/2008

My vet does a test to determine if the antibodies are still present. If they are, there is no need to give the shots> Rabies is still required by law, but neither of mine had to have any other this year. They always test before they give any of these shots or the bordatella.

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.

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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

Posted by Kathy (Clover, Sc) on 09/20/2011

How can I deal with boarding my dog without the required shots? I have a 5 lb Maltese and right now have someone come to the house to take him out when I'm gone away. But at some point I may have to board him. Even a friend who has a kennel requires the rabies and bordatella. If she is inspected and the dogs don't have their shots, she can lose her license.

Replied by Vickie
Lansing, Mi/usa
I do not have dogs, but love them. Personally from a couple of friends & one of my own boarding experiences with my cats years ago-I would recommend skipping as many vaccines as possible and instead having a trusted friend dog sit or have one of those paid pet nannys come and vistit your pet 2-3 times a day while you are out, making sure they are bonded and insured, and have a high reputation for the safety of your pet.

Posted by Waterviola (Golden, Colorado, Usa) on 04/21/2011

oh yes - you are welcome - I love this site - so much good info. And great to be reminded of stuff that can be easily forgotten unless I talk about it with others - regarding titer test for your pet - any vetinarian should be able to administer - and send it out to a lab. The test is way more expensive than the immunization - unfortunately - but so worth the extra expense considering the added time you will give to your beloved pet (and time without disease and the pain that goes with that - since they cannot tell us whats wrong and often they suffer in silence. I plan on doing it myself as soon as possible since my dogs license has already expired - she will never have another vaccine - just being really careful in the mean time - Live IN Health!

Posted by Waterviola (Golden, Colorado, Usa) on 04/20/2011

If your pet has had even one rabies shot - he will have evidence of that in his blood due to the antibodies - no need to have more vacinations for the same shot-year after year -that is over use and misuse of vaccines and that is very debilitating for your pet - get a titer instead - a blood test that recognizes the antibodies which will render another vaccine of the same unecessary (and proof of this titer test is acceptable verification for city license for your pet)

The same is true for all other vacinnations - Live in Health!

Replied by Jr
Coloma, Mi
Thanks so much for that information. Just curious.. Do you have any idea what a titer test costs?
Replied by Jr
Coloma, Mi
I have one more question about the titer test. Who does that? Does the vet do it?

Posted by Jr (Coloma, Mi) on 04/13/2011

I have been fighting illness in my dog due to all the vaccinations, heartworm medication etc. She is finally starting to do better and it's time for another Rabies vaccination. Does anyone know any way around this? I can't get a dog license unless I show she has had her rabies shot and I don't want to put her through another vaccination as it just makes her sick and back to square one.

Replied by Dianna
Austin, Tx
why do you need a dog license? you can just keep the old one on your dog and don't bring anyone's attention to it.

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Posted by Mi (St Augustine, Florida) on 06/03/2009

How many Booster shots does a puppy need any way? When I first purchased my male rat terrier, the seller told me that he already got his first set of shots and gave me the vet's paper work for my vet. When I took my puppy to the vet for exam they told me that they were going to start all over because I waited too long to get him his next booster. I have been going every month to the vet for booster shots since that first time and it never seems to end. The last time I went to the vet, they told me that was all the shots he needed and he got his rabies shot too. Now I receive a reminder that he now needs his Corona booster #4 and DHPP booster #5 - gee how many of these booster shots does he really need? Will it harm him if I do not get these (hopefully) last set of shots? Thank you for your assistance.

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Posted by Jody P. (Ct.) on 10/16/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My 10 year old beagle Annie had her bordetella vaccine on 9/6/15. The next day she became gravely ill. She seemed to be in severe pain and would flinch when you tried to touch her, especially around the head. I rushed her to our vet and spent 2 days in the hospital. She was sent home with prednisone and antibiotics. She seemed to slowly be getting better until 3 weeks later when Annie developed a severe eye infection. Our vet referred us to a pet eyecare specialist and he concluded it was caused by nerve damage on the left side of her head. Annie was happy and healthy prior to the vaccine.

(HERE IS THE KICKER) our vet contacted the manufacturer or the vaccine and they replied that they have never heard of any problems with the vaccine. Then our vet said they are going to send us a check for 1,300.00 dollars.and they did. Something is very rotten in Denmark. Something must be done about this.

Posted by Dale (Nj) on 06/30/2015

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Please help me... my perfectly healthy 6 year old Tibetan terrier had his bordetella shot in April and has not been the same. He has seen 2 vets, many tests, xrays, ultra sounds, blood, stool and all have come back negative.

He is anemic, lethargic, lost weight, and appetite. I did some research on this vaccine, and am frightened with what I am reading on the side effects.

Please guide me as to how I should approach this horrible situation.

Thank you in advance,


Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Dale!

Did your vet check for Immune mediated hemolytic anemia? This is one documented vaccine side effect.

From the web:

"Immune mediated hemolytic anemia is a severe, life-threatening disease whereby theimmune system targets and destroys the red blood cells of the body, resulting in anemia, jaundice (yellow gums), pale gums, weakness and sometimes fever. Animals can be so severely anemic that they need blood transfusions to stay alive and some maydie as a result of anemia and lack of oxygen to tissues or as a result of blood clotsentering the lungs, brain or kidneys (ruptured red blood cell membranes float around causingclots to form). These animals are sometimes very sick and in need of special veterinary care and immune-suppressive medications in order to recover. Some willnot recover despite what we do.

When to worry:

Any dog with pale or yellow gums must be seen by a vet. These signs will often be accompanied by variable signs of lethargy (tiredness), low exercise tolerance, collapse, dark coloured urine (the urine is often deep yellow, red - the colour of port wine - or brown), heavy or rapid breathing and sometimes inappetence and fever."