Rabies Vaccine Side Effects in Dogs

Jan 04, 2017

Earth Clinic readers have reported numerous side effects to the Rabies Vaccine over the years. Side effects from the Rabies Vaccine include vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, drooling, neurological problems, swelling, itching, weight loss, and wounds at the site of the vaccine. Some side effects present right away, others take some time to be apparent, including arthritis and growths at the site of the vaccine. Some pet owners have experienced that their dog has a dramatic change in behavior, for the worse. Sadly, a number of deaths have been reported.

Reader Reported Side Effects from Rabies Vaccinations

Diana from PA experienced a variety of side effects when her dog got his Rabies Vaccine. "I had always followed the "rules" and allowed my Papillon to receive his prescribed rabies shot. About four years ago, after receiving the shot, we had just arrived home about 20 minutes from the vet's office, when I noticed his behavior was becoming a bit frantic, he was drooling and his little face was beginning to swell. I became hysterical, phoned the vet's office and told them we would be returning pronto... Upon arrival, they whisked him back and gave a shot of epinephrine and steroids. Since that time, whenever he gets his rabies shot, he must always get a steroid shot first.

This year my Papillon is 11 years old and he went for his rabies shot, as usual, he received his steroids first. But this year was different. It's been several weeks now and he seems withdrawn, cautious and something all family members have noticed is that his hearing seems to have significantly deteriorated since receiving the shot. I had been suspicous of the shot all along, however now even more so. After reading other posts, I will do more research and decide what to do from this point forward."

In New Mexico, Summer's Toy Fox Terrier "developed a bald spot on the right shoulder just above the leg from the rabies vaccination injection. The hair di not grown back after several months and the spot is completely bare. Our vet did not seem concerned about it and gave the next injections under the front right leg. He has since developed a small bump under the skin at the second injection site."

Reducing Risks of Side Effects from Rabies Vaccinations

Puppies should not receive Rabies Vaccines before the age of 16 weeks. Please be familiar with your local laws; some states do not require the vaccine before 5-6 months. It is always preferable to delay vaccinations until puppies are older and stronger, whenever possible. A three year Rabies Vaccine is preferable to a yearly vaccine; a yearly shot is a lot of stress on the immune system. You may also be able to request a Rabies Titer instead of a Rabies Booster. It is best to avoid any vaccinations when a pet is already sick.

If your puppy or dog experiences side effects from the Rabies Vaccine, please be sure to let us know. Continue reading below to read testimonials from hundreds of our readers who reported suspected side effects from the rabies vaccine. Be forewarned that some of these testimonials have tragic endings.

If you suspect your dog is experiencing side effects from Rabies Vaccine, please visit our rabies side effects treatment page here.

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.

Replied by Jordan's Mom
Lansing, Mi Usa

I am so very sorry about your baby. It should never have happened. Rabies vaccine, unless you live in the hills around a lot of wild animals I would just plain not do. I do not know if there are any "nosode" vaccines for rabies but there more than likely are for other cat diseases. We had a dog when I was young that contracted distempter B4 he got vaccinated & he survived to a ripe old age. I also had a kitten once that I was quite sure I was treating for distemper, tho it was a bit touch and go due to the youngness of the kitten, but he survived also. I feel your pain, anger and frustration. Wish I could bring your baby back for you. Vaccines are a #1 money maker for most veterinarians, unfortunately. Even the true protocol has changed much over the last few years concerning how often to do vaccines and after an animal is a certain age, they don't need more but should be good for life. Also facts most vets do not share with us! Hope you feel better.

Replied by Chaplain Nancy
Norridgewock, Miane Somerset County

After reading all this I know my cat has cancer because he got the rabies shot three weeks ago and on the right hind leg he has a lump. I already know because his brother died this year after thousands of dollars in operations and Medications and the cat last year my Fluffy suffered from Squamous cell carcinoma it was all from the shots cause after he got the shot he was very sick and it all began but I was suspicious and tried to trust the lousy vets that rip people off with the drug companies etc. She knew darn well I loved my animals and now my last one from that group is not going to die in pain. I have been to one of the best sites you can go to for help to keep them active and comfortable before they die and you can buy time with the cancer kit they have The site is called Pet Wellbeing Store I ordered Cancer support Kit It was $49.95 and lasts 6 months and a lot of people's cats and dogs live for quite a lot of years taking this stuff I will recieve it in 3-7 days postal service. I am happy I will have my baby for perhaps a few more years instead of watching him die in pain this stuff lets them go on untill the disease takes over but they are in no pain. If you use it with Radiation therapy the animal has a great chance to get better all together.

My boy is 14 and I will be glad for a few more years of his love. I hope and wish all of you well with your pets and if you find a way to sue please get in touch with me I will sign your petition for this in a heart beat Three losses is way too much. I can't wait for her to call Thursday as I am scheduling am appointment with her to let her know what thiefs I feel they are on innocent pets that are very loved by their owners. They know we will pay for their wellbeing and get away with taking from the helpless pet owners.

Replied by Renate
Parrish, FL, USA

Our cats did not have a reaction to their vaccinations, but when we got our last Siamese, the breeder told me NOT to let the vet give him his rabies shots. The breeder sees no reason for the cats to see the vet unless they are ill. They will go only when they are ill and only after I read the posts on this site for self care. Many Vets only want to write that script for meds! A few years back I no longer let our cats go outside so they are now inside only. Our older cats have not been to the vet in years. They are very healthy. Our oldest is 15 yrs old. It is way too dangerous for cats to be outside these days.

Replied by Mary
Southaven, MS

Yes, you can avoid future rabies vaccinations by having a titer test done instead. My chi, as well, will NOT have further vaccinations. Two reactions she's had have convinced me that the risk is just too great.

Replied by SLB
Indianapolis, Indiana

Rabies vaccine should not be administered to such young dogs.

Replied by Jaime
Norristown, PA
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Hello, My 7 pound Chi just got a rabies shot. he is shaking like a leaf and he is limping pretty bad. he wont eat and all he does is sleep. did this happen to your chi? is your dog any better now?? thank you!

General Feedback  

Posted by Megan (Horseheads, Ny) on 11/19/2013

A natural vet just told me that in the awful state of NY that even here you can get a letter to not vac your dog. She does't get hers done. However it's all or none in NY so I won't be able to get out of it for my dogs. but the next ones I will. Course I will be in NC by then out of this awful state!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Megan!

The *only* vaccination required by law in NY and all other states is Rabies. You are not required by law to vaccinate for anything else, however boarding kennels may have a policy requirement that your pet have the standard vaccinations and kennel cough prior to accepting your business.

Most states DO have a rabies exemption or waiver IF vaccinating the animal with the rabies vaccine will endager or adversely affect the pet's health or life. The waiver can only be obtained with a written letter from a licensed veterinarian.

Link for NY Rabies law: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/nycode/AGM/7/109

Posted by Karen (Deland, Fl) on 02/14/2010

Here is an interesting article written by a veterinarian in Clearwater, FL....

"The Big Scam: Rabies Vaccination
written by John Fundens, D.V.M.

I would like to give you, the reader, the truth about the so called required vaccinations, particularly rabies. There are two basic forms of law. One is the legal Constitutional and Common law that this country was founded on, and the other is "colorable" law passed by Administrative agencies/bureaucrats who have been given so called authority to pass laws. Black's Law Dictionary 5th Edition defines colorable law as "That which is in appearance only, and not in reality, what purports to be, hence counterfeit, feigned, having the appearance of truth." Yes, I study the law, am a paralegal, and have an extensive law library.

So any and all mandatory rabies vaccination programs are colorable law, in that they have been passed and mandated upon the pet owning public by certain vested interest groups. Who are these groups? First and foremost are veterinarians, in general, and veterinarian medical organizations. Second are the local animal control personnel, bureaucrats and politicians. What are their reasons? GREED, POWER AND CONTROL. Both these large powerful interest groups stand to benefit greatly by having rabies mandated by colorable law.

Veterinarians receive a large percentage of both their gross income and profit from vaccines given in the office. On average vaccines cost 60 to 95 cents per dose and are charged to the client at $15 to $25 per injection and substantially more in the large cities. Therefore, if veterinarians lobby to have a colorable law passed to give rabies vaccine every year that enhances their financial picture.

The veterinary medical societies, by working with other groups and area politicians, are rewarded by increased prestige and professional standing in the community. After all we are protecting you from the dreaded disease rabies, whether it exists or not. Some areas of the country are more enlightened and fortunate to have the rabies vaccine mandated every three years. You can be assured the rise of rabies is never taken into account as to whether the vaccine should be required or not. More on this later. The local government personnel benefit by extending more control over our lives, enriching the public treasury with fees, tags and fines, and giving the appearance that local government is doing something about animal populations, disease and risks to the public. Since rabies vaccines have been mandated, what county or area has seen less dog and cat bites, better animal control, more public awareness and educating of pet owning responsibility, better birth control of unwanted animals, less euthanasia of animals and decreased growth of animal control facilities?

These special groups and lobbies will use any argument, realistic or not, to justify their position. They are excellent at using the media to spread the lies and distortions. Examples: We have increased numbers of dogs biting people, pitbulls attacking and killing children are on the increase, more dogs and cats are running loose terrorizing neighborhoods, killing wildlife and other domestic stock, etc...ad nausaem. The only thing rabies vaccination is for is the protection from rabies virus, all other justifiers for the vaccine fall under human control and exist because there are a certain number of humans, connected to animals, who are irresponsible. Rabies is spread by the bite of an infected animal. The number of dog/cat bite cases in the U.S. that expose humans to rabies is as rare as shark attacks. This low incident rate has nothing to do with mandatory vaccination as the number of cases was low before the mandatory requirement.

Let me give you an example of Pinellas County, FL where my Affinity Clinic is located. I secured information from Pinellas Animal Control through the Freedom of Information Act. The record of animal control starts in 1964. From 1964 to 1978 there were zero cases of dog rabies in the county. Magically in 1978 rabies vaccine was mandated to be given every year and all dogs tagged and licensed. WHY? Well it seems four veterinarians, with animal control bureaucrats, pushed the county board of supervisors to pass a law mandating rabies vaccination every year. There were three local vets and one professor from the State Veterinary College who were behind this. It was interesting reading their letters pushing this law and the minutes of the county meeting. There was talk of dogs biting people (no actual figures given), dogs running loose, animal overpopulation, rabies on the increase in the U.S. (the increase was in wildlife, not dogs), etc.,etc. Not once was the issue discussed that there was no rabies in the county in dogs. To this date there still has not been one case of dog rabies, including the population of dogs whose owners, GOD BLESS THEM, do not vaccinate for rabies. Let's go further.

From 1964 to 1989 there were no cases of rabies in cats in Pinellas County. Magically in 1989 a law was passed mandating rabies vaccination, tags and licenses for all cats. Same tired worn out excuses were used. Since the 1989 law there was one cat with rabies contracted from the bite of a bat. DO YOU READERS REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT I HAVE JUST STATED? This is standard throughout the Country. No allowance is made for dogs/cats who never leave the house or yard, could never be exposed to rabies under any circumstances, or who are so ill, old or at the end of their life cycle that the rabies vaccine would throw them over the edge. No, all dogs and cats are treated the same because we have the bogeyman, rabies, stalking the streets waiting to strike unprotected dogs and cats.

Is there rabies in this Country? You bet. Are there areas of this Country that have rabies in their wildlife population and do some dogs/cats become infected? You bet. But let's be realistic. Rabies has been on this earth long before man walked here and will be here long after we are gone. The only way to get rid of rabies is to remove mankind and the upper animals susceptible to the virus. Then maybe the virus will die off. It is a self limiting disease in the wild as it is fatal. So the virus has an extremely hard time spreading far and wide.

What is wrong with targeting those areas of the Country that have a problem with rabies using a realistic and specially formulated program that will protect the population at risk? Too logical and the special groups don't make any money. Why not educate the pet owner to the risks and dangers and let them decide whether the immune system damage from rabies vaccination is greater or lesser than contracting the disease. We do have a God given Constitutionally secured right to LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Public health officials always have the right to mandate emergency health care procedures in case the public, in general does not respond properly. But why should every day, month and year be as if an emergency or crisis exists? And why should we have more and more control of our lives taken from us?

The vaccines, particularly rabies, are a political and economic scam being forced upon pet owners because they do not know the truth. Rabies, nationwide, is nowhere near the problem the veterinarians, media, politicians and bureaucrats would like you to believe. If you wish more of the truth go to your local city or county government building and look up the codes and statutes concerning vaccines and rabies. Get figures from local animal control for rabies in dogs, cats and wildlife in your area. Then you can start to fight back, take control of your life, and protect your pet from the only dreaded disease that is important--special interest groups pushing their program leading to vaccine induced damaged immune systems. Only you can set yourself free.

Current Veterinary Therapy by Kirk, the textbook bible for veterinarians in general, has an article on canine and feline vaccines by two researchers. Near the end of the article is a paragraph called Annual Vaccinations. It states "The practice of annual vaccinations lacks scientific validity or verification. There is no immunological requirement for annual vaccinations. The practice of annual vaccinations should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law." Sure, if we can't manipulate you with annual vaccinations let's pass a law to get you into the office. Nice trick!

Well reader, it is your choice. I can only hope to stimulate you to look and go further. You don't have to take this suppression. Fight back. The only thing you have to lose is your freedom and you have already lost a great deal of it. I can fight with you but I can't do it alone."

Rabies Titer  

Posted by Noelle (Ne) on 02/19/2015

Our city limits require a rabies vaccination or else you get a nasty-gram from the Humane Society. Three strikes and you can no longer own pets. Anyway, that being said, I get a rabies titer every year for my dachshund. He has chronic pancreatitis and the rabies titer is allowed in lieu of a current vaccination.

Posted by Tassmum (Reno, Nv, Usa) on 10/01/2010

Rabies Titers:

Because of bad vaccination experiences, I had rabies titers done on my adopted 8-year-old Border Collie mix in place of the shot. Her titers count was much higher than the law requires, I'm sure because of having a shot (unnecessary) every year before I adopted her. Doing titers is very expensive but it's worth it to me to save my dog. Because of the high titer count, Animal Control no longer requires that my dog have an annual shot to get her license.

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Posted by Tammy (Princeton, Wv) on 01/03/2017
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I desperately need some immediate help and advice.

Our little 3 year dog received his rabies shot last Wednesday and almost immediately started drooling. (he only got the shot because they required it to neuter him) He wasn't his same self for days and by Saturday was struggling to go up the stairs. By Sunday morning his back legs were paralyzed. We rushed him to the animal hospital and they keep saying he must have injured a disk, however he hasn't been active since receiving the shot (along with the distemper vaccine).He is alive and on pain meds, steroids, and muscle relaxers but I am not seeing improvement.

What can I do??

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Tammy,

You might consider homeopathic remedies Thuja and also Silcea - google up on dosing, you should have no problem finding info about these two remedies. Also consider activated charcoal or bentonite clay - a tsp added to the food am and pm to help pull out toxins. Did he get neutered? One other thought is that during anesthesia all muscles are totally relaxed and can result in the animal waking up with all their bones out of adjustment/vertebra subluxation. You might consider a doggy chiro and should also seek out a holistic vet for vaccine repair.

Posted by Connie (The Villages, Fl) on 11/16/2016
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My dog that is 12 old and 2 years old had a reaction to the rabies vac .....right after it was give the first year. Seizure, loose stools, vomiting. This year he was pre medicated and same thing except he is having loose stools, blood from his rectum x4 weeks. This is off and on and it started that day. He goes several days normal and then it hits him again. We have him on pre digested food and no stress. He is miserable but our vet says it is unrelated

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Connie,

You might see if the homeopathic remedies Thuja and Silicea will help your pet. These remedies have been helpful in negating side effects from vaccines.

Posted by Gabriel (Sun City, California) on 10/15/2016
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At 4 months Sophie Siberian Husky received her first rabies shot. Before she was fine and willing to be trained. After vaccine she does not listen, is very aggressive, is constantly biting on everything and anything, yelps for no reason, barks at my children and myself, strange dry sporatic cough and very hyper. I am so sad. She is a completely different dog that I loved so much.

Posted by Saddoggiemommy (California) on 09/05/2016
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We just took my 16 year old bichon mix to get a rabies shot at one of those mobile vets (nationally known) as the groomer would not take her without her current shot. I was hesitant cause for her age she is pretty spunky, and even though she has not had a reaction ever from it, she was 3 years younger when she got the last one. They gave her the shot and almost immediately she started to cry and limp, we rubbed the area hoping she just needed a few hours to feel better. Well it's the next day and she is so lethargic, she won't eat she urinating on the floor. She is walking around with her tail in between her legs. I am watching her like a hawk...I have a terrible feeling about this, and I'm sure I will be headed to an emergency vet today (of course its labor day and my vet isn't opened) I should have gone with my gut and just not had it done :(

Replied by Tiffany

I'm so sorry for this vaccination outcome for you and your dog, but it is expected. Over vaccination is a problem with all dogs and I've lost several because of over vaccination. I've learned however and I suggest you go to Dr. Wil Falconer, homeopathic vet web site: vitalanimal.com to learn all you can on vaccines for dogs. You will not be disappointed. There is nothing the vet can do but it is possible that Dr. Falconer has something on his website that can help you. His web site is a very good place to start your research. I'm thinking he might suggest a homeopathic medicine called Thuja Occidentalis to help your dog. It's made by BoIron or Hylands and available at health food store. Give 1 tab (rolled in cheese) 3 X's per day. Make sure your hands never touch the very small pellets as then they will be inactive. Hope its not too late for you to get a good response from Thuja (pronounced: Thu-Ya).

Posted by Shannan (Az) on 11/16/2015
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My 7th month old lab/border received the rabies vaccine on Wed night. She is still lethargic and won't eat. It's starting to really worry me. She just threw up a little tonight. I don't know what to do.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Shannan,

While it is possible you are seeing a side effect of the rabies vaccine, it is also possible your dog got exposed to distemper or parvo while at the vet's office. I would also contact the vet and let them know that your girl is experiencing a side effect and ask for their direction ... and also ask if there were any parvo or distemper dogs in the office that day. If this were my dog I would get some activated charcoal into her ASAP and begin treating for parvo.

Posted by Krissy (California) on 07/13/2015
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We have raised Weimaraners all our lives. We have had 3 die of renal failure within 2 weeks of getting rabies vaccines. Our young Weimaraner was induced to play with a thin skinned old man and his tooth, not a bite, nicked his forearm skin. The lying man reported a dog bite and now Animal Control is involved. I won't license or vaccinate my adopted and previously vaccinated dogs because I don't want them having the same fate as 3 of our who have died. Yes, many have not died, but 3 is too many. Especially since canine rabies has been eradicated from the USA. In a pickle and don't know what to do. They demand we license the dogs, doing that means we have to vaccinate. Now, what!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Krissy!

I feel for your situation; being licensed anywhere requires a rabies vaccination. It is possible you can obtain a rabies waiver due to health conditions; discuss this with your veterinarian. While I have not had the pleasure of owning a weim, it sure does seem they are predisposed to vaccine reactions; based on this breed predisposition your vet may be OK with granting your dog a waiver.

Animal Control is involved and while distasteful it may be of benefit to cooperate. Is your dog under quarantine at present?

If you have animals over your city limit, you should find a way to immediately come into compliance with all city code. This may mean fostering some pets out for a spell of time. If you have a fence, make sure it is secure; if your property looks unkempt, clean it up and make it tidy. Now is not the time to fight a battle of ethics over how tall the grass is - just mow it, and do what it takes to be in compliance.

Part of compliance may mean your dog has to wear a muzzle. It is possible you can have a hearing to challenge such a requirement, or to challenge a 'dangerous dog' designation - particularly if you have a fair chance to explain the circumstances of the 'scratch'. As a sporting breed a certain amount of 'mouthiness' should be expected, but this breed trait may be surprising to thin skinned old men, so again if you can rationally and calmly explain the situation in a hearing you should do so. It might not hurt to obtain a legal opinion; google 'dog advocate lawyer' and similar and see what names come up.

If your puppy is a handful get training classes and CGC certification ASAP - prior to any hearing if possible.

Because you will be required to get rabies, plan ahead. Dose Thuja Occidentalis before the rabies vaccination and after, and continue dosing afterward for up to three days. Because you know the breed may have renal complications do a panel before the shot for a baseline, and then follow up to ensure your boy isn't crashing.

In my experience the key here is to satisfy A/C that you 1) do not have a rabid dog, 2) you do not have a dangerous dog and 3) you have a dog with health issues/breed disposition such that vaccination is not recommended by your vet/per your vet waiver.

Good luck and please report back!

Posted by Julie (Vegas) on 05/29/2015
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Death reported 6th days after my snooky got her booster & 3yrs rabies shot & something inserted thru her nostrils. She was 4yrs old under 4lbs shih tzu

Posted by Beth (Wooster, Ohio) on 05/11/2015
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I have a 6 year old lab mix. She received her rabies vaccination on April 23,2015. I have never had any issues with her health until after this shot. Her symptoms did not show until 4 days ago which would have been May 8,2015. She now seems to have lost functioning on the left side of her face and her motor skills are very bad. She seems way off balance and her left ear and left side of her lip does not move. She still seems happy and is eating ok and using the bathroom as usual but I am very concerned maybe she had a stroke or something is very wrong. I have contacted my vet but he ensures me that in his 28 years of practice he has never seen any reaction to a rabies shot as I have described. Please HELP!

Thanks, Beth

Replied by Katie
Northport, Ny

Contact a homeopathic vet immediately, do not wait! They are supposed to have excellent success in antidoting and possibly reversing the negative side effects of vaccinations, including rabies.

Replied by Katie

Beth, in case you don't know who to contact for homeopathic vet help, here are some suggestions. These vets are homeopaths and I believe they all do phone consultations too. Note: I've seen a number of articles written by Dr. Falconer on vaccinations and vaccination side effects in places like Dogs Naturally Magazine and on other places on the internet. I hope this helps you and your dog.

Dr. Will Falconer, DVM, 512-288-5400

Dr. Michael Dym, DVM 609-413-2194

Dr. Charles Loops, DVM 919-542-0442

Posted by Kay (Jax, Fl, Usa) on 05/28/2014

With my new pup the state law requires a rabies vaccine to be given to dogs at the age of 4 months. I am concerned about injecting this vaccine into my pup. The breeder recommended if I could wait until the pup is six months the breeder felt it better. Any input?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

I'm with your breeder on this one - wait until 6 months if you can, and if you aren't in a high risk area for rabies.

You will need the first rabies, and then at 1 year a booster; after that for the second year you can opt for the 3-year booster, which is identical to the 1 year booster but labeled differently [really]. You might wish to dose homeopathic Thuja Occidentalis 1 hour before the vaccination, and then immediately after the vaccination or as prescribed on the little bottle.

Posted by Tonya (Northern Michigan, Usa) on 02/01/2014
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Feb, 2012 I had my hound Roscoe vacinated with a "booster" for his rabies that the county requires. Roscoe was a very healthy, though elderly (12 yrs old) dog. He first showed signs that something was wrong within 2 months when a small rectangular area of his upper back at his shoulders started swelling. I suspected it was a fatty tumor, which my vet said was harmless... within two more months it appeared as 4 small "ball shaped growths on the rectangular area...

By August the original "balls" were the size of golf balls and were producing grape size similar "balls" on top of the original growths... My vet said "when he is uncomfortable enough we can let him go"... within the next two months the growths were tennis ball size and increased his original weight by 10#s... he had also lost his own body weight to where his ribs were starting to show, and his only joy was eating. Walking was hard as the growths were above his shoulder blades, where he had the injection.

December 1st I had already checked with other vets and they said "we can remove the growths" for aprox 830.00usd. I live on SSD and had no way of paying that money. No one takes payments anymore. So I had to say good by to my best friend who was so happy and healthy less than a year ago.

Thank you for letting me tell you about my dear Roscoe, a beautiful Plott Hound, I miss him everyday, and would never have approved his getting that vaccine if I had any idea that this was going to happen. Tonya

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Tonya!

I am so sorry for your loss of Roscoe :(

Thank you for sharing your story. I am sure like many Plotts, Roscoe was a very regal gentleman. The sky will be brighter tonight, now that Roscoe's star is shining down on us from the heavens.