Lyme Vaccine Side Effects in Dogs

Oct 12, 2017

Lyme Disease can be a very serious disease for dogs. A vaccine for such a feared disease is great in theory. However many, many pets have had serious side effects from the Vaccine for Lyme Disease including behavioral changes, arthritis, pain, vomiting, lethargy, loss of consciousness, and death.

Earth Clinic readers have shared many alarming stories of reactions in their dogs to the Lyme Vaccine.

Anne from Wisconsin tells us, "My vet suggested my coonhound mix, Trixie, be vaccinated for Lyme disease even though I use tick prevention all year. Within 3 days she was having trouble moving her head and neck and "screamed" if anyone bumped her. She is normally somewhat crazy, jumping and barking at everything, but she stopped barking completely."

"Maxsmom25" from UT shares that her four month old puppy had a reaction to the Lyme Vaccine, "It was terrifying. He went limp and was vomiting, luckily we were still at the vet so they were able to reverse it. But now I am terrified about going back to continue vaccinations!"

In Virginia, Pamela's 11 year old dog went lame within 24 hours of receiving the Lyme Disease Vaccine.

Should My Dog Get the Lyme Vaccine?

What is a pet owner to do? There are risks to the vaccine and risks to the disease it is meant to prevent! But pet owners do have a choice, this is not a mandatory vaccine. In areas where animals are not at risk for tick-borne disease, the risk of the disease is low. Animals that are kept indoors are at low risk, unless the pet owners bring the ticks in on their clothes. There are products to prevent ticks in animals, but these products often come with side effects, too. Happily, may pet owners have found some natural alternatives to these products.

Reducing Risks of Lyme Disease in Dogs

If you have control of your pet's outdoor area, you can work to keep the area tick-free and greatly reduce the risk of Lyme Disease without the worry of the vaccine. Keeping grass short and eliminating brushy areas helps a lot with tick problems. Some pet owners sprinkle cedar granules or diatomaceous earth in the yard to prevent ticks. This may need to be done several times during tick season.

If you do get your pet vaccinated for Lyme Disease, do not get the vaccine if your pet is ill. It is also best to only get one vaccine at a time. This makes it easier to know what vaccine is causing a problem, should your pet have a reaction.

Scroll down to read the stories about the Lyme Vaccine sent to us by Earth Clinic readers.

If your pet has experienced side effects from the Lyme Disease Vaccination, please share your experience!



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Posted by Jessica (Jessie) on 10/12/2017
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Hello, my dog is a three year old lab/Shepard mix, his name is Brock. He received his booster shot for Lyme disease two days ago. Since then he is not acting like himself. He normally is at my side, he is acting scared and is off by himself. It's breaking my heart, I even tried bribing him with treats, nothing is working.


Posted by Heather Sanchez (Willseyville) on 10/11/2017
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I too my new two year old rescue dog in for a free vet check he recommended the lyne disease vaccination and after suffering with horrible Lyme disease myself bedridden for years and in wheelchair before they figured me out I jumped at this for my dog I asked if any bad side effects and if it's truly safe. One hour after the shot, she shakes and tremors in legs then bit me if I touch her backside where shot is. She won't get off couch or jump up she whining and acts in great pain. I cried when I did my research on it. OMG! What did I do to my pup. I'm so upset! This is horrible.


Posted by Flynn (Butler) on 08/11/2017
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I took my Shih Tzu to get a lymes vaccine and that evening he wouldn't eat or play. The next day same thing I called the vet they said it was not the vaccine. Day 3 still the same so I took him for an ER visit to the vet. They stuck with not the vaccine ...I paid 325.00 for blood test and visit. went home with nausea meds that did nothing. How long will it take for my Pup to feel better. We will not get round 2 of the lymes.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
08/14/2017

Hey Flynn,

You might consider homeopathic Silca for your Shih Tzu.


Posted by Mariamagdalena (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 06/03/2017
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After reading a few websites now we're convinced that our standard poodle had an allergic reaction to the shot for Lyme disease. The day after he had his shots he started not being himself. He couldn't even jump on the bed anymore and after he had a bath he was not even able to shake his body like he normally did and he stopped barking all this happen and it lasted about 1 week. He is five years, four months old and had the lyme disease shot every year for the past four years and this is the first time he had this kind of reaction but it scared us enough to where he's not going to be getting the shot ever again will just take other other precautions.


Posted by Pippa (Duxbury, Ma) on 05/26/2017
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LYME VACCINE ADVERSE EFFECTS:

As dog owners that have watched our pets suffer from Lyme vaccine reactions and adverse effects, we need a collection of data. The data needs to be sent to American Veterinary Medical Association, American Kennel Club. My vet "pushes" it. This year it was included in vaccines at yearly physical. I found out that they received Lyme Vaccine when I paid bill. I have two Shelties. Foxy became lame in her right front leg after vaccine 2 years in a row. It resolved. The vet insists that "this is not due to vaccine as he has never seen this reaction. The next year the same reaction happened immediately after Lyme vaccination. Foxy was not to get the vaccine again. She got it again this year without my knowledge.

Shelly ( 2nd sheltie ) this year vomited profusely in vet office after vaccine. The injection site was swollen with discharge. She cries in pain. I contacted vet and going in today. Again VET DENIES THAT LYME VACCINATION COULD DO THIS. AND YES THEY PUSH THE VACCINE AND ADAMANTLY DENY THAT IT HAS SIDE EFFECTS.

AS PET OWNERS WE NEED TO COMPILE OUR PET'S adverse reactions and submit them to THE AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND DEMAND A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION AND PUBLICATION OF ADVERSE REACTIONS SHORT AND LONG TERM.

I live in New England. We camp. Use Advantix 2 and have never had a tick. Yards can be safely treated without chemicals.

Very worried about Shelly. It is as though her entire body is painful to palpation, touch. THERE NEEDS TO BE CONSUMER AWARENESS . Do veterinarians report adverse effects of medications and vaccines as doctors and hospitals do?

Replied by Julie
Albany Ny
10/11/2017

I hate it when vets say effects are not related to vaccines, especially since they never saw it before. Like people, each dog is different. Pet owners need to go with their gut and common sense. I am a licensed vet tech and I know for a fact that vaccines make up a huge part of a vet's income and they don't like to admit it. DO NOT let vets push vaccines on your dog. Rabies vaccine is required by law but distemper should NOT be administered yearly after a dog has had their first set of shots and then one year after. Three or more years after that!!!


Posted by Kathy (Ny) on 04/29/2017
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My 8 month old GSD received the Lyme vaccination and within hours began limping and became lethargic. He became worse and returned to the vet the next day. He had a 106 temp and could not bear weight on his front leg. Was given an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. It's been 2 days and he is slowly responding. Needless to say, he won't be getting the 2nd dose

Replied by Marie
Washington
05/11/2017

Hello,

I hope your puppy is doing better. We must only vaccinate for distemper, parvo, and rabies. Then, before any further vaccinations, have a blood test called a titer taken to detect immunity. Any reaction is positive for immunity, where no reaction truly shows no further immunity. Titers are acceptable in place of continuing rabies vaccinations in many states and countries now. Please go on line and watch the interview on Dr. Mercola regarding pet vaccinations. It is quite eye opening. The Lyme vaccination is a killed version of the virus so adding L-lysine daily at about 1/16th tsp powdered may help, and the homeopathic Thuya 30c 4 pellets, 3 times a day for a week. I always advise any pet owner to stay outside the vets office for an hour after any vaccination in case of shock. I learned this with my own dog. She nearly died after a neurological reaction to a rabies booster at the age of 8 in 2012, after which she became autoimmune. She was put down last year. I wish I knew this then. Good luck.


Posted by Nath (New Brunswick) on 04/20/2017
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After my yorkie had the lyme vaccine...I realize she has a hard lump at the spot of the vaccine...is it normal? - 2 weeks now 😢


Posted by Dd (Devils Lake, Nd) on 09/29/2016
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My Golden Retriever had the Lymes vaccine and within two days she was lethargic, crying and could not get up by herself. After taking her to the vet they gave her aspirin saying they thought it was an ACL injury. A month later she was still not well, in fact worse. We had xrays for her hips and decided it was not hip displaysa. After going to another vet they decided it was due to the Lymes vaccine. It is attacking her. Her muscles in her legs would shake and she could not get up by herself. We have put her on prednisone and she is better however when we lower the dose to 1/2 pill every other day she goes back down hill, so then we have to go back up to the previous dose of 1/2 pill every day. We don't know if she will ever get off of the Prednisone. This has been going on since April 2016 and it is now the end of September. If anyone has any suggestions I would like to hear them.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/01/2016

Hey Dd,

You might find a holistic vet to repair the damage. http://www.ahvma.org/ If you cannot locate a holistic vet a common remedy for vaccine damage and allergic reactions is thuja occidentalis. You can usually find thuja at most health food stores. Google on what dosing schedule applies in your particular situation.


Posted by Johnny (Pittsburgh, Pa ) on 08/08/2016
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Took both of our chihuahuas to Petsmart for their Sunday clinics where vaccines are much cheaper. We needed to get our dogs the lymes vaccine because we're taking them to the beach in a few weeks. Later that nite our one older chihuahua started acting different. The younger one is fine. She Didn't want any attention, was more scared than usual and slept under the bed instead of on the bed with us. She also is shaking non stop and screams if you touch any where near the injection site. It's been over 24 hours with no change. Is this normal? Or should I be worried!

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia
08/08/2016

Johnny, is this vaccination necessary, I don't vaccinate any of my dogs after the age of two, give 500 gms vit c to help her get over this and help move the toxins out.

Replied by Katie
Northport
08/10/2016

Johnny, this is not normal and you should get your dog to a homeopathic vet immediately where they can antidote this vaccine. Lyme vaccine is very dangerous, in fact it was removed from the human market because proper safety studies were not done prior to release and because of the numerous adverse events that followed the vaccine, some resulting even in death. Then what they did, as they typically always do, is they passed the vaccine onto the veterinary line because the standards are less stringent for animals. Read the attached article from Dogs Naturally Magazine on this topic.

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/lyme-disease-and-lyme-vaccine-disease/

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
08/10/2016

Hey Johnny,

I DITTO the advice to take your chi's to a holistic vet :

http://www.ahvma.org/find-a-holistic-veterinarian/

Things you can do right away: dose with homeopathic Thuja, and also activated charcoal capsules am and pm in the food. Your girl may not have an appetite - I would not try to get her to eat, but I would do what I could to entice her to eat a cream cheese covered activated charcoal tablet.


Posted by Beachdogglory (New York, US) on 04/13/2014
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On Thursday, April 2,2014 I brought my 11 year old Golden retriever to the vet for her wellness exam and was told she needed 2 vaccines. I told my vet that she still had her cough, and that she was not herself. She had an x ray in December and was diagnosed with a bronchial infection. She gave my dog the vaccines and prescribed a cough medicine.

On Monday, I returned to the vet as my dog was still acting unusual. She was not playing with any of her toys, not sleeping on my bed and when I woke up she was sleeping in a strange place. I went downstairs and she didn't follow me. She didn't eat her breakfast and then she wouldn't lay down for 1/2 hour. I took her back to the vet that morning.

They admitted her and put her on fluids, took blood work and told me that her anal glands were infected. They discharged her at 5:30 and said it was all caused from her anal glands. They prescribed Batril and Rimadyl.

Wednesday she still wasn't doing any better. She was pacing and panting a lot. Not eating. I kept calling the vet because we were still waiting for some of the results from the blood work. The vet kept leaving messages on my home phone. I called again left one last message never heard back. When I finally called back around 8pm, I was told she was gone for the day. I spoke to the on call Dr. She told me my dogs liver levels were elevated. I asked why she wasn't being treated for that? She said she would note the chart to have the Dr. call me first thing. I told her I wanted to come in first thing.

At this point my dog jumped on bed and was laying with me. I was petting her gently, trying to get her to sleep, when I looked down at my hand it was covered in blood. I at first thought it was a hot spot. I patted it gently with a tissue. It bled all night.

When I finally got her to the vet and they shaved the area it was swollen, purple and the size of a grapefruit. They did more blood work. Then said they didn't know what it could be. Possibly cancer, tumors etc... They said they recommended an ultrasound and referred me to another hospital.

I took her to the hospital. They admitted her. She had surgery and was in for 3 days. I believe it was the vaccines. I have not heard a word from my vet of 30 + years. My dog has a drain in the area that they operated on. Part of the skin may not be viable and we are waiting for the culture to come back. This is $4,000 later and I am not done with the expenses. Is there anything that I can do? At least get them to help with the cost?

My dog was sick. My vet never should have given her those vaccines given her age and the risks.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
04/14/2014

Hey Beachdogglory! I am sorry to hear about your senior GR's ailing condition :( Have you spoken to your vet of 30+ years about this? While I do agree that your dog should not have been vaccinated while ill, it's an old school vet practice to vaccinate at all costs, and *you* did allow it - despite your better judgement. If you expressed reservation at the time, I would mention this to your long time vet and explain you would like some restitution for the current bills you are facing. You certainly could take to social media, or various online feedback sites and post about your bad experience with your longtime vet; you could file with the BBB as well. You can mention these choices you have in front of you to your vet; complain about them vs compensation for a poor joint decision. To help your girl heal, you might consider giving her turmeric; this works inside and out on cancers and tumors. One half a teaspoon per meal is a good start. Read up on turmeric for pet tumors on EC: http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/tumors6.html#TURMERIC


Posted by Celine (Nottingham, NH) on 05/08/2013
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I just brought my 3 year old pug to get her Lyme Booster and every time she breaths she shakes, She is very tired and not moving is this normal?

Replied by Om
Hope, B.c., Canada
05/19/2013

Be very careful with vaccination of any sort and do research first. Some vets admit the lyme vacc. Is not working. But it can kill. Clean your dog of this poison. One suggestion is Essiac.

You can dillute ACV with some water and spray your dog before going out. A friend of mine has done it with good results. His dog had no more ticks on him after a hike. But because his dog had been hit by ticks many times , though they were removed promptly, his dog has now signs of ill health. My friend is now using MMS to reverse the bad effects, such as low energy, etc.

Vaccines are business. And very lucrative too. Observe cats/dogs eyes closely after vaccination and you may see a faint ring indicating the nervous system is hit. Again I cannot warn enough about vaccs. A homeopathic vet told that from allopathic training he changed to homeopathy when he discovered (among other things) that there are vaccines waiting for a disease). Some holistic vets agree as to the deleterious effects of vaccinations. Be alert and only trust yourself. "Health" is a businesss. Om


Posted by Susan (Rindge, Nh) on 03/27/2013
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My healthy 8 month old Male Boxer received his second Lyme Booster on Friday. Monday afternoon he began exhibiting the following symptoms: Lethargic like he had a seizure, rapid heart beat, high fever, arching of his back. We took him to the Vet Hospital were they performed blood work which came back fine, tested for tic-born illnesses which came back negative, performed x-rays but found nothing. They administered antibiotics and fluids, he had a seizure during the night which they administered seizure medicine for and also had to give him medicine to bring his rapid heart beat back to normal. The next day he went into cardiac arrest and died. They said the symptoms seemed to resemble toxin poisoning but he did not have any access to poison and no evidence was found that he got into something he shouldn't have. We believe these symptoms were a direct result from his 2nd Lyme Booster.


Posted by Roger (Egg Harbor, Wisconsin) on 05/22/2012
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I brought my 5 & 1/2 year old Yellow Lab Buddy into the Vet for a check up and the Vet informed me that Buddy needed a Lyme's Booster Vaccine. I mentioned that we will be moving to the city (Milwaukee) and he may not need one. The Vet said he needed it and administered the shot. Buddy was in excellent condition prior to the shot.

Within two hours Buddy's eyes started sagging lower than any Blood Hound I ever saw. I called the Vet as I was on my way to Chicago and was instructed to take him in to a Vet. I took him in and the Chicago Vet said he was experiencing Kennel Cough. I said he was not in a kennel and that he just recieved a Lyme's Booster shot. I asked that an I-V be placed into him and was denied. The vet gave me some coughing pills and some Predisone and sent me home.

Two days later Buddy had a siezure. I took him to a animal hospital in Lyle, Illinois and the doctor gave him a shot of Phenobarbatal and sent me home. Buddy had another siezure within two hours. I called the hospital Vet and he said give him the 1 & 1/2 97.2gm of Phenobarbatal and take him to the Vet in the morning. Before I coulld get Buddy to the Vet he had four more siezures two while sleeping. The vet put him on more 97.2 gm of Phenobarbatal twice daily. With siezures these proceedures took place about 15 times in a two week period from vaccine administer date. I then returned to WI and Buddy had another three siezures as I was trying to get him to my WI Vet.

When I got him to the Vet he was so collapsed and in pain that they said they could not do anything. I had to have him euthinized. Buddy was in pefect condition before the shot, I asked both doctors and the hospital to give him an I-V drip and they all said that it was not the answer, that he probably has a brain tumor. As I reseached my dogs failure I came upon the term Anaphylactic Shock, every symptom from start to finished match what Buddy was going through short of respitory failure. He breathing was at the time prior to death one breath every 10 seconds, otherwise evrything matched. The two doctors and the hospital all told me that Buddy could not have had a diverse effect from the booster, it just does not happen. I am puzzled, anyone or any animal could have a diverse effect from any vaccine or medicine. Blood cultures were good, xrays were good. Not one doctor ever check Buddy's blood pressure or breathing. Just temperature and heart rate. My final answer was to myself that Buddy experienced Anaphylactic Shock due to the Lyme's Vaccination. Can you please help me get a good perspective on this situation. Thank You, Roger

Replied by Doolysam
Pv Peninsula, Ca, USA
07/14/2013

I read somewhere that even this vet does not give Lyme booster shots to her dogs. Unless problems are endemic locally or at certain boarding kennels, there're certain shots your dogs just don't need: those are Lepto, corona, bordetella, and Lyme.


Posted by Ashlie (Buford, Ga/usa) on 05/15/2012
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In April, I had my 5 year old Greyhound's annual exam and immunizations, including Lyme Disease vaccine. He had itching for a few days after, and 2 weeks later we returned for his Lyme Disease booster. He has been itching so severely on the back half of his body that he is getting bald patches, and we are using his muzzle to keep him from tearing his skin. We are also using Benadryl on a daily basis without relief. I will NEVER have another Lyme Disease vaccine!!!


Posted by Dixie (Stamford, Ny) on 03/14/2012
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On March 2, 2012 I took my 6 year old Boston Terrier to the vets for her annual check up and her booster shot for Lyme since it is prevalent in our area and since Maggie loves to go hiking with us. She has received the shot ever since she was a year old and has had minor reactions like a small welt at the shot site.. But this year the welt was the size of a goose egg and she still had it a week after getting the vaccine... About 10 days after the shot, the swelling started going down.. However it seemed to settle in her hip area where it caused her to limp. After about 11 days the limp in her hip went away, but then she developed lameness in the opposite side in her foreleg.. She seemed to have no pain if you touched her leg as she didn't cry out in pain and eventually she would put the leg down and walk normally. Today is the 12th day since the vaccine and she almost seems normal again.. Though there still is a small lump near the shot site.. She has never lost her appetite through this whole ordeal, but I am questioning the safety of this vaccine.

Replied by Marianne
Berlin, Germany
03/15/2012

Dear Dixie: The Lyme vaccine shouldn't be the only one you question.

It's only a start. There are so many really qualified people talking abou the dark side of vaccinations (for me there is absolutely no bright side) you should really start researching this subject before you have yourself, your family or your animals given one more vaccination.

Good luck, Marianne



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