Lyme Vaccine Side Effects in Dogs

Lyme Vaccination Side Effects

33 User Reviews

Posted by Don (Doylestown, Pa) on 10/30/2010
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Our 5 month old Pembroke Welsh Corgi received a Lyme vaccine, first dose, yesterday. Today he is lethargic, and has a limp. He won't be getting any more doses!

Replied by Maxsmom25
(Provo, Ut, 84606)

Oh my gosh! My 4 month old Lhasa Apso had a horrible reaction to the same shot yesterday! 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! Is your dog back to normal now?

Lyme Vaccination Side Effects
Posted by Carrie (Manchester, Ct) on 08/30/2010
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I bought a rescue puppy at 4 months of age. When I bought her, she seemed perfectly healthy. Stools were normal - she had energy and seemed very healthy. I took her to the vet for her check up and to clear her for any issues. She had a small ear infection which was cleared up easily enough with an ear cleaning and drops, and the vet recommended I give her Lyme vaccination. I was reluctant, but the vet convinced me it was necessary. So, she got her Lyme vaccine. I was due to go in a week later for her 5 in 1 vaccine which included Parvo. I saw another vet that day due to the one who originally gave her the vaccinations not being available. He gave her the 5 in 1 vaccine, and he injected her with ANOTHER Lyme vaccine. He told me it was Lyme as he was injecting her. I told him that she already had her Lyme vaccine last week and she wasn't due for her second for 2 more weeks. He looked perplexed, pulled the needle out, and didn't charge me for the vaccine. He didn't even put it on the bill that he GAVE her any Lyme vaccine. The very next day, my dog had terrible mucus filled diarrhea. HORRIBLE. She became dehydrated, despite me giving her water orally via a syringe, and so 2 days later I took her back to the vet. They gave me a prescription for the possibility of worms even though her feces showed no worms, and gave my antibiotics in case she had an infection in her intestines. Her poo got better. Markedly better. Normal! I felt much better. 4 days ago, her prescription ran its course. 3 days ago, her poo was fine. 2 days ago, it started getting softer, but still formed a normal shape. Yesterday, it was extremely soft. Pudding like. I began feeding her a bland diet, and added a little canned pumpkin in there for added fiber. Last night, her feces were extremely soft, and I knew I was in for a sleepless night. I was up almost all night with her, taking her out several times to poo. Her poo got much worse throughout the night until around 5am it was total mush. She is once again quiet, and I am force feeding her water. I made an appointment with the vet and her appointment is at 3:40pm. Although, I'm taking her to the same vet office I believe made her sick in the first place. I'm seriously considering taking her somewhere different. What should I do?? I really need help to make my puppy healthy, but I feel lost as there is no diagnoses for her issues, at least thus far.

Replied by Mama
(London, Ontario, Canada)

Look into h202 and the and read about how it cures everything! I had the same stool issue with my dog - did the h202 and he cleared up in only a few days!! I just put 5 drops of 35% into his water bowel and re-did that every time it emptied. All the best to ya!! DON'T EVER VACCINATE YOUR PET FOR ANYTHING!!! LET ITS OWN IMMUNE SYSTEM WORK FOR IT, IT WILL WORK BETTER THAN ALL THAT POISONOUS CRAP!!

Replied by Bb
(Atlanta, Ga Usa)

Food grade H2O2 is great. I use it myself. Also chlorella & thuja is good for clearing the system.

Replied by Ruth
(Runcorn, Cheshirer, Uk)

Take your puppy to another vets. I know when my dog Charlie was a puppy, a trainee vet gave him one of the first vaccinations and he couldn't eat, drink, kept throwing up, shaking and was limp. I called the same vets up and they were like oh it's a side effect and wears off in an hour but it wasn't the case. We rang up again an hour later and they were like "there's nothing we can do. " And inferred he has some natural selection form of illness that meant he died as a puppy but that night, we took him to an emergency vet on call in Liverpool, a vet of the same chain as the first, and miraculously, as I was crying my heart out and my dad was mad at the first vets, all this vet did was inject him with some form of pain killer or anti-biotics and he was literally fine after ten minutes.

Replied by Mc
(Albany, Ny)

Canned pumpkin is what you give dogs when they are constipated. If your dog was having loose stool already, the pumpkin would have only made the pup's stool softer.

Lyme Vaccination Side Effects
Posted by Bob (PA, USA) on 03/09/2010
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Here is Rusty's story .

On October the 5th 2009 I took my 6 year old Airedale to my regular vet . I had received a post card reminding me that Rusty was due for his "so-called" necessary annual distemper/parvo vaccination. Within less than one week after the vaccination, Rusty showed signs of a form of neurological twitch as one might call it. He would twitch or quiver at sounds; his chest shook. I called the vet who said to give him a baby aspirin; maybe he injured himself playing is what the vet indicated. This did not sound right to me, but after all I was following the "so called"expertise of a 30 year practicing vet. The nervous twitching seemed to subside, however, within the next week I felt that Rusty had lost weight. He was also not eating well. I called the vet immediately and took Rusty to his office. He had a fever of 103.4 and had gone from 68 pounds to 63 pounds in that time period. Blood was drawn and sent out that day for testing. The following day I got a call from the vet; he said Rusty had Lymes disease and that his creatine level was 8.4 . He said Rusty was having acute renal failure. He blamed me and said that if Rusty had been given a Lymes disease vaccination at age one, this would not have happened. ( I DID have him vaccinated for the next 4 years (following the first year) on the recommendation of the vet). I asked what could be done for Rusty; I was told nothing could be done to save his life. The vet recommended subcutaneous fluids, but after 3 days of this painful procedure, Rusty showed no signs of improvement in eating or his overall looks. In our hearts, my wife and I felt the diagnosis was probably correct, even though we prayed and hoped that there might be a chance to save him. We asked the vet where we could take Rusty to try and save his life, and after getting quite a negative response, we were finally referred to a specialty hospital in Maryland. Within two days we had an appointment and took him there on Saturday, October 24. The Veterinarian who met with us did not appear to have a positive outlook, but these specialists were willing to try anything to save him.

After the first day of IV treatment, antibiotics and other medicines administered, his creatine level dropped to 5.8 but over a period of the next three days it did not improve. We had to make the heart wrenching decision to have euthanasia, October 28. We spent time with him on this last day, cradling him in our arms, until we felt the time had come to say our final goodbye to our beloved friend. The female Veterinarian who did the euthanasia spoke with me in detail afterwards. She went over all the tests that had been performed on Rusty to help them determine what had possibly caused this renal failure. She said that every test known to them had been conducted, including the Titer test. The conclusion was...He did not have and most probably never did have Lymes disease; he did not have Leptospirosis; nor had he ingested anything that was considered a poisonous agent. Their final conclusion was that they could not determine a definitive cause of renal failure. Sometimes though, I believe the vets in Maryland were somewhat mystified as to what happened; other times I believe they may have known the cause, however due to possible litigation, they were reluctant to speak up.

I will always admire the vet at the hospital. She took the time to relay all the information about what they did to try to determine the cause. As we were getting ready to leave and take Rusty back to our hometown to a vet, different from the regular vet, to have him cremated, she pulled me aside and said.."if we ever get another Airedale, NEVER allow him to get a Lymes Disease vaccination". She has two dogs and never gives them that vaccination. She said there is entirely too much negative data concerning the results of annual Lymes vaccinations. She said the best way to handle this is to have an annual blood test to determine your dog's overall health. She said treating Lymes disease, if present, is easier than trying to save a life after repeated annual Lymes vaccinations. She gave me a hug and she cried with me. She was so genuine and caring. She then said, if you really want to know what happened to Rusty, have his kidneys removed for necropsy. I asked the vet, who would cremate him, to do so. The kidneys were sent out for testing and here are the results.

The Veterinarian Pathologist who conducted the study listed in his report... that over a period of approximately several years Rusty's kidneys showed signs of chronic kidney failure due to possible Lymes disease. ?? So, you may ask, if the specialist at the hospital did all the necessary tests and they concluded he DID NOT have Lymes disease, nor did they see any signs that he ever did, then what caused this chronic kidney disease and eventual acute kidney failure and why are there disparaging conclusions.

So now we come to the bottom line. What happened! Maybe I will never be told the truth, but after spending dozens of hours on the phone with leading specialists concerning over vaccinations and vaccinosis and communicating with many people like you who are reading my story and who have a sad story like ours, I know that I am not alone in this horrible experience. I have spent hundreds of hours on the internet researching kidney failure and vaccines. My wife and I spent over $8,000 to try and save Rusty's life and we lost him because we were not informed; we were not told the truth about vaccines and their side effects from our vet. From what I have been told, and through my own research, Rusty did experience acute renal failure, on top of chronic kidney disease which had been occurring over the years from the annual distemper/parvo and lymes disease vaccines. I am now informed for the future; it is far too sad though that I did not know the truth before hand so that this tragedy did not have to happen to Rusty.

I wish to say that I do not believe all veterinarians in this country are money hungry and vaccinate just for profit. I do believe there are many fine and reputable practicing vets who are more concerned with the overall health and well being of our beloved pets. Sadly, I used a vet, who obviously did not read the American Veterinarian Associations recommendations, set forth in 1994, to stop vaccinating every year for distemper/parvo and to follow the new guidelines set within the past several years, to stop administering Lymes vaccinations.

I will always live with those horrible words from that original vet who said this was my fault . I know the day will come when he will see justice in front of a greater power.

I will always admire the vets who tried to save his life; they all reassured me this was never my fault.

I will always be ever thankful to my wife who felt the same pain I did during this ordeal, and sadly, after four and a half months, her tears for Rusty are ever present. She loves him so dearly as I do. The kind of love and friendship we shared with Rusty will never stray from our minds or hearts.

We now have a new boy living with us. He is an Airedale puppy, who was graciously allowed to be in our Family, by a most wonderful and truly fantastic lady in Michigan who breeds and shows Airedales. As difficult as it is to find Airedales of good stock and finding a breeder who is dedicated to her charges, her heart went out to us and she sold us one of her pups which she was going to keep for herself. She is the most magnificent person in our lives and we love her for her gift.

In truth and loving memory and tribute to our Rusty, I will close with these words.....

If you love your cat, your dog, or any pet that ever requires vaccinations, do what I am going to do. ALWAYS have a complete blood test and urinalysis done before ever getting any vaccinations done. Know what your pet's health condition is FIRST before ever placing your pet at risk for any horror that could be waiting.
THEN make sure you get a Titer test done so you know your pet's level of immunity or possible resistance to that which you may be getting ready to vaccinate for.

You may question this and say, WHY! That will cost quite a few dollars. YES , it will, however, the alternative is spending thousands of dollars like I did to save your friend who may be sick or dying from unnecessary vaccination related diseases. Through the blood test, urinalysis and Titer, you will know where your pet's health stands in it's present ability to fight off these diseases that vets seem to indicate are so rampant in this country. But are they really rampant?

Have these tests done so that you may be able to keep your pet for many, many years with happiness and joy and in good health.

For our Beloved Rusty and our new Boy

Thank You for reading my story .


Replied by Nitehawk
(Camp Verde, Arizona, America)
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Dear Bob & Wife in Pennsylvania: My eyes fill with tears at the loss of Rusty. And, at the loss of our wonderful Tuffy, an Australian Shepard who was only 4 years old when he suffered the same fate as Rusty. The Vet was a classic idiot, and I blamed myself for quite awhile until it was proven that I wasn't responsible for Tuffy's death. It wasn't Lyme's disease, either. It was a side effect from his rabies shots that caused kidney failure.

Even tho it's been 6 years ago, I remember clear as a bell saying thank you and farewell to the most amazing friend I'd ever had. My husband had raised him on goat's milk from a 3 day old orphan. We still miss our Tuffy. We always will. One thing I can say we gained from his time with us: From then on we will seek a second opinion & optional treatment. Vets are merely guessing, with little more knowledge than we have. Shame on those vets who have no compassion for their charges, or their people. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt experience with Rusty.

Replied by Mk3jade
(Gaithersburg, Maryland)

My heart really goes out to you and your wife. I could not imagine the pain you had to go through. I have an 6.5 year old yorkshire terrier and I live in Maryland. When I moved to Maryland I found a vet and He recommended I get the lyme disease vaccine for my dog. Well ever since my dog got this vaccine he has had these "fits" where his body stiffens and he cannot move but he is totally conscious but has no control over his body.

When the first "fit" happened I was terrified and called the vet immediately and he said the fit was due to the dog licking flea shampoo while I gave him a bath which was absolute malarchy. My dog has repeatedly had these "fits" and the stupid vet still thinks its flea shampoo.

I feel really guilty that I did not do more research into this vaccine and allowed this doctor to convince me it would be okay. The only good news is I only got the first to injections of the lyme disease vaccine for my dog and I did not ever get it again.

I really think more research needs to be done for this vaccine. I think it does more damage then good. Im terribly sorry for your loses and I hope we can get the word out about the downside to this vaccine.

Replied by Sueq
(Elizabeth, Sa, Australia)

@mk3jade, I am sorry for everyone's experience with these vaccinations but had to mention to this comment an experience I have had with my toy poodle. She only ever got her first baby shots with the breeder, I do not trust vac's as a rule. In the first yr and a half we had her we would bathe her with a type of dog shampoo which contained Pyrethrums... Toxic to pets as well as fleas!! Bella would get those fits you were telling of, exactly like that. I happened to come across a site which detailed all the toxic pesticidal shampoos and flea treatments etc amongst other pet preparations. I stopped using these and started using plain old oatmeal soap. NEVER had a "fit" since! So please don't disregard the damage flea shampoo's can do, they are dangerous and detrimental to our animals health.

Replied by Mack
(Ballston Lake, Ny Usa)

For anyone who has a pet presenting symptoms of a tick-borne infection please consider trying antibiotics if you know your pet has been bitten even if the tests come back negative for a tick infection. The side-effects from the antibiotic are so minimal and it may save your pets life.

My dog Mack was deathly ill this summer. His tick infection tests (DX4) were negative, blood work showed highly anemic but X-rays and ultrasounds were not turning up anything either. Vet took a stab at putting him on doxycycline and within 24 hours Mack began turning around. Now just 5 months later he is doing great.

By the way he's had the lyme vaccine for several years, the vaccine didn't prevent this infection and I believe he's had 2 separate reactions the past 2 years he's had the lyme vaccine. I will never give it to any of my pets again.

Replied by Teresa
(Rockford, Iowa)

I am the proud owner of a hybrid Pom a poo. When we got Rascal from the breeder, she insisted that we follow up with his puppy shots as the formulation she gives her puppies is not what your typical vet gives out-remember, they are courted by the pharmacueticals just as your physician is and we all know how they are in bed with the pharmacuetical companies by promotions and kickbacks. If we had taken him to the regular vet, the vaccinations would have killed him. We have a wonderful vet we trust explicitly for our yellow lab but our lab, Boston is 100 lb. And can probably tolerate a tummy upset but not a 3-5 lb pup that will not get any bigger. So check with your breeder's reccomendation or consult with someone who specializes in your breed and a lot of heartache can be avoided.

Replied by Sonja
(Fairfield, New Jersey, Usa)

Years ago, a Lyme vaccine was given to park rangers who worked on Shelter Island, NY. Shelter Island is a hotbed for tick borne diseases. More than one ranger shortly developed kidney failure. Do not ever give Lyme vaccine to your pet. Instead, check for ticks, do annual blood work which tests for all tick borne diseases and find a vet who understands his or her job and does not dismiss your concerns. If your instincts tell you something is not right, get a second and even third opinion at a specialty center. They see more atypical cases than your corner vet.


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Posted by Elaine (Cranston, Ri 02921) on 08/30/2010
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My Cockapoo had a seizure less than 24-hours after receiving his Lyme booster. No one told me this could be a side effect and now I am reading all the things that can go wrong after your dog getting this shot - including seizures. As a matter of fact, there is a post on the web with someone describing the exact condition my dog was in on Saturday - not being able to stand up and just falling to the floor. I am outraged that I was not made aware of these side effects.

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