Side Effects of Pet Vaccines: A Closer Look

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Advice for Vaccination Side Effects
Posted by Javagenie (Central, Vt, Usa) on 05/04/2010
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I have a Boxer that had distemper and rabies shot last November 2009 (he was about a year old). About a month later he started to develop severe dry/red skin with blotches. He was digging at his skin constantly and obsessively. We finally brought him to the vet and they gave him a round of antibiotics that helped clear it up slightly. For months afterwards, he kept having these out breaks about once a month. This past spring (2010) we took him again because he had itchy skin. They gave him the same antibiotics and not realizing he had already been vaccinated for rabies a few months ago administered another shot. About 2 weeks later he started digging at himself even more than he has ever done before. He also started to act differently (aggressive at time and sometimes confused). We brought him back to the vet and they administered a shot of cortisone. That night he started to have these seizure looking episodes that only affected the movement of his head and he was completely concious and alert. Regardless of our description the vet's diagnosised it as focal epileptic seizures and immediately started to administer phenobarbitol. After about 2days later with the phenobarbitol not working, he was looking terrible and I was beginning to wonder if he was going to survive. By this time I was loosing faith with our vet. So, I began to do some extensive internet research. I found that the seizures were actually called "head tremors" and some believe are to be caused from vaccinations and/or a compromised immune system. This led me down a long trail of information about vaccinations and specifically overvaccinosis. I immediately started to administer milk thistle combined with dandelion root and burdock. The head tremors immediately started to get better and within a few days he stopped having them. Only on a few occassions within the past 4-6wks has he had them since giving him this liver detox formula. After finding great success with this natural miracle cure... We seeked the council of a hollistic/homeopathic vet and have been trying to repair the damage caused by this unnecessary vaccination protocol. After about a month of a raw diet, supplements, and homeopathic treatments our beloved pet is starting to make some improvements. He is still in the detox phase... so, it is tough some days. But, we are all confident that he will have an almost full recovery within the next 12mo.

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


Combination Vaccines
Posted by Sarah (Chicago, Il) on 01/24/2017
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I am in rescue. Cats. I am very wary of vaccines, but we have to do them. Vaccines are a vet's bread and butter. Keeps people coming in every year. Many first vaccines are important. The distemper vaccine in a shelter kitten is critical. After that, not so much. We have to do vaccines to show cats for adoption, in a store environment. I noticed that my vet was giving full 1 ml vaccines to baby kittens. That's the same amount you would give an adult. Later on the kitten would die of FIP.

This year I have insisted upon a third to quarter dose FVRCP for kittens, 1/2 dose rabies for a 6 month old kitten, and I won't do rabies at 4 months. So far no issue. My vet thinks I'm nuts. I know I'm not.

Last year was horrible. We take in over 100 animals/year. I've seen kittens change right after vaccines and never be the same again.....on a heavy slide to death, but healthy prior. Unimaginable heartache. I've spent thousands of dollars on blood tests etc. I've shed way too many tears. No way should a baby kitten or small dog get the same amount of vaccine as a big dog, or adult cat. Vets are not catching on to this. Also, I am in the unique position to interview people whose pets have recently died.

The pet owners whose cats live to be 20, don't do yearly vaccines. This is what I have noticed. Too many animals also die of sarcomas. The killed virus vaccines(rabies) are given in the flank, and site of injection is usually notated in the records, in case a sarcoma develops at the site of the injection. The leg could then be amputated. I hope this post saves someone's pet. I have shed too many tears. I rescue to save lives, not to watch baby kittens and cats die needlessly. Endless heartache.

Advice for Vaccination Side Effects
Posted by Julie (Coventry, England) on 07/16/2010

I own and run an extremely successful hydrotherapy pool for dogs. This means over the period of 14 years I have treated thousands of dogs. Very many, including my previous dog, Monty, have suffered many and numerous side effects from over vaccination. These range from weakness in legs, auto-immune diseases, such as arthritis, skin complaints with rashes and skin turning black, hot spots, hair loss, nerve damage and brain damage. I, amongst, a growing number, including a long list of alternative vets in England, believe dogs do not need vaccines throughout their lives. When I realised my beloved Monty was vaccine damaged, I had teeter tests performed, this shows the anti bodies in the dogs blood. Every year Monty had high levels of resistance to parvo, distemper, para-influenza & distemper. The test does not show lepto. I believe you should wait till puppy is 12 weeks, so the immune system is better able to cope, before giving vaccines and after the initial 2 sets, 2 weeks apart, then they are protected for life. No flea or tick treatments either they are another form of toxins our dogs systems can do without. Go with your instinct on all matters concerning your dog and remember to question always. . . Whose interest is it in. . Your dogs or your vets.

Distemper (Dogs)
Posted by Debbie (Houston, Texas) on 11/04/2009
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Please commemt on this request because I feel so terrible today after losing my new puppy, Suzie. She was a long haired chiwa and six weeks old. She was in great health when I brought her home last Sunday, running and playing and so cute. I was advised by my Vet to bring her in for her first shot for distemper/parvo because I have a a sweet chow at home that is ten years old and I have had her since birth. My puppy, suzie, had her vac on friday and Sunday night she was sick, bloody stool and heaving. I called my vet and he had an attitude. I called my friend and she called her vet and he saw her immediately. She was tested for parvo but negative. He called it some type of intestinal bacteria of the lining of the stomach. She received shots of penn, liquid i.v., nausea, b-12 and he said we could only hope for the best. She was better on tuesday and we started her on pedilite. Wednesday morning she was dead. I believe that it was the vac she had on friday afternoon, maybe it was to strong for her tiny frame or possibly some kind of reaction. Of course the old vet refused to comment and the new one would not comment about the other. I just cannot get a grip on this. Can someone please give me some type of opinion on what you think it could have been?

Bordetella
Posted by Scott (Sacramento) on 08/06/2016
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Our small Terrier mix went to the vet and got a Bordetella and Rabies combo vaccine, and then was fed a pill for flea protection given by the vet. After two days or so she was vomiting, had diarrhea, and has quit eating completely. She was doing some drinking but not much. She has been totally listless and unresponsive for almost a week now. We took her back to the vet who was rather non-committal as to what might be wrong, but hinted at something about kidney failure. She was fine the week before the shot. She spent three days at the vet and came back to us today in no better shape than when she went in, but we are $600 lighter for her stay. She still has slight shaking and refuses to eat, and is completely unresponsive. I hope she pulls out of this but she will starve if she doesn't start eating again. She is almost 6 years old and up until the vaccine was an active and healthy dog. I am not certain that was the problem but it is quite the coincidence. And I don't believe in coincidences. And I don't trust most Doctors much more than most Vets. I know my health better than anyone, and I wish I had used my instincts with my dog and left her alone.

Avoiding Vaccines
Posted by Vickie (Lansing, Mi/usa) on 10/29/2011

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.


Advice for Vaccination Side Effects
Posted by Rainman (Central, Vt, Usa) on 07/19/2010

Catherine. . . Rabies titers absolutely exist. In fact, I think most dogs have to have this done before they can be transported to another country. If your vet is saying there isn't a titer. . . You need to find a new vet.


Bordetella
Posted by Shanna (Winter Park, Florida ) on 12/04/2015
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Warning

I will never give my handsome boy/ any pet a shot the rest of my life! My min pin got them today and he almost died. He is a healthy 5 year old! Thank goodness I have a dear friend that is the best vet in the world! She saved his life! This reaction took place 5 minutes after the shot! Never put that posion in your animals! Please take caution!


Combination Vaccines
Posted by Michele (Baltimore, MD) on 05/31/2009
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Well I am very sad to say that my Molly has passed away only 12 days after receiving her 3 yr. distemper shot. I am still devastated and very sad and upset with this situation. Within 36 hrs. of getting the shot, Molly couldn't get up or walk. We took her back to the same vet(our vet) and I told him I thought it was a reaction to the shot. He put her on Rimadyl (for arthritis)? I should have been much more persistent, But I had always trusted my vet. Then we didn't mess around with it anymore and had to take her to the emergency vet at 8a.m. on Monday morning. They did all kinds of tests on her all day long. Here is the outcome: High white blood count, off the charts high sugar levels dehydrated (from vomiting and diarrhea), high potassium level. They called me at 4p.m. Mon. and said that Molly was very critical and not responding to anything that they were doing for her.They were going to do an ultrasound on Tues. but we got the phone call at 3:30a.m. Tues. morning that Molly had a heart attack and passed away. So sad and upsetting. I went to the emergency vet right away to see her. The vet told me that Molly had died from acute Pancreatitis. She was healthy before her shot. At the same time Molly got her shot, my other pup,Tank, got his distemper shot. He also is a very healthy 80lb. boy, but he had diarrhea for about 1wk. and only picked at his food. This was totally unexpected with Molly. I lost 3 of my pets in 7 wks.( my white rat-Ratty, my red tabby-Redgee (from chylothorax, a very horrible disease, and then my pup, Molly from her distemper shot, which no one will ever tell me any different.) So I have been very upset. You know, you think you are doing whats right as a very responsible pet owner and your pet dies. So all I can say is that I will take a chance and get my pets their first shots and NEVER any boosters at all after that. We had Molly cremated and she is in our house now. Tank is eating better finally and pottying normal now. Well I'm going to close for now so love the pets with all your heart and soul. It has grest rewards! Sincerely, Michele


Advice for Vaccination Side Effects
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.


Homeopathy
Posted by Goldencat (Akron, Oh) on 10/02/2013

One correction/clarification: nosodes are homeopathic remedies. Like all such remedies, there is no pathogen present, the principle being used is "energetic medicine", not chemical pharmacy medicine. The energy signature of the item/substance is used as the therapeutic agent. The dilution of the source substance is infinitesimal, beyond pharmacologically active levels. The titration, or shaking of the dilution activated the energetic principle. This is why there is no possibility of drug interaction. If you take a pellet of Lachesis 100x, for example, you did not put Bushmaster venom in your mouth - you took the energy into your own energy field. The body says "hey! I'm already cranky and lethargic, with bad circulation! " (effects of said venom) And the body sort of cancels out those symptoms.

Hope that helps understand homeopathy.

There simply are no germs in the nosodes. Oscillococcinum is a duck virus based flu remedy sold OTC. Nobody gets flu from it. Ok?


Bordetella
Posted by Marianne (Berlin, Germany) on 03/12/2012

Hallo, Sunshine: What a comment! I just want to congratulate you to your intelligence and common sense. You speak right out of my heart. By the way, the same goes for humans, especially babies, too. Keep on spreading the message.

All the best, Marianne


Bordetella
Posted by Kendra (Effort, PA) on 04/20/2008
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In response to you query about side effects. Montana, Airedale 65 lbs and 10 months old given Bordatella internasal vaccine. 2 days later lethargic, loss of appetite, no fever for 24 hours. Pulled through with no intervention, but I won't do that again.


Bordetella
Posted by Mary (West Haven, CT) on 04/14/2008
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My 7 year old Bichon Frise received the annual bordetella intra-nasal vaccine. The next day he sounded like he had whooping cough. He seemed better the following day, but the next day he had a bloody nose from the nostril which received the injection. He was also experiencing severe pain on the side of his neck. I brought him to the 24 hour clinic and was told he was probably having a reaction to the vaccine. My Vet called me the next morning to say that it was not possible, to bring him in for an exam. He was at the Vet all day and I picked him up with a "so called" clean bill of health. The next morning he was having trouble breathing; rushed him back to the Vet; and he was dead within ten minutes after I got there. After death an x-ray was taken which showed his chest cavity full of fluid. A review of the x-ray from the previous day showed the beginning of fluid, but it wasn't addressed at the time. My dog was a healthy and active dog. I truly believe his death was a result of this vaccine.

Bordetella
Posted by Torii (Boone, Nc) on 07/28/2017
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Our 2 1/2 year old Hound got the nasal kennel cough vaccine nasally. She has urinated in the house 3 times in two days (she only did that twice before, right after we adopted her from the pound, months ago). She is off her chow, and the vet never told us that she could make our other dog sick. Apparently this is not such an unusual side-effect after this vaccine.


Bordetella
Posted by Carin (New Haven Indiana) on 07/06/2017
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My shih-tzu got her yearly shots on June21, 2017 and nine days later she was unable to do anything. She was dead July 3, 2017. She got the kennel cough medicine on June21, and went to the emergency vet. hospital on July 2. They said she was dehydrated and had a upset stomach. Tilly, was only 3 1/2 years old. In my heart I feel that she had a stroke and no one would listen to me. She was a loving, happy, smart, playful girl. She never got sick in the three and a half years we had her. This was to sudden and I wish I knew what killed her.


Parvo Vaccine
Posted by Mary Jane (Baltimore) on 03/26/2017

I would not let your puppy undergo surgery tomorrow until he is 100% recovered. You might need to have the vet examine him for severe side effects instead. So sorry. Hope he improves quickly.


Bordetella
Posted by Breeann (Missouri) on 06/25/2017
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Hi I'm sorry to hear about your Chihuahua getting sick from the vaccination. I have a miniature chihuahuas while she's three pounds in almost 2 years old. About three weeks ago I took her to get vaccinated and she had the intranasal bordetella and since she's had severe breathing problems. I'm not sure if that's what's causing this but it's been going on for weeks. She has went through a course of temaril P steroid and antihistamine after not getting any better from those she was put in the hospital blood work showed infection elevated white blood cell count elevated liver enzyme count and they said that was from temaril P so taper her off and we did and now is on a 10 day supply of Clavamox which is an antibiotic and she's on day 7 she only has 3 days left and she's still coughing sneezing reverse sneezing depressed not wanting to take food or water. I'm extremely worried about her and I was just wondering if your Chihuahua got better over time and maybe it just was the vaccination if that's the case she will never get it again. I would love to hear back from you and see how your dog is doing so I can have a better peace of mind for mine thank you so much.


Bordetella
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney Australia) on 08/06/2016

Scott, I am sorry for your little dog, please try to syringe down your dogs throat slowly some chicken broth and vit c to help move the toxins out of her body. I am sorry, it's a hard lesson learned.


Bordetella
Posted by Penelope (Berwick, Pa) on 06/13/2016
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8 days ago, we took our rescue pet to a vet clinic at a local store to get her first shots ever. We believe she was about 2 years old. Yesterday we put her to sleep. Her lungs and body filled up with fluid. Before being vaccinated she had NO HEALTH ISSUES. We had her for almost a year before taking her to be vaccinated. She was given the usual vaccines we get for out other dog but also a Bordetella nasal vaccine. We NEVER board our dogs. I wish someone could tell me what the cause was. I was not even aware she was being given the Bordetella vaccine. I don't think I will ever have another dog vaccinated except for Rabies. Our family is heartbroken.


Bordetella
Posted by Shoni (San Diego ) on 03/25/2016
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Older pets cannot handle Bordatella vaccines or Rabies shots as we experienced with our 13 year old beautiful Border collie mix. He was going up stairs, jumping in the car, and daily walks. This all immediately changed one day after two vaccinations with a slight right sided nose bleed was noted. By the second day, a heavy nose bleed required a visit to emergency with fever. Unfortunately, he became lame in the right rear leg by the third day from the rabies shot. We tried to rehab him back with minimal progress. After two weeks his immune system was so wrecked with a huge abscess in his left front leg appeared over night. Along with terrible decisions and Vet care this poor fella was a victim of pure stupidity. Never never never blindly give vaccines as we caused the death of our own very loved pet being irresponsible idiots allowing incompetent Vets to control. Educate, intuition, and common sense can get you a lot farther and save your pet and yourself a lot of unnecessary grief! We laid him to final rest approximately two weeks after his shots-no more suffering in the hands of humans. He is now in a safer place.


Distemper (Cats)
Posted by Rich (Chapel Hill, Nc) on 04/25/2015
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I am writing this because our beloved one-year old, Reido, just died this morning, a week and a half after getting his distemper shot. We'd notice that he was much more lethargic than usual a couple of days after his shot, and not playing at all. His appetite was off, though he was eating some and drinking.

I called my vet. She said it was unusual for it to last more than a few days, so watch him and call her back.

Reido was simply been like an old man. Very slow to get up, very slow to lie down. He'd walk a few steps and then lie down again. No sounds. Just a sick cat, without any other visible sign other than his obviously low energy, low appetite.

I tried Bach Rescue Remedy, which seemed to work some to get him to look me in the eye. I comforted him, petted him. But otherwise, I hadn't even heard a purr from him in a week.

Last night, I saw him walk (ever so slowly and gingerly) over the toilet downstairs twice, each time to hang his head near the water and eventually lap some. Over the past week, he's vomited, albeit with little volume, twice or three times over the past week. Lethargic, legs under his body much of the time, unresponsive.

I can't really say he was acting at all like that before the vaccinations. And now that I research it just a bit, I find that he was acting like he had distemper.

Reido died this morning, around 7:30a. He crawled to spot close to where our beloved Sebastian died about 2 years ago, very quite, very warm.

It would be wonderful if these sorts of 'exceptions' were publicized -- if this is, indeed, one of those. At least to get the conversation going among vets. But given that there are seldom any official autopsies, they never rise beyond presumption, scientifically speaking. Honestly, there are LOTS of people telling the same kinds of stories, but not much in the official literature. Not surprising, but disheartening for those of us who want to make well informed decisions for ourselves and our animals.


Advice for Vaccination Side Effects
Posted by Carolyn Guzzi (Tampa, Florida) on 04/19/2014
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My cat has a death sentence today because of a cancer caused by vaccinations called fibroscarcoma...i have had this cat when he was a kitten 1 month and had him for 9 years this month...he was limping and had a lump on his shoulder..it went a way but then it came back with a force. It was small and not it is as big as the palm of my hand...he cant walk he eats very little...and I am devastated by this mess...and somebody needs to be responsible for doing this to this cat...getting all these shots for nothing rabies/FIV/FLiv/ and kitten shots fine but not every single month even my new vet doctor said u dont need every year shots especially if he is a indooor cat...every 3 years most if any does he need any shots especially if he is an indoor cat...! The pet food is crap with all the dead animals in the food when these shelters kill animals...with all the additives that will kill these pets and addition heartworm medicine such as revelution medication for fleas/ticks/heartworm med...hum if you get heartworm they are done. There is no cure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As well having the shots for your cat and heartworm medication revelutions together is a deadly for any animals dog/puppy or cat/kitten....do your homework, it is vital DO NOT GIVE SHOTS ALL AT ONCE TO YOUR PET DOG OR CAT...ONE AT A TIME IF THEY NEED IT...DOG & CATS ARE VERY DIFFERENT! Do your homework...do not rely on what they tell you; they are all in it for the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Advice for Vaccination Side Effects
Posted by April (Surprise, Az) on 11/03/2017

INDOOR Cats only need 1 shot (a Modified Live Virus shot is best, vs the killed virus and only requires 1 shot). It is the 5 in one FVRCP shot and wait until the kitten is at least 3-5lbs. It has been proven cats immune system remember very well, and produce antibodies the rest of their lives. When adding another member to a family of cats, make sure the new cat is sequestered and vaccinated and wait two week before integrating. This avoids the other being exposed to any new virus from the newcomer. It's nothing but a money making thing to give animals shots so often. The initial suggestion was not to give shots ANY MORE OFTEN than 3 years, it was never, every 3 years. Poor dogs get them annually! NEVER give a cat a rabies shot, ever...not even if they go outside occasionally, unless you live in the woods....not needed and this shot as well as Fel Leukemia shots which should never be given either are the worse ones to cause sarcomas. What a scam to get office visits and dollars in the vets pockets. Also, be aware that heart worm meds now contain IVERMECTIN, deadly to fleas, ticks, worms and also your animal if you aren't careful, because it can cause kidney and liver damage. Use lemon wipes to keep mosquitos off your animals if they go outdoors.



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