Vaccination Side Effects in Pets

| Modified on Oct 20, 2021
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 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!!!!

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?

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 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.

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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/ 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 not rely on what they tell you; they are all in it for the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Distemper (Cats)
Posted by Oleander (South Carolina) on 10/15/2013
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We are fostering a mother cat and her 2 kittens. We have had this little family since they were less than a week old. The 2 kittens; one girl and one boy, have been totally healthy and fine. They are now 8 weeks old. We were told to get them their first "Distemper" vaccine at 4 weeks old, but since they had a mother and were not orphans, they could wait til 6 weeks. We had their shots done at 6.5 weeks, 11 days ago. Well. Within 3-4 days the little girl started limping on her front leg. I thought this was weird so I planned to call the vet in the morning. The next morning she was limping on her BACK leg. So I talk to the vet and they said this was a vaccine reaction and should clear up pretty fast, and that I could give her a few drops of baby benydryl. So I did that, and continued to watch her. She was eating fine, drinking normally, peeing and pooping normal with no signs of any other issues except her back, left leg.

So, last night, on day 10, I was doing the daily check of her leg to make sure it wasn't getting worse, and I notice it was really swollen at the upper joint, nearly the size of a golf ball!! So today I called the vet and they said to bring her in. I did, and when the vet saw her they said it looked like her back leg and front leg were broken! I said NO WAY and they did X-rays and of course, NOTHING was broken or fractured or injured at all. They said there was a lot of swelling in her back leg joint and a little in her front leg (right) lower joint. They said she had a slight temp. They first said maybe it was DISTEMPER?? I said NO, she has been only with her mother and brother, no where NEAR any other cats and none of them are sick. Plus she has been vaccinated. They do not believe me that it is a vaccination reaction. I said, but don't you give the vaccine in the rear left leg?? and they said No, it's given in the upper back. Which is NOT true. So now my little baby girl is being hospitalized at the vet on multiple antibiotics when I believe all she needs is something to counteract the reaction to the vaccine. What a mess. I have had many foster kittens, have done tons and tons of kitten vaccines and have never seen this happen. I also am pretty positive the shot was given in the left rear leg, not the upper back as they now are stating.

Combination Vaccines
Posted by Lisa (New Jersey) on 09/05/2013
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I just took my 17 week old King Charles Cavalier to the vet and he had the DA2PP vaccination and Leptospirosis vaccination. He came home and within an hour showed great distress, and wouldn't let us touch him. He was yelping and obviously had back pain when we touched him. He was lethargic and tried to sleep most of the day and 10 hours that night. He has a fever that has lasted into day 2 and is still limping and is very lethargic. I am really concerned. I tried calling the vet but they are not answering the phone. I will try again later today.

Lepto Vaccine
Posted by Sheila (Toronto, Ontario) on 08/03/2012
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End of May 2012 I brought my then 15 month old dog to the vet for the revolution. At that time she was just over 22lbs and was given a higher dose of revolution for dogs over 22lbs to 40lbs. Unfortunately, we didnt notice anything until 3 weeks later when there was blood at the back of her neck. I thought it was the water from the lake or her diet that she started having a skin allergy. After verifying on internet I applied vitamin E oil 3 times everyday. On the 5th day, while cleaning the spot to apply more vit E oil I felt more bumps and her skin was very hard and purplish and it seemed that the affected area was bigger than what I thought. I immediately brought her to a vet nearby who said that she has seen bad reactions to revolution a couple of days after the application. I was in awe when my dog was shaven at that spot. There were more than 2 dozens bumps all scabbed. The next day when I brought my dog to her regular vet, the latter denied vehemently stating that this is the first case she has ever encountered in her practice but took pictures and said she will investigate with the manufacturer.

Today, my dog has totally recovered but I am very skeptical vis a vis any vaccination or drops that the vets recommend. I am educating myself to natural alternatives. I thank "earth clinic" which is very educative.

However, I would like to know if there is any alternative to leptospirosis prevention.

Parvo Vaccine
Posted by Jalove28 (Cleveland, Ohio Usa) on 07/15/2012

I took my 5 1/2 month old pup to the vet this past Wednesday to get vaccinated, I called the day before and told them there was parvo in my neighborhood and asked for advice, the vet told me to get him a vaccine. I had his first vaccine purchased from a feed supply store and had it administered at home, the first vaccine was a combo of the dead and live virus, so it was effective. When I took him to the vet my understanding was they were going to make sure everything was okay before giving him the vaccine, either there was a sick dog at the vet, or because the vaccine the vet gave my dog differs from that of the vaccine that I got from the feed store, but the vet gave him a live vaccine.

In other words, they gave him the virus, they did not counteract it with a combo of the dead vaccine as well, only the live one, leaving my poor Jakiva's immune system open and weak for anything. My dog had diarrhea by the end of the night, I at first thought it was just a reaction to the vaccine, but within the same 2 hours that I made that assumption, he started urinating very frequently until it wasn't even urine anymore, but was clear like water. From experience with kids this was an obvious early symptom of dehydration, I went to the pharmacy and bought pedialite, and started to maintain his fluids, the second day he was hydrated but had lost some of his body weight, and had watery ranking stool.

I went to google, and typed in the words what can I give my puppy with parvo to keep him hydrated, I found and discovered alot of frustrating information related to the hardyness of parvo, the vaccine information the vet does not tell you about, and that even if you get your dog vaccinated, it can still catch parvo, and the startling statistics of dogs that have survived parvo without their vaccine vs those that have had it. My baby with his vaccine was on the higher fatality list than that of a dog that has not had a vaccine against it. I learned that dogs, like humans get better nutrition from herbs and natural supplements than the chemicals that the medical industry prescribes and recommends. Unfortunately for both humans and animals, the pharmaceutical companies pay large cash incentives for prescribing drugs with side effects as opposed to natural cures. The issue with the drugs with side effects is that they only supress the problem, they do not assist in expelling it from the body. Unlike natural substances that have been around longer than the medical industry.

I started my dog on Echinacea for his immune system on his second day, I crushed it up and put it in his pedialite, and dosed him with it when I gave him the pedialite to keep him hydrated. The major CRITICAL issue is keeping them hydrated. Luckily for us, my Ja was keeping his fluids down orally, but there are a few ways to ensure they get hydrated. If you can keep fluids down them, there is nothing different the vet will do, but keep your dog hydrated, and feed them supplements through an IV. They will also give them pain medication, that would result in fatality, as your dog is already struggling to stay alive, a pain medication could shut his body down. There is no cure for parvo, only supportive care.

While on the second day, my boy did not drink his own water. He ate briefly, then he didn't hold his food down, and I followed the advice that instructed not to force them to take food, because they will throw it right back up, if they are not able to consume food, which only results in more fluid loss, and a greater chance of your pet becoming dehydrated. I continued giving him pedialite and water, along with his immune support supplements. I upped his dosage on the first night he was on support supplements, then I never skipped a beat, and I have a stubborn dog. He was running from me through the house, and I was consistently behind him with an oral syringe with an open end for medication not a needle. You can get these from the pharmacies. I also cross referenced what vitamins and nutrients are essential for dogs. I came up with Vitamin B 12, Acidophilus which is great for a dog with parvo, it promotes good bacteria in the intestinal tract, assisting your dog in pushing out the bad bacteria that parvo creates. The B 12 promotes regular metabolic pathways, which gives them back their natural energy. It also gives them an appetite, their body produces its own, thats what compells an appetite. I tried giving him pepto, but this is not recommended for a dog running a fever, so I only gave him a diluted dose, and after the second dose I eliminated this from his at home treatment regimen. I did however discover that there was some sort of an antibiotic needed, and I will not recommend a laboratory produced antibiotic, I researched the parvo virus, and was given the recommendation for collodial silver. This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and I believe highly effective.

My boyfriend picked up the collodial silver when he went to work on my pups day number 2, and we started giving him this that night. I gave him a superdosage of it, as the recommendation instructed to give as much as he could take. I gave him about 6 2 teaspoon full syringes, and started giving it to him regularly on day 3 every hour on the hour about a half a teaspoon for each dosage, you can administer the dosage according to your set regimen schedule, but do not skip a dose of this, and do not pass this recommendation. On days 1 and 2 he consistently needed the eye gook removed, on day 3 he only needed it removed in the morning. Day 3 was collodial silver, every hour on the hour, with part pedialite part collodial silver, and he was still on his nutriment supplements. I attempted a recommendation of raw liquified eggs, I tried this 3 times, and each time he yacked it back up, so to avoid this, I started giving him instant oatmeal. Like eggs oatmeal has protein, but it also has carbohydrates, and it sticks to the rib cage. I gave this to him in small bites 3 to 4 bites at a time. Testing the whole time if he was going to keep it down or not. When he did not throw this back up, I stayed with the oatmeal all day on day 3. Late on day 3 he perked up, he started following me around the house, and drinking his own water. At this point, I was curious as to whether he was going to keep drinking on his own, so I started taking him outside. They do NOT recommend this. They highly recommend not allowing your pet to go outside, at least not on walks, but also, most of these recommendations came from someone that had treated a fairly young pup, my Ja is almost 6 months old, and was potty trained before he was 2 months old, so I had to make a decision whether it was better for Ja to be in the house and refusing to go to the bathroom in the house, thus keeping his system toxic, or to take the chance of taking him for his walks. I chose to walk him so he could get rid of this nasty virus.

I immediately filled a spray bottle with part bleach part hot water. The recommendation is around a hefty splash of bleach so that you know even tho it is dilluted, the bleach still has its effectiveness, as bleach is the ONLY household cleaner that will kill this evil virus for your dog. If you want to keep your dog alive do NOT forget to disinfect and sanitize your whole house with bleach and hot water. You can use bleach water on your grass, or you can use another product that I do not know the name of, as it is only accessible online, or in a feed supply store, or the virus will thrive in your yard, and when your dog or another dog comes in your yard will either become reinfected, or get infected. I disinfected my house on both day 3 and day 4 I used bleach and dishsoap for his food and water dishes, and I threw out his chew toys, like tug of war ropes, and other material chew toys. I bleached the entire house down, and gave Ja a nird bath with a very dilluted content of bleach water and his regular earth bath natural puppy shampoo. I washed all laundry and linens with 2 capfuls of clorox bleach, after the washer was filled with water, as again bleach kills the virus. When I took Ja outside, I wiped his paws with a rag that had been soaked in dilluted bleach water and dishsoap to prevent him from tracking it back in.

This is day 4 and Ja is eating on his own, and drinking plenty of water. I am still giving him the collodial silver as antibiotic, although I am only giving it to him every 2 to 3 hours now, as it is taking effect on him. I would recommend continuing the vitamins and supplements as well as the collodial silver as an antibiotic until it is gone, and even recommend getting more to enhance the dogs immune system, as they will need immune support, and a continued antibiotic to expel this virus from the system. There are so many great resources online that you can find out about home parvo remedies. There is also a natural home remedy that can be bought as a single supplement, as opposed to gathering individual vitamin supplements, and has the same content plus that will help your dog recover from this dreadful disease, as well as maintain prevention of future occurances. I was unable to order this supplement, so I used what little money I had and resources available to me to pick some of the better and crucial ingredients on the list to decide which supplements I could get to assist my pup in staying alive til he kicked this virus, I calculated the symptoms, and what was the most dire, and chose the B12 for his appetite, and drinking desire, I chose the Echinacea for immune support, I chose the Acidophilus for his intestinal tract health, as this is what the parvo virus attacks, that causes your dog to eventually die if left untreated or unnoticed, Chamomile tea for his tummy to soothe it, I kept a supply of Maple syrup to rub across his gums when he was lethargic and completely listless to keep his glucose levels up, this also gave him the energy he needed like a person suffering from sugar diabetes that has a low blood sugar, it works the same way with your pet. Just dont get crazy with it, put maple syrup or honey or even kaero syrup on 2 fingers and rub it across the gums when they are seemingly lifeless, it will give them the energy needed to maintain breathing status. This is also highly recommended, but organic syrup or honey is even better. I made use of what I had available, and Ja is on day 4 getting back to normal.

Do not be alarmed once they start recovering, there will almost surely be no waste in their system for the dog to get rid of, so when the dog starts eating depending on the amount of weight he has lossed, and the speed of his appetite increasing, he may not pass a bowel movement for the entire day. This is only something to be alarmed about if they are showing symptoms of pain, if they are not in pain, their body is most likely absorbing this food as fast as it goes in their system, as with the human body, it absorbs and stores what it needs, and gets rid of the rest.

My gut instinct told me he had parvo without a vet diagnosis, and my motherly instincts took over. My gut instinct was right, before he showed some of the more severe signs of parvo. If caught early, your dog or puppy can survive, keep the pet full of clear fluids. Pedialite is a miracle. It is used for dehydrated children, and you cant give too much for your pet. It is loaded with electrolytes. It will eventually stretch their stomach out so that they have a desire for food and water again, its a matter of your dedication to your pet, and your pet.

I am now proud to say that my Ja will only ever get hollistic or homeopathic healthcare, as I already only seek natural remedies for myself and my daughter. Until my Ja got parvo from the vet, I had confidence in the pet medicine. My confidence firmly lies with the natural remedies now, and its because of sites like wolf creek ranch that have made me believe in my previous thoughts.

Ja is now laying on his back waiting for his belly rubs and stretched out like normal. I am so happy my Ja is getting better, I couldn't ask for a better birthday present as it will be in 10 minutes. I know that there are some that would only recommend a vet treatment for parvo, and this is not to be a substitute to conventional treatment, this is information for those of you that love your pets, but cannot afford an upfront vet bill, as that is what I went through. I contacted other clinics, and they all said that they only accepted payment upfront, either rendering Ja completely helpless to die a painful death, or for me as his dedicated loving owner to take matters into my own hands and give it my all. I chose to give it my all, and I am glad I did. I believe that with the constant love and compassion from its owner the pet will thrive and get through this sickness much better with the owners love, rather than being locked in a cage with other animals in the clinic barking, and only being checked on periodically.

The first 48 to 72 hours are touch and go, and you cannot be certain even when they start to show signs of recovery, you must be fully dedicated and attentative, or you could quite simply let this virus eat your pet alive. Parvo does not kill your pet dehydration, shock, and toxic internals kill your pet. Also you must be more stubborn than your pet, because they will not be likely to simply open their mouth and allow you to insert the syringe. Always remind your pet that you love them and be compassionate. If you remain dedicated, and do not underestimate the fatality rate of this virus, your pet can very well survive!

Ja is not in the clear yet, but I will not take no for an answer. If I did, he would have gave up. He was ready to, but I constantly reminded him that it was not his choice. It only becomes their choice if you allow them to be more stubborn than you. If your pet is not eating and drinking there is something wrong, dogs especially love their food, so if they are not eating, and they drink alot of water you should definitely take note of the rest of the symptoms. Do not wait til your pet has expelled all of his fluids through diarrhea and vomit to start treatment. If your dog does not have parvo, you will know when they poop. It is a smell you really wont forget, and you'll know when you smell it. It smells like fermented blood. Very raunchy and nauseating.

Don't forget to keep the living space sanitized, and don't wait around for your dog to die helplessly because you cannot afford a vet. There are great success rates among dogs that are treated at home with the around the clock care mandatory for their full recovery.

Good Luck!

Parvo Vaccine
Posted by Gardengirl (Gallatin, Tn) on 07/15/2012

My puppy (8weeks) got sick from her shots also... So sad. She didn't want to eat , so I started her on yogurt and probiotics....1/2 cup yogurt and probiotic capsule twice a day. I found she starting eating about 2 days after the shot. I continue feeding her yogurt and probiotics and now she's 7 month and happy. I believe that sometimes shots can mess up a pets system for a long time. Hope this helps your puppy!!!