Vaccination Side Effects in Pets

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Posted by Kelly (Chicago, Il) on 10/22/2008
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I rescued an abandoned lab about a month ago, took him to the vet who decided to give him Rimadyl and Simplicef for a sore on the pad of his foot. He seemed to react fine so a few weeks later I took him in for his rabies shot, 1st round of Bordetella and DHPPC shots. I went back 2 weeks after the for the second round of Bordetella and DHPPC and scheduled him to be nuetred in 4 weeks.

Within those 4 weeks my dog became sick and began to vomit a yellow bile. When I took him in to be neutered his platelet count came back really low and the vet put him on Doxycycline and Prednisone. We tested for tick titers that came back negative and they still don't know what is wrong with him.

I'm so angry that the vet didn't wait longer between vaccines and antibiotics before scheduling him for surgery. If she hadn't done a blood test before surgery, my dog would have bleed out on the operating room table.

And now I can't afford to keep taking him to the vet and don't know what to do.

Replied by Alain
(Ottawa, Canada)


Hi Kelly

I think giving the best food to your dog would be a good start to help in recovering.

I have 2 suggestions:

1)Here is a link about "how to grade dog foods" and about finding out good dog foods.

2)I would add to the feed Blackstrap molasses (BSM) and maybe to the water some Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Don't force feed with these. Let your dog use his instinct. Animal instinct is probably better than ours when it concerns food. You can even try some kelp. BSM, ACV and Kelp added to good quality food will provide a lot of minerals, and will help in building back health. See these 2 links for further suggestions:
You can try that forum for other suggestions.

If you try the suggestions let us know how it goes.

Good luck

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Posted by Michelle (Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) on 10/21/2008
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I have a 2.5 year old Chihuahua, I took her to the vet (20 October 08) for her annual rabies vaccination and booster. I was in the morning at around 10:00. Everything was fine and I left the house at 14:00 that same day, she was still perfect. When I returned home an hour later, she came to greet me at the door as she always does, to my horror I noticed that her whole head was severely swollen, her eyes almost shut closed. I immediately took her to the vet. He gave her an adrenaline injection to help the swelling go down and kept her there for observation. At 5:30 that afternoon I went to pick her up, lots of the swelling had gone down but not all of it. At home she was very uncomfortable and in pain, she was limping as the legs that got the adrenaline injection was very sore, she was moaning and couldn't lie down for 2 mins. I phoned the vet and he said it was very unusual and i could bring her in to get something for the pain, so I did. Only at around 22:00 that night did she fall asleep. Today (21 October 08) she's doing much better, she doesn't seem to be in any pain and is walking fine. She still has swelling especially under her chin which worries me. The vet said that it's a debate if this swelling is from the rabies vaccination as something could have bitten/stung her. I told him that we live in an apartment and have not insects/spiders in our home. The possibility of something like that are very slim. I don't believe that it was anything else but from the rabies vaccine. What are your thoughts on this matter?

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Posted by Barb (Beaverton, Michigan) on 10/21/2008
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My Old English Bull Dog had puppies on 10-9-08, given amoxocillin 2x a day for mastitus, doing great... she went for stitches to be removed 10 days later. On this 10th day the Doctor noticed she was due this week for her parvo yearly shot. He said it was safe for the mom feeding pups to have this shot. Now 24 hours later she has a low fever and the 'runs'... I am taking her in tomorrow because there has been no change in diet and where we live, there is no contact with any dogs, 'pets or strays'... I am afraid of what this could be, because with the antibiotics and her mastitus being gone, and still finishing her meds, there is no reason at all for the runs and low fever.

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Posted by Christopher (Vancouver, WA) on 10/20/2008
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Bodhi, our 4mth old long-haired dachshund went in for his last parvo-multi shot, and his first ever rabies shot (in hip) on 10/15/08. He was tired and slept for a day, but bounded back to normal on the second day. Early in the morning on 10/18/08, Bodhi had no muscle control or tension from his midsection back; total hind quarter paralysis. Within an hour he began vomiting yellow foam (7 times in two hours). He slowly began to regain some strength by hour three. The emergency vet was certain it was the rabies vaccine, and suggested the shot was given too early (Washington law requires the first shot by six months). Bodhi still has periodic quivering spells, especially when he is sitting still, but mostly he has his control and temperament back.
Pfizer, "Rabdomun", killed virus, 1ml. (single dosage), no batch number. SN#S724897A, Exp. 7/17/09.

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Posted by Nancy (Mesa, AZ) on 10/19/2008
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Pet Death from Vaccinations

Homey was a mix breed of approximately 102 pounds that was 10 years old. He went for a checkup the beginning of February 2008 and was given a clean bill of health. They also gave him the 3 yr Rabies, Corona and DLPP shots.

In March he was becoming lethargic, didn't want to play ball, didn't want to go for walks and it was quite unusual since he always did. The middle of April he started drooling a lot, wouldn't eat, had sever diarrhea and vomiting and his entire hind end didn't even support him for going to the bathroom.

Took him back to the vet and they ran bloodwork and said he was fine and put him on a different diet including two different antibiotics (why he needed them if nothing was wrong...I don't know). That didn't help so we took him to a holistic doctor to see if he could help find out what was wrong. At the time we had no clue it may have been related to the vaccinations. One week after seeing the holistic doctor, he passed away. I am devastated, as this wonderful family member was always in the best of health, taken care of as you would a child and stayed in the backyard as our guardian.

Not much more to say other than after reading information on your website, thanks so much for the insight. I wish I would have known this before they vaccinated and killed him.

Replied by Jamie
(Lake Worth , Fl)
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Nancy, first let me offer condolences for your beloved companion.It is tragic to loose a dear friend. Are you sure it was the vaccinations, and not pet food? Remember not too long ago it was a big awful mess with the pet food industry?

I have a little Chihuahua he was a puppy, and getting his puppy shots. He probably weighed about 3 or 4 pounds. I noticed after his second set of shots on his hind quarter it was swollen. He ended up having a big red bump, eventually lost all the hair. It was almost a year before any of the hair started growing back. The vet never admitted it was from any vaccinations. Although it was the site of the injection.

At 2 years of age I had to take him to an allergist. Separate from his regular vet Whom by the way I had changed, I wasn't happy with his original one. The allergist inquired about his bald spot. I told them what had happened he said "He not only lost his hair feel this." I put my fingers on his bald spot and could feel a dip, and indentation. The little guy lost muscle mass as well. He will never regrow his hair, he is 3 1/2 years old now. I guess they should not have given him the vaccination cocktail. I am also on the fence with vaccinations. Are they necessary? Do they do more harm than good? As a responsible and loving pet owner you want to do the right thing.

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Posted by Kyle (Austin, TX) on 10/18/2008
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vaccination of puppy

my poodle and bichapoo were both vaccinated for distemper and rabies, per state requirements in Texas. The bichapoo lost all her fur, developed ulcers in her mouth, and her eyes became dull. I tried to talk the vet out of it, since I'd recently learned that all dogs get the same dose of these vaccines, from tiny to large. The dose is the same. I needed the rabies to get her accepted on a plane and at the groomer.

I am now giving her raw meat diet, a homeopathic remedy for vaccinations, liver support (milk thistle) and a mushroom for immune boosting. I found an honest vet in Falcon Colorado who admits the problem and has the remedies.

I will never again have my dogs vaccinated. Now I have learned that heavy metals are in the vaccine as well.

This is criminal in my opinion. The vets make a lot of money on vaccinations, and some have admitted that we over vaccinate. One time will last a dog's lifetime.

It's all about money.

I feel terrible for having my precious healthy puppy's life almost destroyed for listening to the FDA requirements.

We must keep talking about this and change it. It is animal cruelty at it's worst.

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Posted by Tanya (Phoenix, Arizona) on 10/17/2008

For some reason my Red/ Blue Queensldand Heeler's face was swollen this morning after I took him out to go to the bathroom. My boyfriend and I gave him his 3rd distemper/ parvo shot yesterday around 5:30pm. This is the 2nd time that his face has swelled up like this. The 1st time we assumed that he had gotten stung or bit by something when I took him outside and it did not happen until exactly 1 week after he was given his 2nd distemper/ parvo shot. We gave him some Benedryl and that made the swelling go down. I did the same thing this morning. He is still extremely playful and is eating and drinking fine.

Could he be having a reaction to the shot that we gave him yesterday? If so then why did it take a week for the last reaction. Please help we are confused.

Thank You

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Posted by Shaelyn (Los Angeles, CA) on 10/15/2008
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I have a 5 year old shar-pei. A year ago he received his booster shots for DHLP and within a few days had severe pain in his back and hind legs. This transferred into a couple episodes of shar-pei fever which in total lasted over a month until he was back to normal.

The vet initially prescribed Tramadol for pain relief and then I migrated him to some homeopathic remedies.

Replied by Richard
(Beaumont, Ca /usa)
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I HAD a 7 year old English bulldog. She WAS very healthy and active. She was very active the day she had her 3 year DHPPC booster. She seemed a little sluggish that night. The vet instructions said she would experience some lethargy and lack of appetite. The following morning she was very sluggish. She ended up dying in my wife's arms before 8am. Beware what is being injected into your loved ones. I will never have a my dogs vaccinated again. Your pets rely on your judgement for their health.

Replied by Frances

I also think it is criminal that the state make us vaccinate our animals so often when we could use the new in house titer testing. I also know how important it is not to feed dog food. Feed them as they were in the wild. I lost my dog after 17 years. He only had to rabies shots in his life. I cooked all of his meals. However he never ran loose. And he lived in the house never out of my site. Now vets are saying if you are a few days late in getting a rabies shot you must start over. Until the fix the law I am not going to get another pet. I rescued animals for 20'years and we are destroying their amunen systems. Just my opinion and some animals are allergic to the shot.

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney, Australia)

Hi, Francis, I hope you decide to take on another pet as their are many pets out there that need caring people like you. I don't know what the rabies vaccination entail as we don't have rabies in this country, in fact we don't have to vaccinate our pets for anything (owners choice) I vaccinate my dogs every third year for parvo. I dont like putting too many chemicals in their body. Please reconsider, reading your post you have so much to offer.

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Posted by Juli (Canfield, OH USA) on 10/12/2008
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My 6 yr old female lab received booster vaccines on 10/2/08 also. She has been digging and scratching at herself ever since. The original reason we took her in was because she was scratching herself a bit. They said she had fleas, which she did, but she wasn't scratching herself until she bled and she wasn't losing hair and weight. I took her back in and they gave her a steroid shot. Now her eyes are dialated and she is lethargic. How long before this shot wears off. Should I contact the vet again? Maybe there is a really bad batch of vaccine going around, like bad cat food from China?

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Posted by Jae (Miami, FL, USA) on 10/10/2008
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I've got a 9 wk old male Australian Cattle Dog who received his 2nd set of puppy shots this morning. He'd been playful all day, then come dinner time he barely ate anything and seemed very out of it. He's since had diahrea for the past couple of hours and has thrown up twice. He's now sleeping but we're keeping a close eye on him.

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Posted by Diana (Huachuca City, AZ) on 10/07/2008
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Parvo: I got 2 boxer puppies on Wed took them in for their first shots on Thursday, one immediately got very sick, bloody stools and not eating. The puppy was not any better on Sat morning, so ran it to the emergency vet, all I heard was it has Parvo, even after the test came back negative on both puppies the vet still said it had Parvo. I ask several time could it be a reaction to the shot, they just looked at me dumbfounded like how dare i ask a stupid question. The vet wanted $400 up front to treat my puppy for Parvo, I did not have a good feeling about this, so I took the puppies home, started them on TechMix k9 Restart and Live Bac, on Sunday we saw a marked improvement and today the puppy looks and act like nothing happened.

Replied by Angelica Martin
(Sacramento, CA)
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Hello I have a 17wk chihiuaha he had his Parvo Vaccine and now he is vommiting and diarrhea same symptoms as your dog can you please tell me the outcome or how long did it last? I am really worried about him he was a gift to my son and the breeder told me to wait until he was 1 to do anything but when i took him to the Vet they told me I was crazy and he needed them asap. I only did the Parvo one but now I am thinking I should of listened to the Breeder Please reply he was a gift for my son he just turned 8 and after losing our dog last year we were not going to give it another shot with a puppy because we never really got over our lil Diamond so please contact me thank you Angelica

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Posted by Sherri (DFW, Texas) on 10/06/2008
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2.5 yr. old Miniature Schnauzer rec'd annual shots for the first time since puppy shots as I know they are bad for them from being told that by several country veternarians. Within 1 week, he was lethargic, vomiting yellow foam uncontrollably, continuous panting, brick hard abdomen, low grade fever, bloody diarhea, his whole body seemed sore to the touch as he acted like an abused dog would when you would reach for him. He had pus pimples all over his neck and back that would pop easily and smell horrible with clear green liquid. I took him to emergency clinic and they left him on IV overnight. His blood counts told them nothing was wrong. Xrays showed only slightly inflammed intestines. They gave bland diet, antibiotics, steroids and panalog ointment for skin. He did require 2 rounds of antibiotics to completely cure the skin bumps. His skin color went from pink to almost black on his back. Doctors would not admit it was from shots. I talked to a holistic vet that sold me colostrum capsules and told me to also get probotics. My dog is now 5 yrs. old. He had to have shots again recently to get neutered and he has had no reactions. My dog since recovery has been functioning at 80-90% of his pre vaccine activity level and ability.

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Posted by Jacqueline (Oxon Hill, VA) on 10/05/2008
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Trembling, Lethargic dog: Last week I took my 10 year Pom in for shots before we left the vets he fell down and had rapid heart beat. The vet immediately gave him a shot of benadryl, which seemed to help. However, he has been laying around, not eating, shivering. We have taken him back to the vet, who says he can't find anything. Does anyone have any advice??

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Posted by Lori Wallender (Minocqua, Wisconsin) on 10/04/2008
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My dog Bruiser is a pit bull Terrier mix (chow chow) He is the most gentle dog I had ever come in contact with. Bruiser had his three year vaccinations on September 18th. VX-Canine DP 3 year, Leptospirosis, and Lyme vaccaine. Two weeks later he is lethargic, very depressed, mopes around, is drooling from the right side of his mouth, seems spooked, yelps for reason unknown and when I push on parts of his back, his muscles begin to tremble. I don't want to take him back to the vet because they lied to me about Lyme's he supposedly had and said that the tests they charged me for showed he is negative. They charged me over $200 that day when they quoted me much much less. Has anyone else gone through similar symptoms with their dog after annual shots? Thanks, Lori

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Posted by Gloria (Chula Vista Ca., CA) on 09/29/2008
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My dog had the DA2LP/ Parvo /Corona/ Bordetella shots yesterday and he seemed more like he wanted to be alone yesterday and after 24 hours his right eye is closing and is red and he can't hardly open the eye. We rub it and it won't help at all.