Side Effects of Pet Vaccines: A Closer Look


28 User Reviews

Posted by Katie (Houston, Texas) on 01/25/2010

My pekingese pup is just barely six months old and received her corona virus vaccine and her lime vaccine this past Saturday, 01/23/10. This evening at 5pm my pup went into a seizure. I think the timing is pretty weird that now that this has happened. Is there any side effects and/or reasoning that now the seizures have begun. A lot like autism in childrens vaccines,,,is there a possiblity this is now happening to my puppy?

EC: There are a few other reader posts in this section linking vaccinations to their dog's seizures, unfortunately.

Posted by Sharonabath (Bath, Pa) on 01/06/2010

Here is my story, I hope it helps another sweet animal.

I was given a 10 week old Rottweiler puppy for XMas.He was HEALTHY & HAPPY for the 11 days we had him. On his 12 week b-day, we took him to the vet for his check-up and the vet proceeded to give him: Rabies, Lymes and Bordatella shots (please note that the nurse questioned the doctor giving 3 shots and not 2 and his response was"he is a big boy, 3 is fine" - he was 15 pds!! Got home and puppy acting/eating fine until 10 hours AFTER the shots when he started having a seizure (foaming at mouth, VERY vocal, body out of control and thrashing, deficated and urinated). Called vet and took him in, only after 2nd seizure did we make it (same type seizure "violent". Vet did blood work and tested for parasite and gave me 0.7cc valium to bring home with me in the event he had another seizure (give him valium and go to vet ER hospital) PLEASE NOTE MY VET DID WRITE ON PAPERWORK: vx induced? (this tells me he knows it was!)

Went to ER on New Years Day at 2:20am in morning as puppy had 3rd seizure. Vet did more testing (ammonia levels etc) In the morning vet called at 8:00am to tell me puppy had 4th seizure and it was the worst he has seen (same as he had been having at home)- said "prognosis not good". Put puppy on anti-seizure meds and said to call later/ Went to visit puppy New Years Day around 4:00pm and he was great, happy to see me, walking, licking & kissing me and just looked normal (besides his cath in his arm).Came home and called hospital around 9:00pm to speak to vet who told me I should put puppy to sleep!!!!!! Devastated I headed to hospital and while in route - puppy had 5th seizure (while on seizure meds). Ended up putting puppy to sleep :0(

NOW...3 vets, the vaccinations companies and the breeder are ALL fighting to "clear" their names. Fighting over WHO should do autopsy (we did NOT requst autopsy but breeders vet said that my vet POISONED puppy with these shots). Puppy is on way to cornell university so they can autopsy and find out WHAT happend to this beautiful babay boy who never had a chance to live. My heart is broken into a million pieces as I feel I did not protect my friend from these shots. (I also have an autistic son who got MMR shot and days later was COVERED in Measles - 2 months later, all his words GONE and diagnosed Autistic shortly thereafter. I HATE vaccinations and although i now some are neccesary, I do not feel they are "one size fits all". There should be better vaccination schedules (for children and animals) and their health should be taken into consideration - not everyone can have the same shots at the same time! I am going to fight this terrible tragedy until SOMEONE takes the blame. the vaccinations company is VERY concerned, as well as the vets (only concerned they may get into trouble, of course). We are hiring a lawyer to help fight this battle (not for the money we spent - $2500.00 in 32 hours) but for this puppies life that was taken away from him, way to soon. Someone is going to be put to blame and fortunatly, the 3 vets have all mentioned "vx induced" as the cause of his downfall. The one vet is SURE he was poisend and so, having these vets AGAINST eachother, will only help me get the answer I need. WHO DID THIS to him?? The VET by giving him wasy to many shots at once? The vaccination company having a "bad bach"?? OR the Breeders vet who sold us a puppy who maybe had some underlying health issue? All I can say is that they told me "THIS PUPPY WILL NEVER AGAIN GET A VACCINATION - if he makes it, he will be EXEMPT" (what does that tell us?) I hope you all have great luck with your furry friends and again, if I could "re-do" this time of events, I would have more cautiously looked into the vaccinations and INSISTED he be put on a schedule that I thought safer for him. best of luck to you all!!

EC: Dear Sharonabath,

We are sorry to hear about your puppy. Thank you so much for taking the time to write us in depth about this.

Replied by Linda

Please please tell me how this ended!!! I'm going thru THE SAME RIGHT NOW! MY PUP IS IN HOSPITAL AS I TYPE!!!!

Replied by Pam

1:15a.m. called animal hospital Jane is doing better...taking her slowly of oxygen.. because she was gasping for air and vomiting she got fluid (vomit) in her lungs..took x-ray at hospital showed cloudy area in her lungs..she had fever..that has gone down at this time...also she temporary lost vision in her right eye..swelling in brain..still doing antibiotics...hope your puppy is doing better now. This is a nightmare..over Lyme vaccination

Posted by Jason (Concord, Nh) on 12/29/2009


My 18 month old Doberman Pinscher received six vaccines from the vet (who was only supposed to give two). That was on November 10th, since then he's been having grand mal seizures sometimes more than one a day. He's also become more aggressive, backs away, and has constent relestness. We've been trying to treat him according to the treatment vaccinosis by Dr. Dodds. Basically, my dog now suffers from major illnesses that we still cant control, all caused by vaccines. Its heartbreaking to watch and financially draining, but we do everything we can for our loved friends. I just want to express my concern to others to only due what your pet needs for vaccines, not what most vets tell you they need. Do your research and save your pets life.

Posted by Wolfie (Studio City, Ca) on 12/27/2009

Vaccination Reaction

My dogs were vaccinated for bortetella seven days ago, and have had chronic diarrhea ever since. The vet denies any connection between the vaccination and the diarrhea. The two dogs who were vaccinated (female Spitz mix age 6 and male Chihuahua mix age 7) began having diarrhea within approximately five hours of the vaccination. The one who was not vaccinated (male American Eskimo age 15) has no such issue. All three eat the same whole food made from scratch rotation diet they have been on since they were puppies.

This vet also refuses to sign a waiver exempting my 15 year old dog with a history of seizures that began after a rabies vaccination from the rabies vaccine. The seizures were eventually cured after three years of remedies including Taurine and raw proteins along with emergency measure like Valium.

Because the vet who originally vaccinated him also denies any connection between the seizures and the vaccines in the best interest of his practice, I cannot legally license my dog in the state of California without subjecting him to further risk.

Needless to say, I am not a big fan of vaccines or the government imposed "vaccinate your dog every year" policies.

Replied by Gale
(Niagara Falls)

Of course the Vets deny everything! So do Doctors regarding children...

Posted by Brittany (Puyallup, Wa) on 12/07/2009

Distemper Vaccine

Hi my name is Brittany. My dog Daisy, a German Shorthaired Pointer, was recently put to sleep because her blood wouldn't clot. She was 7 yrs. and she has received the distemper vaccine before. Let me tell you about what led to her peaceful sleep.

She recieved her shot on October 28, along with a few other shots. When she got home she had started to break out in hives. She has always been allergic to things before so my mom thought it was just her fleas. A vet had once told us that she was probably allergic to fleas. So my mom put frontline on her and called it good in hopes that she would stop itching. Later on the 29th my mom found a bag of dogfood that she had recieved for free because one of my other dogs was due to have puppies soon. So she mixed the dog food in Daisy's food. That night Daisy had Diarreah horribly and had an accident on the stairs. My dad found it at about 3 in the morning and cleaned it up. He doesn't know or remember if there was blood in it, but he believes there might have been a little bit. Then my dad decided it was the dog food that my mom had mixed in to her food so he began picking out all the mix-in, because she lost interest in eating. Then Nov. 22-25 while we were camping in Oregon. She began to bleed from the crevices of her lips. I tried to stop the bleeding, but i couldn't get it to stop. She at this time had pretty much stopped eating all together. She ate a little every once and a while, but not much. When we got home on the 25th I had woken up to take the puppy out potty and Daisy was sitting in the hall way staring at the wall and head hanging slightly. Normally when I walk by her she stands, but not this time she just sat there. I brushed it off, but was still worried. I took the puppy out and came back and she was still there so I coaxed her to get on my bed and sleep with me, but every time she layed down she groaned, like she was in pain in her abdomine. Later on the 26th while my family was getting ready for Thanksgiving Dinner, my dad went into my room to see Daisy. She was sitting on my bed the same way she had been when she was in the hallway. He just barely touched her head to pet her and she cried out and wimpered. My parents immediately took her to the vet, where they did a series of tests. They took her blood and tested it for everything. Platelets, iron, everything. They also scanned her for tumors. She had no tumors. But when they got her blood tests back they discovered that everything was normal except her platelets levels. An average amount is 400,000 low is 20,000 she had 16. (per Ml) The vet gave her a Chemo shot in hopes that her body would produce more platelets. We left her there over night and she got worse rapidly. On the 27th we called to check in on her and she had fallen far. They had taken blood from her jugular and it had not stopped bleeding. She began to bleed internally in 3 places. Her intestines, her jugular, and her brain. She had 5 seizures while she was in the vet. The suggested we put her to sleep and that is what we did.

I am so confused as to what led to her death and her sudden illness. I believe that it was the Distemper Vaccine but I cannot be sure. I just hope to warn other pet owners so they do not have to witness what I have recently witnessed my bestfriend go through. When she died I held her. The scary part was that she breathed after her heart stopped beating. Im a 17 yr old girl who just wants to know what killed her best friend. If you can help me that would be great. I have to know so I can let her go.

Posted by BB (K.L, Malaysia) on 02/01/2009

I own 2 e.bulldogs which they are very happy and healthy all the while till the day i send them to take their vaccination shot. The female is 14mths old and after the vaccination she has seizure and till now im still controlling the and she is more easily allergy to foods. The male which is about 3.5 yrs old only had his vaccination at his puppy hood so im thinking to give him a shot as i was told many dogs around my area has parvo but now he is more allergic to food even the same thing he takes daily. He is the best e.bulldog even if he has allergy it will take only 1 pill to clear it off but now i have to give allergy pill plus antibiotics and go on for about 1 week anly i could see the result. I will never give my dogs yearly shot

Posted by Tonya (Lynn, Ma) on 12/09/2008

I took my 6 month old cat in for a distemper shot and later that night she went into a violent seizure that lasted maybe 30 seconds...she finally clamed down but wasn't quite heself a few hours later We went to the emergengy room around 4 a.m. I was told she had a fever of 104 and the inital blood work showed nothing. 2000 dollars is the approx. cost for this visit including all the additional test that need to be done. I won't know the results until later today. I'll have to do a follow up for this feed back

My cat was fine before this shot. I was never informed of any side effects

Posted by Heather (Shippensburg, PA) on 12/06/2008

Well, today I went to pick up my 8 week old Toy fox terrier. The breeder had givin her her first distemper-parvo vaccination just last night around 7pm. I brought her to my home. She was playful, crying and making noises like any puppy would do. At some point her stomach had hardened and she was kinda out of it. My brother was there who is familiar with seizures. The dog was placed on the floor at which she had a seizure. Her head tilted to the side and her body did too. After that she could not stand up, her breathing became very heavy, and she was very lathergic . I called the breeder and she did gladly take her back and was going to take her to the vet.

Once I got home I did some research and realised that this could all be do to the shots she had. I am a big believer now that these shots are really dangerous and not really needed.

I haven't heard the condition of the puppy but hope all is well.

Posted by Cristina (Bucharest, Romania) on 08/16/2008

I have an eight year old French Bulldog. Last year I took him to the vet for his annual rabies shot and DHPP booster. Over the years I noticed he didn't feel too well the first few days after his shots, but it always passed. Last year, the day of the shot he was completely lethargic, and that night he had his first seizure. I told the vet, and since it started out with my dog crying, and it lasted for one minute at most, the vet said he must have had a nightmare. He kept having a seizure every night for the following month. I knew they were seizures when he couldn't control his bladder during these brief moments. Since he only had a minute long seizure a night, we didn't put him on any medication. After a month the seizures started coming further apart, every 2, 3 nights, and not every single night. After a year they were down to one every 2 months or so. Since his last shot his hind legs have also grown weaker. He used to be able to jump all over and run. He can't even climb stairs any more. And this doesn't seem to be getting any better. I only hope that by not giving him any more shots it won't get any worse. Vets in Romania still insist on giving shots every year. Some even advise pet owners to come in earlier, so the shot's effect does not expire and leave the dog unprotected. Since no laws are being issued to protect pets, I only hope that more dog owners start doing research on their own and start acting in the best interest of their furry friends.

Posted by Sonia (USA) on 08/20/2007

Hi my name is Sonia i have a Rat Terrier and Minature Pincher Mix. He is 3months old and i just took him to the vet for his distemper, parovovirus, rabies, and bordetella shots on friday. and he has already had two seizures in the past two days im scared and am taking him back to the vet today. its was the saddest think to see my puppy go thru and know that was nothing i could of done. i will NEVER give my dog another shot. if anyone could give me any advise about what i can give him for thh seizures to stop. Thank You. sdcruz82/@/ and is it ok not to give my puppy anymore shot after this?

Posted by Michelle (New York, NY) on 05/26/2007

My dog, a female miniature pinscher, 12 years old, died last November from what I believe to be negative reactions from her vaccinations. I took her in on September 6th, and she received intratract II kennel cough vaccination and a 3-year rabies vaccination. Two weeks later, I came home from work and she was seizuring on the floor. She had NEVER had a seizure in her life. She was an otherwise healthy dog before these vaccinations. On November 12th, she passed away in my arms. The vets refuse to believe it was the vaccinations and say they believe it was a brain tumor, but I know better. Now that I know how harmful vaccinations are, I will never go through this again.

Posted by Diane (East Lyme, CT) on 05/23/2007

Vaccination And Seizure with My Yorkshire Terrier: I have a 5 1/2 year old Yorkshire Terrier who is also paralyzed in her left hind leg due to FCE. She was scheduled to have a total hip replacement on May 21st , so I decided to have her vaccinated for rabies and kennel cough. That was on May 10th. Then about 10 days later she started to develop a very deep cough and also had a seizure. She never had any problems before this , except for a mild collapsing trachea. This was her first kennel cough vaccine and I'm beginning to think that the seizure and the cough was the result of the vaccinations. Anybody that might have had similar experiences would be appreciated.

Posted by Rich (Phoenix, Arizona) on 05/22/2007

My dog is 17 years and is a bichon mix. He waS NEVER VACCINATED. He was picked up by the pound and vaccinated when he escaped the yard. He now suffers seizures. We need to do something to stop dog pounds from causing dogs such problems.

Posted by Veronica (Greer, SC) on 04/25/2007

It's me again. My male had another seizure on mon.I have done some more research and there is hope. If you look into epilepsy in dogs(this is the fallback "disease" the vets will tell you your dog has)on the web you will find one very helpful site. It gives some homeopathic options to rid the vaccines from their bodies along with some steroids. Also it seems a lot of breeds are more prone-my mix of husky & lab are both. Search the web and get all the info you can. Look into titer testing and waivers that keep your pets from ever being revaccinated because of the seizures. Educate everyone you know who has pets as to the side effects.The more people know the more we can speak up and stop the unnecessary hurting of our companions!

Replied by Diamond
(Salisbury, Usa)

Veronica from SC; You have done some great research. But I hope you are not planning on steroids for any animals? they are not even good for humans, most every man made med. Can not be processed by our bodies, if any thing it breaks down our immune system, animals immunity is even lower than humans. good luck.

Posted by Veronica (Greer, SC) on 04/16/2007

On 4-7-07 I had my 2 husky/lab mixes' rabies and DHPP (whatever that is )boosters given. On 4-14 my male had his first seizure. It was absolutely horrifying! I am still upset. I took him to the vet that a.m.,and had a blood test(?) all seemed to be normal, so he suggested possible epilepsy. My mom-in-law does rescue and said one of hers gets seizures after her vaccine. So if this is the cause why must this be a law that we have to abide by? So we kill our kids with vaccines over the diseases and now we have to kill our pets too? I have recently declined to have my children given any further vaccinations and if there is anyway possible I want to do the same for my dogs. He is "different" whiny, hyper, doesn't seem to want to be alone, his personality is a little off. My female was at the vet on 4-13 and she was growling (not like her) at people. While there, I read in a dog magazine about a holistic vet that said that the vaccines given when puppies should last 7-15 years! So why this stupid law? From what I've read rabies is contracted more by bats than anything else. What's the chances of a dog being bitten by a bat and getting rabies? How do we get these ridiculous laws changed?