I asked my dog’s Veterinarian if I could get a titer instead and she explained that the law does not allow for a titer for rabies vaccinations.
She gave my dog the vaccination and he squealed as it hurt him going in.
approximately 30 minutes after I returned home my dog was acting very strangely. He kicked his back paws fearlessly and rolled on the ground, kicked his large pillow across the room, jumped on the sofa kicking all the pillows off, scratching his chin on the ground, rubbing his body and licking the carpet. Needless to say he does not behave this way in the least so I was very concerned. I immediately thought it could be a reaction to the vaccination. I was so worried and I called the Veterinary office, but the office was already closed for the day. I then called the emergency clinic and waited on the phone to speak with someone. I got impatient waiting so I phoned a friend who is a Veterinarian. She said his symptoms sounded like an allergic reaction or possibly a seizure, but since he was alert she called it an allergic reaction. She told me to give him a half of a benadryl pill and wait 30 minutes, if no improvement then give him another half. At that point he still did not have welts on his face and body.
A few seconds after I gave him the first half of the benadryl he was showing welts on his face. He then threw up shortly after. I was concerned that he did not digest the benadryl before vomiting so I gave him the other half. I was also somewhat hesitant with the benadryl as it had a bright pink coating on it “more chemicals” I though for his already immune depressed body. Within 30 minutes he stopped kicking and the welts began to subside. He vomited some more and was very quiet the rest of the evening. Throughout all of this his heart was racing and his breathing was heavy.
Once he calmed down, I researched online about the rabies vaccine. Oh how I wish I had done that research before his appointment because surely I would have decided to dodge the law had I seen this video on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pQHQw-5XCw prior to my dog’s vaccination appointment. Most of the reactions listed I personally witnessed with my own dog.
A great website that was most helpful in answering the questions I had: http://www.Truth4Dogs.com. I hope by sharing this information I can save someone from going through what I went through.
What surprised me the most about the rabies vaccine was this: There is a "one size fits all" with the rabies vaccine. If my dog weighs 2 pounds or 200 pounds, the amount of vaccine given would be the same. Perhaps if my dog had been 2 pounds he would not have survived.
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