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Old 12-02-2015, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tessa reacting to rabies vaccine

Tessa has had a very tough couple of days. On Nov. 23 she had her rabies vaccine, and did fine for the first week. Monday night she started itching like crazy and is clearly uncomfortable. She had a bad night Monday night and again last night; we haven't gotten a lot of sleep the past two days.

Our primary vet now has her on benedryl and I have a call into my holistic vet (he wasn't in yesterday) to see what else we should do or if he has a suggestion other than benedryl. My primary vet wholeheartedly agrees that this is a delayed reaction to the vaccine.

The most frustrating thing is Tessa also had a delayed reaction 3 years ago, but because it was delayed, my vet at the time refused to document it as a reaction. For those who have been on SM for a while, you might remember that we were at the vet (including ER) 3 times in 2 days because it started with diarrhea, then vomiting, then hives and itching. She was a very sick girl!

Because my former vet refused to acknowledge that it was a vaccine reaction, my current vet couldn't provide a medical exemption that met our county's requirements. (FYI, that refusal to acknowledge the reaction and her unwillingness to titer for distemper and parvo is why she is now my "former vet.") I'm just thankful that we didn't have the nausea this time - I have my holistic vet to thank for getting Tessa healthy enough to avoid that! All three of us (holistic, primary and me) thought that we would avoid any reactions this time because Tessa is so much healthier than she was three years ago; sadly, we were wrong.

Paws crossed that today is better! And no, she will never again receive a rabies vaccine. She now has a documented history of reaction so she is eligible for a medical exemption going forward.

For those who are unfamiliar with delayed reactions to vaccines, google Dr. Jean Dodds' work and read about the types of reactions that can occur weeks and even months later.
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Old 12-02-2015, 08:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I hope today goes better for her. When most of these laws avout required vaccines were passed, people did not understand much about the reactions dogs were having to them. Treatment for rabies was difficult, painful - stomach injections and not always successful. Treatments have gotten so much better and are certainly no picnic, but are not as painful and unpredictable as they once were. We should be able to titer for rabies.
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That's really scary. I hope she feels much better today!

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I hope Tessa feels better today. Pipper is due for his rabies vaccine soon and it always worries me because he has never gotten rid of the lump his very first rabies vaccine gave him. Our last dog had a permanent lump at the injection site too.

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I hope she feels better today!

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I wish that they could Titer for Rabies too! It always a big concern when mine get that vaccine. Praying that Tessa feels better real soon, and I'm happy that she's exempt from getting that vaccine!!
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Polly sends licks to poor Tessa. I hate these "professionals" who think they know our fluffs better than we do. We also have a holistic-alternative vet and I don't know what we would do without her knowledge and expertise. We are wishing Tessa a speedy recovery.
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I hope Tessa is feeling better today.

With my doxies I always get a pre shot of benadryl before rabies for one of my guys.

If they are due for anything else I always wait a few weeks between shots.

Poor Gigi got everything all at once at the shelter but she was okay. Next year she will be getting titers done.
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Oh, poor little Tessa, I hope she feels better today.
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My vet says they do titer for rabies but it is very expensive.

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I wish that they could Titer for Rabies too! It always a big concern when mine get that vaccine. Praying that Tessa feels better real soon, and I'm happy that she's exempt from getting that vaccine!!
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