I had Chloe's (my Bichon Frise) booster shots given to her last week. She had a reaction; shaking, breathing heavy and buggy eyed. It happened last Sunday..I was so scared. I gave her the shot, then after awhile, I went to my Mom's for Mother's day. I got home about 2 hours later. Chloe' didn't come running to the door like usual and I called her and she didn't come. I went upstairs and found her on my bed, shaking and looking really scared. I went to pick her up and she yelped really loudly. I thought it was maybe her leg hurting or something like that. Then thought, duh, I just gave her a shot and she must be having a reaction.
I called the vet...and hubby. While waiting for the vet to call back, I looked up reactions on the internet. I figured out that was what was going on. The vet called and said I should get her in right away. Boy was that 20 min. ride long!!! He checked her out and said that she was having a reaction and gave her a steroid shot to help. She was so pitiful looking. She gradually got better. I didn't get much sleep that night. I was so worried about her. Now I'm afraid to have her get shots ever again. I am also afraid to apply her Frontline Plus.
I just wanted to warn others to make sure you keep a eye on your "baby" after giving shots. I didn't even think of it when I left home. We might have lost her if I would have stayed away longer.
glad that chloe is doing okay now. i am sure you were really scared.
this is the exact scenario that makes me never recommend to people to do their own vaccines. if they are insistent upon it then premedicating an hour before with benadryl might be a good idea to help avoid problems like this. benadryl is not always enough though.
Scout....I've always given my dogs their boosters for over 15 years. I don't think it had anything to do with me doing it. It would have happened if the vet did the shot too. I asked it it was something I did and they said no. The reaction was not immediate.
If we didn't travel out of country with her in the summers, I wouldn't give them to her. I will have to do alot of research to see if they are really necessary. She does go to the groomers every 6 weeks and when traveling, the rest area's are scary to go to. Not sure if she can contact something from these areas or not.
Does anyone have a idea about the frontline? I have it here, but haven't used it yet. I'm afraid to. I'll talk to the vet on Monday about it. Thanks for your thoughts.
sorry i didn't mean to imply it was anything you did that wasn't what i had meant... just that these reactions can occur and most people are not equipped to handle it if it should happen ... or even recognize signs of a reaction. and sometimes the reactions are so swift and so severe that the dog or cat could be dead within minutes of the start of a reaction that people at home may not have the time to get help fast enough.
I could write a book on the subject - literally. Both of my dogs have terrible reactions! Phoebi spent 6 days in the hospital on IV just last November. She will be 5 in July and has received her last Rabies shot ever! Her reaction begins exactly 12 days after the injection, same as the previous rabies vaccine 3 years previous and 1 year before that.
When I mentioned it this year before her shot my Vet basically told me I was nuts! She premedicated her with a benadryl shot sent us home. Like I said 12 days afterwards, which upon researching this topic, is VERY FRIGHTENING! I am just lucky it chose her gastrointestinal symptom as opposed to neurological!
Chan forget it - his first distemper crippled him for 3 days. When they convinced me to repeat that shot we had the same reaction except the dog was sick for 2 weeks. High fever, joint pain, vomiting, etc.
I am DONE -DONE -DONE! All 4 of the Vets in the office have discussed it at length and all agree they will not vaccinate my dogs again. I will do a titer (sp) to check their levels but that is all I will do.
I do give the Lyme vaccine because of the area where I live. Knock on wood - no problems! I also use Frontline Plus religiously from March - December with no problems. I do make sure I don't apply it close to their heartworm pill - don't ask why - guess I'm scared! LOL
Hope your baby stays well and is feeling better by now...
You know my Dad wont give his min pin shots because he said they are dangerous and I always just figured he was touched in the head. I always give mine booster shots and all ..esp the hounds rabies, Duchess did catch parvo after her parvo shot when she was a puppy and Daddy always said the live virus in the shot gave it to her. Maybe what he's been telling me all these years has ring of truth in it?
These are my first dogs ever that have had problems. Maybe their size, breed, vaccines? I don't really know - but I do know if the prevention itself is life threatening - well then I have no choice but to not vaccinate.
The first reaction was Chan's to the distemper. When I started doing some research on-line and at the library, I was shocked. It is quite a wide spread problem. The scary part is the statistics that are posted by the vaccine companies. Somewhere along the line bad reactions are not being reported and included in their statistics.
Why? Is the industry afraid that if our dogs don't need vaccines that we won't be bringing them to the Vets. Who then is afraid of loosing money, the vaccine companies, the Vets. STUPID! My dogs will still go for their bi-yearly check ups. It is probably more important for them to go twice a years then somebody who only goes every 3 years for a rabies vaccine!
I'm worked up now - wanna go protest some vaccine companies???? LOL
my pug reacts to his vaccines, i have to load him up with benadryl the day before and hang around the vet's office afterward. and when he is due for rabies we space them out over a week's time. the first time was very scary, i know how you feel. luckily he was given them in the vet's office and we were right there for him to intervene. he got real spacey and lethargic and swelled up.
and pearl is allergic to bee/wasp/hornet stings. her entire head swells up like a sharpei.
I thought it was common practice in the US for dog owners to get their dog titer tested after it is 5 years of age or older?? I don't believe it is necessary to have a dog vaccinated every year and was told this by a vaccine manufacturer, if a puppy is given it's recommended shots and then a booster the following year then it is protected for life, I know that for a fact and overvaccinating is a major no no!!! Anyone that is interested should type in 'side effects of overvaccinating a dog' in your browzer and you will be given a platora of links with alot of helpful and factual information.
Yorkiemalt - good to see that you have done your homework, I just wish that people in general would have a more open mind and do research of their own rather than depending entirely upon their vet to be truthfull with them....a good majority of vets are more interested in lining their pockets rather than having a pet's best interest at heart, just imagine the monetary loss if people would stop overvaccinating!!!
Allergic reactions to the vaccine are due to components that are added to it not the virus itself although live or modified live vaccines do shed the virus so people that breed and have a litter of young puppies should never contemplate vaccinating adult dogs as they will be shedding the virus and automatically infect any pups that are around.
I don't know about Benadryl but I always make a point of asking the vet for an anti-hystamine injection that I have in store just in case there is an allergic reaction such as swelling of the face, etc.
***Edited By: Ruby on 5/20/2006 10:34:30 PM*** Reason: added