April 11th 2012 9:26 am
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Some of you may have read some of our comments on posts regarding behavioral issues linked to rabies vaccinations. I'd like to elaborate. I got Sita when she was a little over a year old. The people I got her from didn't know when she had her last vacs (we knew she had some because she had been spayed). I grew up believing what the vets told me, that dogs needed to be vaccinated every year. Not long after I brought Sita home I took her to the vet to be vaccinated. They said even if she had been vaccinated before, vaccinating her again wouldn't hurt her. Wow were they wrong! Sita had a very bad reaction (I thought she was going to die!) & the vets had to giver her a steroid to stabilize her. I was told she would need the steroid or a benadryl pill before shots. It was after the second set of shots that Sita had with me that she started showing odd behavior. She freaked out when it got dark & we were still at the barn. She freaked out when we drove through construction zones. My dog who used to live for car rides started getting very anxious on some drives, to the point of almost hyperventilating. She acted scared when she saw people with hats on. I didn't know why my once stable dog was acting so weird.
After our car accident in July of 2011 I decided to take Sita to see a chiropractor. I mean, she didn't show any injuries & was checked out by a vet, but no one could come out of a roll over accident without something happening to them. So I went to see Dr. Kim Henneman in Park City UT. Dr. Henneman has studied all over the world, has worked with the US Equestrian Team & has been an official vet with the Iditarod. She practices traditional veterinary medicine as well as chiropractic, acupuncture & traditional chinese medicine. I knew Kim from horse shows so I was happy to give her business. As the doc took down Sita's history, we started talking about her odd behavior & I was worried that it was starting to affect her work. Kim asked when the behavior started. I said it started around the first set of shots she had. Kim started to explain that vets had begun linking behavioral & health issues with over vaccination. Did you know that British vets had never seen a case of reverse sneezing until they made rabies vaccinations mandatory? Anyway, back to the story. Kim gave Sita a homeopathic remedy to help counteract the rabies effects. We started seeing improvement. Sita was calmer in the car, better going through construction zones. Other issues popped up. She was suddenly afraid of wind storms. Kim gave Sita a different remedy (each remedy helps with different issues). Yesterday I took Sita up for a followup & to get Tia her second set of puppy shots. We talked about Sita's issues. I said that since the puppy came, Sita was much more relaxed in situations that used to upset her. I also said that the night before we had gone to make a delivery to a mine. The road is open on both sides, but no lights. It's pitch dark. Sita was panting & wouldn't settle. Also on the trip up to the vet's office Sita wouldn't settle & was panting hard. Kim gave her some Pulsatilla. It is a remedy for claustraphobia.
On our last visit, I told Kim that Sita was due for her rabies vacs. Kim wanted to check her antibody levels & we pulled a titers. (Titers are required for international travel). Acceptable levels are more than .5. Sita's were 3.46!!! She may never have to have another rabies shot as long as she lives. Vets are starting to recognize that we are over vaccinating our pets.
So, moral of the story, after your dogs first set of shots, get a titers before your next shot is due. I know that counties require a full set of shots to register your dog, groomers, boarding facilities & day care require them. But they should recognize the titers as proof that the dog is vaccinated. If not, fight. Fight for your dogs health! Go to your local government if possible. The only way we can change the system is to fight it. I will never again over vaccinate my dogs. Their health & well being is way too important.
If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer to the best of my ability. Check to see if there is an alternative vet in your area. You will be happy you did!
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When I was adopted I came with a paperwork that said I had recently had all of the required shots including the Rabies vaccinations. The following day momma took me to the vet to sign me up for their health plan and they refused to do so unless they re-did all shots. Momma pointed out to them that I had everything plus gave them the proof with the signed vaccination reports but they insisted that I would have to be re-vaccinated or else they could not insure me. Momma asked if it would put me in any danger and the vet insisted that it would not so I received all shots over again.
When the rescue group that adopted me out to my furever home found out about the re-vaccination they were livid. They threatened to come take me away, removed my photo from their "successful" adoption page and had some of their friends send momma nasty email about the dangers of over vaccinations.
Anyhow, everyone knows I now have liver failure and maybe it is from the over vaccinations. Momma feels bad about what happened but when you are not a vet you tend to put your trust in them when they say you need to do something for your pet.
The only shots I now receive are the kennel cough, lymes and rabies however after reading your diary momma is now going to ask for a titers before any shot is administered.
Thank you for posting this very important diary entry.