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Ask the Vet About Rabies in Dogs and Cats

Rabies in Dogs and Cats
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Ask the Vet About Rabies in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jun 3, 2017
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies shot or tablets

Question:A street dog which we feed from one year is showing abnormal behavior. He is behaving like he doesn't know us and sitting in solitude. Doesn't come when we call him. His mother died last week of rabies. So is this higj time we give him rabies shots?Would it work?

Answer:The vaccine only prevents Rabies, it doesn't treat the disease, so it wouldn't help him if he already has the virus. You should alert your local animal control officials.

Date: May 20, 2017
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My Dog Licked Me-- am I at Risk?

Question:Yesterday, my dog got a slew of vaccinations (all follow-ups, he gets all of his necessary vaccinations every year), one of which was the rabies vaccination. When playing with him yesterday, he accidentally licked my face, near my lip. Is there any risk that I could end up getting rabies from my dog since he was just given the vaccination?

Answer:No, there is no risk of that (or many people would have Rabies, myself included).

Date: May 18, 2017
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bloody diarrhea and vomiting

Question: 30 hours after shot he began having bloody diarrhea and vomiting... Vet is currently closed and I'm afraid... He's 15 week old Great Dane puppy...46 lbs, just had a clear fecal test and the rabies shot yesterday...

Answer:15 weeks is an age that is still really susceptible to parvo virus even though he may be up-to-date on his shots - for that reason (and because it's pretty easy to treat a reaction to vaccines) I would have someone check him out tonight.

Date: May 16, 2017
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Reaction to vaccine

Question:Hi, My 6 yrs old boxer got his rabies vaccine today. Since then his eye and jowls has swelled alittle and has a red rash on his chest. I gave some Benadryl and it helped some. What should i do?

Answer:That is an allergic reaction to the vaccines. It is ideal to take him to an emergency clinic but if he is responding to the Benadryl, it may not be necessary. Be sure that you gave him 1mg per pound, so if he is a 75 pound Boxer, he needs 75mg (that is 3 adult Benadryl given orally at one time). It's ok to err on the side of higher for an anaphylactic reaction like this: like if he is only 65 pounds, go ahead and give him 75 mg. Most of the time the vaccine company will pay for the allergic reaction so if he isn't really responding or kind of partially responding, go ahead and get him checked out. (This certainly isnt always true, just usually) Also call whoever gave him the vaccine(s) so they can note it in his record and make a plan for him next year - like to split his vaccines and/or be on an every 3 year schedule for most of his vaccines.

Date: Feb 12, 2017
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: reactions to rabies shots

Question:My 14 yo male pom had his rabies shot on Friday. Last night his hind legs stopped working. He is shaking all the time, has lost bladder control and is not eating or drinking. Is he dying? I live in a rural area far from the vet. I can't stop crying. Please help!

Answer:I am so sorry to hear of your dogs clearly neurologic reaction to a rabies vaccination, which is well documented in the literature www.rabieschallengefund.org, even though most of my veterinary colleagues do not acknowledge this. This neuropathy may slowly get better without treatment, however best to have local vet evaluate and possibly give cortisone treatment for reduction of spinal inflammation. If you have health food store near you, you can try a few doses of the homeopathic remedy Nux Vomica in 30C potency, and give 2 pellets by mouth repeated every 4 hours for a maximum of 3 doses until some sort of response. Try not to touch pellets and simply pour pellets into cap and then down his mouth apart from food or water by at least 30 minutes. Only give maximum of a few doses. If no improvement stop. you could also try working with a homeopathic vet by phone on more individual treatment. To learn more see www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations, if a local vet is not available for you.

Date: Feb 9, 2017
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Got first rabies today

Question:17 week Old pug girl got several shots today. One shot she's never received is the rabies. Her face is red or stomach is read her lower legs and lower pause in the front are all red is this due to an allergic reaction?

Answer:Many things are allergenic (bee stings, etc) but I think you can safely say, "Probably" - or some immunologist argue that it is more the combination of many vaccines on the same day for hypersensitive patients. If she only had redness as a symptom and it is gone today with no treatment, that's only considered a mild/moderate reaction but you definitely want to call your veterinarian and tell them to put it in her record. We also like to keep track of things like this because they may have changed vaccine companies recently and certain vaccines are more reactive than others. Then next year I would have them spread her vaccines out by at least 2 weeks each and I would give her diphenhydramine (Benadryl) at 1mg/pound of body weight orally at least an hour before the vaccine.

Date: Aug 23, 2016
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Heavy Salivation , Fear , Significant Weakness Day By Day.

Question:Hi .. my Dog Is Suffering From Continues Salivation , Weakness , Not Able To Sollow Any Thing Food Or Liq. , He Is Dipping His Head In Water Max Time , Fully Redness Occcur In Mouth , I Think He Is Suffering From Rabies , he Is Not Vaccinated For Rabbies. can U Please Suggest Me Line Of Treatment For Him To Save His Life.

Answer:I Doubt It Is Rabies. Needs Full Veterinary Workup

Date: Aug 20, 2016
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Meds & Vaccines

Question:My Dog Is 12 Years Old And Is Taking The Following Meds For His Heart: spironalactone 25mg enalapril 5mg furosemide 20mg vetmedin 5 Mg he Is Do For Rabies, 3yr Da2 Pi Pv Boe, And Boe Duramune Ultra L-4 Vaccination. is There A Danger Considering His Age, And Meds To Getting His Shots? please Advise, thank You, maria

Answer:I Would Not Get Him All Of These Vaccinations Given His Chronic Disease. Skip The Duramune, Dapp, Etc As He Is Not At Risk For These Diseases At His Age. You Can Ask Around If Someone Will Write Rabies Exemption Www.rabieschallengefund.org

Date: Aug 2, 2016
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Reaction To Vaccines

Question:Hi Doctor my Six Year Old Boxer Had His 3 Yr Rabies Shot Last Monday. He Is 62 Lbs And The Blood Work Came Back Good Very Slight White Cell Count Elevation And He Is On A Thyroid Temporarily Med And Anti Biotic But He Isn't Eating Sneezing Constantly Not As Energetic. I Am Taking Him Back To The Vet For X-rays Just To Make Sure Anything Else Isn't Happening But I Know Every Dog Is Different But Is There A Treatment That Is Advisable. Thanks Much

Answer:Treatment Will Be Based On Vet Recheck And Evaluation. Sadly, Many Pets Do Suffer From Chronic Low Level Vaccinosis, And Depending On What Vet May Find And Tell You, If Vague Symptoms Persist, It May Be Best To Consult With A More Holistic Veterinarian Who Is Trained At Treating Chronic Vaccinosis

Date: Jun 23, 2016
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies Vaccine

Question:I Just Got My Third Fur Baby (shorkie). She Had + Stool And Is Being Treated With Panacur And Flagyl. My Westie (11 Y/o) And Yorkie (5 Y/o) Are Also Being Treated Prophylactically. Can My Westie And Yorkie Get The Rabies Shot While On These Meds ? thank You.

Answer:I Would Prefer You To Finish The Wormings, And Then Get The Shots 2 To 3 Weeks After Done For Less Stress On Their Delicate Immune Systems

Date: Apr 4, 2016
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lepto Vaccine Made Puppy Sick

Question:My Vet Insisted On Vaccinating My Puppy With Lepto. A Few Days Later He Started Sneezing And Vomiting On And Off. She Didn't Tell Me The Common Side Effects Or What To Do If He Came Up With Something. I Am Now Worried About Visiting The Vet Again Because I Have Now Lost Their Trust And Think They Just Want My Money. My Puppy Didn't Need The Vaccine And I Now Have Read That This Could Possibly Lead To Death. What Are Some Things I Should Say No To If They Insist On Other Things. Like Keeping Him Over Night Or Doing Bloodwork? I Have Also Read That The Bloodwork Doesn't Work On Lepto.

Answer:Blood Work Is Helpful If Puppy Very Sick Liver/kidney Values, Etc. Iv Fluids May Be Needed If Puppy Is Dehydrated As Well As Injectable Antibiotics. I Would Wait Until Your Puppy Is 16 Weeks Of Age And Get One Modified Live Parvo/distemper Vaccination, Which Will Give Him Years To Life Time Immunity. Stay Away From Lepto, Lyme, Bordatella Vaccinations. Rabies Should Be Given Separately 3 To 4 Weeks After Other Shot. Learn More About Chronic Vaccinosis On My Website Www.doctordym.com And Www.drpitcairn.com

Date: Mar 8, 2016
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog First Vet Visit

Question:How Do I Get My Adopted 4 Year Dog A License Without Any Vet History?

Answer:Most Places Do Not Allow Dog License Without Vet Exam And Rabies Vaccination.

Date: Feb 18, 2016
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: House Trained Dog Frequent Urination In House

Question:My 4.5 Month Old Border Collie Had Her Ranies Vaccine Yesterday & Today She Has Been Frequently Urinating Uncontrollably. She Is Not Squatting Deliberately But Comes Out When She Walks. could This Be Related To The Vaccine?

Answer:Yes Indeed. As A Holistic Vet, Any Type Of Reaction Including Neurological Issues Can Occur Post Rabies Vaccination. See The Article On Www.rabieschallengefund.org For More Information On This. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Vet For Recheck And Have Urine Analysis

Date: Feb 6, 2016
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Reaction To Ship Vaccines

Question:I Took My 12 Yr Old Dog In Today For 3year Dhpp And 3 Year Rabies Vaccinations. The Is Pretty Healthy And There Has As Never Been Any Issues In The Past, But 2-1/2 Hours Later, He Is Shaking And He's Breathing A Little Faster Than Normal. I Don't See Any Rash Or Skin Irritation. He Doesn't Feel Well And Wants To Be Alone. Can He Be Having An Allergic Reaction?

Answer:An Allergic Reaction Is Possible. You Need To Take Her To Vet Asap, As There Can Be Cornic Effects Of Vaccinations On Immune System. I Would Never Get Any Further Distemper/parvo Vaccinations In A Pet This Age, As Immunity Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet. Shame On Vets Who Still Vaccinate Dogs At This Age For These Diseases.

Date: Jan 6, 2016
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Separation Anxiety

Question:My Dog Is Scared Of All Noise In The House. She Was Home When The Inside Alarm Went Off And Since Then She Is Scared To Be Left Alone. She Has Tried To Open Doors In The Process Damaging Door Frames And Door Handles. She Has Escaped From The Back Yard Many Times. She Shakes And Keeps Close To Me When I Am Home. I Have Tried Natural Remedies And Now Is On Clomicalm. I Walk Her Every Day And No Results. The Vet Just Uped Her Dose To 80 Mg. How Long To See Any Difference In Her. She Wieghs 48lb And 9 Yrs Old. Help, I Can't Leave Her Inside Or Out By Herself.

Answer:Sometimes It Can Take Up To 6 Weeks For Medicines To Work At A Proper Dose. I Would Ask Your Vet For Other Short Term Anxiety Support While You Wait On The Clomicalm. Some Pets Also Need A Different Drug Such As Prozac Or Reconcile Which Is An Alternative If Clomicalm Does Not Help. Also Low Dose Trazadone Or Xanax Can Be Helpful For Short Term Anxiety Relief. I Have Also Seen These Type Of Anxiety/escape Behaviors Come Up Within A Few Months Of Rabies Vaccination. If That Is The Case, Then You May Want To Work With A Veterinarian Trained In Homeopathy Like Myself, Who Might Offer Different Approach Here.


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