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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.
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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: 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.

Date: Dec 29, 2015
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies

Question:The Other Day, My Dog Was Nipped By A Stray Dog. After Examining My Dog, I Noticed That I Had A Tiny Cut On My Finger, It Wasn't Bleeding And It Was Probably Only A Millimeter Wide. I'm Not Even Sure If The Cut Had Touched My Dog Or Not. However, It Was Over Half An Hour Car Ride Home Before I Touched My Dog And The Saliva From The Stray Dog Should Have Dried By Then. My Dog Was Not Wet When I Examined Her And I Heard That Rabies Is No Longer Infections When Saliva Is Dry. But Am I Still At Risk For Rabies?

Answer:I Doubt You Are At Risk For Rabies, As There Has Been No Dog Rabies In This Country For Years

Date: Dec 26, 2015
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Bite

Question:My Dog Was Bitten By A Stray Dog. There Is A Little Bruising But No Visible Puncture And No Blood. My Dog Is Also Up To Date With Her Rabies Vaccine. Should I Worry?

Answer:Best To See Vet For Exam And/or Evaluation To See If Antibiotics Ar Needed

Date: Dec 8, 2015
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diagnosing A Lethal Condition

Question:Recently, I Have Had To Have My 9 Year Old Whippet Put To Sleep Due To A Very Rare And Degenerative Condition. The Veterinarian Stated It Was A Certain Condition (about Three Words Long) But I Can't Recall What It Was Called. He Stated It Was Very Rare, He Had Seen Only 1 Case In 10 Years. I Was Hoping If I Explain The Condition You May Be Able To Relate To Which Condition It Is And I Can Research It Further. I Have Already Conducted Internet Searches But Cannot Conclude Whether The Conditions I Have Found Are This Particular Case Or Not. my Whippet Was A Very Healthy And Active 9 Year Old That A Few Weeks Ago Developed A Slight Limp (like She Was Baring More Weight On Her Other Limb) This Appeared Firstly In The Forelimb Then Secondly In The Rare Leg. After Taking Her For Vaccinations I Discussed With The Vet This Finding And He Stated She Was Overall A Very Healthy Dog And Just Had Some Tension In Her Neck That May Be A Suppressed Nerve And To Carry Out A Few Electrolysis Sessions To Relieve The Tension. however, In The Days That Followed Before The Treatment Even Began She Went Severely Down Hill. She Would Go To Walk Forward And Fall Head First On The Floor Unable To Stand With Her Legs Not Responding. After A Quick Return To The Vet Some Physical Tests Were Carried Out Such As Pinching Around The Leg Muscle With No Reaction And When The Leg Was Lifted Up It Hung Down As If Broken (there Was No Tension Or Resistance To The Movement). now In The Vets The Following Days Became Worse With All Limbs Becoming The Same, Shortly After She Was Put To Sleep Unable To Walk And With No Muscle Movement. He Stated Her Immune System Was Shutting Down (along Those Lines) And That There Was No Treatment Available Because It Was Such A Rare Case And No Reason Why It Was Developed. i've Researched Some Conditions But Have Come Across These Being Relatively Treatable And Also Degenerative Over A Longer Period Of Time, This Case Was In The Space Of No More Than 2 Weeks. It Was Said To Be 'a Very Interesting Case' Due To Its Rarity. Would You Be Able To Diagnose This Illness? It May Have Been Said To Be Some Kind Of Virus? I'm A Little Unsure But Would Really Like To Be Able To Know Fully The Condition As This Was Such A Fast Deterioration It Has Been A Very Big Shock. thank You For Your Help, kind Regards, abigail Evans

Answer:Hi Abigail. As Both An Cornell And Penn Ivy League Trained Traditional Veterinarian, With 24 Years Experience In Traditional Veterinary Practice, And A Holistic Veterinarian As Well, It Sounds Like To Me That Your Pet Had A Mild Neurologic Condition Of The Spinal Cord I.e Most Likely Disc Disease, That Was Most Likely Severely Triggered To Go Down Hill By Any Vaccinations Given To A Pet With Even Mild Abnormal Physical Exam Findings, Especially At This Age. Most Traditional Veterinarians Know Nothing To Little About The Potential For Vaccinations To Trigger Chronic Disease In Pets, As They Receive Little Training On This, As Well As Vets Way Overvaccinate Pets, Especially Sensitive Sight Hounds At This Age For Core Viruses Like Parvo/distemper, Whose Immunity Lasts For Years To The Life Of The Pet, After Only Puppyhood Shots, According To Immunologist And Veterinary Expert Ron Schultz, Phd, Whom You Can Read About On Line. Also, Although Rabies Is Still Unfortunately Required By Law Every 3 Years In Most States, Hopefully That Law Will Be Changing Soon. See The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org. Rabies Vaccination Is One Of Most Damaging Vaccinations To The Immune And Nervous System In My Experience And Practice. I Think Your Pet Died Of A Progressive Autoimmune Disease Of The Nervous System, Which Has Been Documented To Occur In Recently Vaccinated Dogs With Rabies And/or Other Polyvalent Vaccinations. I Dont Think This Was Some Rare Type Of Disorder. Just My Thoughts. To Learn More, See The Links On My Website Www.doctordym.com Sorry For Your Loss.

Date: Nov 12, 2014
Category: Rabies
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Shots And Dewormer For New Mother Dog

Question:How Soon After Delivering Can A Dog Have Rabies Shot And Dewormer

Answer:I Would Wait Until The Puppies Are Weaned At 4 To 6 Weeks. Dont Vaccinate A Nursing Mother.


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