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Question:Hello. I Have A 3 Month English Bulldog Who Just Had His Vaccines 3 Days Ago. Today He Has Not Ate, He Looks Extremely Sad, He Does Not Respond Us, His Body Is Warm And Overall Doesn't Want Anything. What Can It Be? Should I Be This Concerned?
Answer:I Would Return To Vet For Recheck As Sounds Like Vaccination Reaction To Me
Question:My 4 Month Old Kitten Has Just Been Diagnosed With Felv. I Have A 6 Year Old Cat At Home Who Has Just Had The Felv Vaccine. What Are The Chances He Will Get The Virus?
Answer:Great Question But The Actual Research Done By The Feline Leukemia Vaccine Companies Many Years Ago, Actually Showed That It Was Very Hard To Transmit Felv Virus To Cats Older Than One Year Of Age Who Are Negative, Regardless Of Feleuk Vaccination Status. I Would Not Overvaccinate The Older Cat Every Year For Feleuk, As There Can Be Other Complications From Doing This Yearly Long Term.
Question:Hello. I Have A Spayed Female Staffordshire (lacy) Who Just Turned 10 In August. She Was A Normal, Healthy Dog With A History Of Hip Problems Since Around 3 (it Didn't Really Slow Her Down Though). She Had A Surgery March 2016 (dental Cleaning, Lump Removal From Lip And Vaccinations Right Before Surgery). She Seemed Fine For The First Week After Surgery. Once Medications Were Finished, She Started To Have Balance Difficulty. She Was Tilting Her Head To The Right And Leaning To The Left. This Continued To Progress. We Saw A Vet And She Was Treated For Possible Ear Infection With Ear Drops And A Antibiotics. Her Symptoms Continued To Progress. She Had Difficulty Walking And Would Fall A Lot (to The Left). Eventually She Couldn't Do Steps. We Saw A Second Vet For Another Opinion. He Saw Fluid In Her Right Ear. The Fluid Was Tested But Results Were Negative. Tried Pred/antibiotic And Her Symptoms Temporarily Improved. She Has Had Times Where She Seemed To Improve But Would Then Decline. She Continued To Get Worse After July 2016 After Running Around Barking At Fireworks. No Diagnosis Still. Blood Work Was Ok, Liver Enzymes Slightly Elevated. She Has Nystagmus, Horner's, Some Difficulty Eating/drinking (food Falling Out Left Side Of Mouth), Leans To Left, Etc. Continued On Different Types Of Antibiotics With Minimal Change. Saw Neurologist Who Said It Seems To Be Cns With Brain Stem Affected. She Seems To Have Left Side Weakness With Decreased Proprioception Now. They Wanted To Do A Mri But I Can't Afford $2,000 For It. The Neurologist Gave Her A Higher Dose Of Pred (20 Mg Vs The 5 That She Had Been Weaned To) And More Antibiotics Which That Seemed To Help Her Symptoms For A Little Bit. She Continued On The Pred After Antibiotics Ended But Slowly Declined. Now She Doesn't Really Walk And Needs To Be Carried Outside. She Leans Heavily To The Left But No Longer Has A Head Tilt. Her Left Front/back Leg Seems Weaker And Buckles When I Help Her Stand. She Seems Depressed At Times. She Still Eats And Drinks. Her Stool Is Normal, No Diarrhea Ever. I Have Not Seen Any Real Cognitive Changes Or Seizures. It Has Been 6-7 Months Since Her Syndromes First Started. The Vet Can't Figure It Out And The Neurologist Wasn't Much Help. I Would Love More Opinions If There Is Anything Left To Try Or Any Possible Idea Of What Is Going On With Her. She Was Totally Fine Before She Had That Surgery/vaccinations.
Answer:The Last Sentence Provides The Key To Me, Because As Both An Experienced Ivy League Trained 25 Year Experienced Traditional Veterinarian And A Holistic Veterinarian, It Does Sound Like The Vaccines/dental/lump Removal Within That Short Period Triggered The Neurological Decline. We Call This In Holistic Veterinary Medicine Vaccinosis, Which While Well Documented, Is Not Recognized By Most Traditional Vets And Even Neurologists, As They Are Not Trained In Chronic Vaccination Reactions. I Would Try And Consult With A Homeopathic And/or Holistic Veterinarian To Try And Address This As Other Than The Merrygoround Of Steroids And Antibiotics, Neurology Has Nothing To Offer In Vet Medicine Unless You Wanted The Mri And Would Consider Expensive Surgery After That If It Is Applicable. To Learn More About Constitutional Homeopathy, Which Is Not A Quick Fix And Does Require Time, Patience And Followup, See The Booklet On The Website Www.beyondflatearth.com As Well As The Websites Www.drpitcairn.com And Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations If None In Your Area
Question:Good Day. I Want To Find Out If You Can Help Me With My Question. Yesterday I Woke Up And My 10 Week Old Toy Pom Didnt Look To Well. He Was Vaccinated By The Breeder But She Told Me She Did It Herself. I Took Him To The Vet Because He Had Worms In His Stool And It Was Watery And He Was Throughing Up. They Did A Test And Said It Is Parvo Virus. They Came Me Clopamon, Flagyl Prolyte,Ulsanic And Protexin And Hills A/c. Will This Help My Puppy To Get Better?
Answer:This Treatment May Help Puppy Get Better. But The Thing Your Vet Should Have Told You, Is That There Can Be False Positive Stool Parvo Virus Tests In A Pet Recently Vaccinated With A Modified Live Viral Vaccination Within A Week Prior. I Also Would Ask Your Vet About A Cbc, As Most Dogs With Severe Parvo Also Have Very Low White Blood Cell And Neutrophil Count. Sounds Like Good Supportive Therapy, Although Some Pets Need To Be In Hospital On Iv Fluids, Etc
Question:Hello, I Rescued An Abandoned Kitten When She Was About 10 Days Old.. She's Now 4 Months And Is The Most Amazing, Playful Dog Like Kitten! Last Sunday We Took Her To Get Her First Shots, Not Huge Fans But We Do Have Another Rescue That Spends As Munch Time Outside As She Does Inside... The Kitten Got A 3 In 1 As Well As Feline Leukemia And A Dewormer.. The First 2 Days She Wasnt Herself, Favored Her Back Leg A Bit And Slept Alot.. We Are Now Going On Day 7 And She Seems To Be Limping On Her Front Leg Now, Hunching Her Back A Bit, Whines When Picked Up, Still Sleeping A Lot.. Is This Normal? Could It Be The Vaccines Or Something Totally Unrelated? She's Still Eating And Drinking And Going To The Bathroom So I'm Not Too Sure What It All Means.. Thanks In Advance!
Answer:In My Experience And Opinion As Both An Ivy League Trained Traditional Veterinarian, As Well A Veterinarian Who Has Also Embraced Holistic Veterinary Medicine, I Do Think The Combination Vaccinations And Wormer Are Involved Here. Unfortunately, Most Traditional Veterinarians Are Not Trained In Or Aware Of The Potential For Chronic Immune Reactions To Vaccinations, Which We Call Vaccinosis In Holistic Medicine. In Future, You Want To Separate Out Different Vaccinations And Wormers On Different Days By At Least A Week Or Two, To Try And Minimize Reactions. In This Case, The Combination Vaccination, Leukemia Vaccination And Wormer Were Probably All Involved Due To The Combination Stress On His Immune System. If Her Symptoms Of Chronic Disease Continue, Then You May Want To Consider Consulting With A Veterinary Homeopath, Who Is Best Trained At Treating These Type Of Potential Chronic Immune Reactions. To Learn More About Homeopathy, See The Booklet On The Website Www.beyondflatearth.com As Well As The Information On The Site Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations As Well. Homeopathy Is Not A Quick Fix, But Is Best System Of Medicine, In My Opinion At To Address These Chronic Vaccinosis Effects. Also Pick Up Copy Of The Book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier, Which Is A Wonderful Review Of More Natural Health Care For Cats
Question:Dexter Is 6 Yrs Old, Had His 3 Year Rabies Vaccine Yesterday And Seemed Fine. Today He Is Out Of Sorts, Lethargic, It's 4pm And He Hasn't Wanted To Drink Any Water, Just Half Of A Baby Carrot And Peed Only Once Early Morning. He Will Walk To Me After I Try To Coax Him For A Few Minutes But It's As If He Didn't Want To Walk, He Sort Of Just Goes Slowly. He Doesn't Have A Fever As His Nose Is Moist. I'm Not Sure What Part Of Body Vaccine Was Administered, But He Whimpered Once When I Sat By Him And I Didn't Touch Him. I'm Worried But Have No Income To Take Him To Hospital
Answer:So Sorry To Hear Of Your Plight. I Would Call Back The Veterinarian Who Administered The Rabies Vaccination And See If It Is Ok If You Can Give Him A Dose Of Buffered Aspirin(that Dose Would Be Determined By His Weight), As I Cant Recommend That Officially As I Dont Know His Medical Background, History, Etc. You Can Also Go To A Health Food Store Or Whole Foods To Get A Homeopathic Remedy Called Sulphur In 30c Potency. I Would Administer 2 Pellets Of That Homeopathic Remedy One Time Only. Do Not Repeat The Dose. . Pour The Pellets Into The Cap And Pour Down His Mouth All At Once On Empty Stomach, Not With Food Or Water By At Least 30 Minutes. This Will Help Hopefully Detoxify His Body From The Vaccination. If The Problems Persist, Then You May Want To Consider Constitutional Homeopathy To Help With Any Chronic Vaccination Reactions Known As Vaccinosis. To Learn More About Homeopathy See Www.drpitcairn.com As Well As Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations, But Im Not Sure That Will Be In Your Price Range At This Time
Question:My 1yr Old Boxer Was Vaccinated About 5 Days Ago, When She Was Given The Rabies Shot, She Moved, The Needle Hung Inside Of Her Skin Until It Fell Off, The Vet Just Shrugged It Off And Got Another Shot And Gave It To Her. Well, Now My Dog Can Bearly Walk, And Can't Even Make It Off The Floor To Jump On To The Couch Anymore. Do You Think This Missfire Of A Shot Could Be The Cause Of This? Is This A Natural Reaction? When I Called The Same Vet Care Clinic, They Simply Told Me The Vaccination Should Have No Effect On Her At All. But, I Am More Than Welcome To Bring My Dog Back, So They Can Take A Look At Her. To Me That Sounds Like If They Are Just Trying To Make Money.... I Read Online That There Could Be Some Minor To Sever Issues After Vaccines, Should I Worry About This? Or Just Let It Take Its Course And Everything Will Be Ok?
Answer:I Dont Think The "missfire" Is Why She Is So Sore And Lame. Acute And Chronic Rabies Vaccination Reactions Are Much More Common Than Veterinarians Are Aware Of Or Tell You. To Learn More About This See The Education Articles On The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org Sadly Most Vets Are Not Trained On How To Appreciate Or Recognize Acute Or Chronic Reactions To Rabies Vaccinations. I Would Take Dog Back In For Recheck. If Any Chronic Physical, Mental Or Emotional Changes Develop, You May Want To Explore Consulting With A Homeopathic Vet, Who Is More Familiar With What Is Called Rabies Vaccinosis And Can Offer More Individualized Care To Treat. See Www.doctordym.com To Learn More. Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations
Question:My Puppy Got His Shots And He Having Pain I Can Not Touch Him Because He Starts To Cry What Can I Do? He Got Distemper Vaccine -parvo Vaccine Bordetella Vaccine - And The Rabies Shot Today.
Answer:It Really Pains Me To See Veterinarians Continuing To Overvaccinate Dogs Like This With Multiple Components At The Same Time. Sad That They Get No Training On The Dangers Of This Both In The Short And Long Term In Their Veterinary School Educations. I Would See Vet For Recheck If Signs Persist Or Worsen, As Anti Inflammatory Pain Meds, Etc May Be Needed. Also Please Know That Immunity To Core Viruses Parvo And Distemper Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet So That Repetitive Vaccinations Year After Year Are Not Needed. Also In Future Skip The Noncore Bordatella Vaccination Which Is Not Necessary Anyway. To Learn More On All Of This See The Education Articles On The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org
Question:We Took My Dog In Saturday Evening, About 4:30pm For Her Year Old Shots. She Got The Rabies, Dhpp, And Lepto. She Never Has Accidents In The House And We Came Home Sunday Afternoon To Diarheea In The House. I Also Woke Up To It This Morning. Is This Normal And Should I Change Her Diet Temporarily? She Is A Gsd.
Answer:Another Sad Example Of Situation I Hear About From Across The Country, Where In My Opinion, A Pet Is Way Overvaccinated Likely With Components She Really Doesnt Even Needed. In Spite Of The Research From 1978 From Veterinary Immunologist Expert Ron Schultz, Phd, Most Veterinarians Remain Ignorant Regarding The Acute And Chronic Dangers Of Overvaccination In Pets. Immunity To Core Viruses Parvo/distemper, Etc Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet, So Innoculating Pets After Initial Or First Yearly Boosters Is Not Needed In Most Cases And Can Cause Acute And/or Chronic Disease. Learn More By Seeing The Education Articles On The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org As For Lepto, In My 25 Year Experience And Opinion This Vaccination Is Useless, Not Needed And Can Cause Chronic Disease, Even The Newer Versions. See The Book Mark Of The Beast, By My Veterinary Colleague And Friend Patricia Jordan Dvm To Learn More. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Vet For Recheck, However In Future Try And Avoid All Un Necessary Repeated Vaccinations
Question:My Cat Had His Annual Shots And Is Very Soar Today, Can I Giv E Him Ibuprofen?
Answer:No Ibuprofen. That Can Kill Cats. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Your Vet. In Future. Stop Vaccinating This Cat, As Most Core Viral Vaccination Lasts For Years To Life Of Pet In Terms Of Immunity And Shots Yearly Or Every 3 Years Are Not Necessary. Also Consider Working With A Veterinary Homeopath, If Your Pet Develops Chronic Symptoms Of "vaccinosis" Long Term. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations
Question:Golden/husky Mix - Had His Rabbis Vaccine Around 2pm This Afternoon - Has Vomited 4 Times In The Last Hour (8-9pm) - Is This Normal Or Should I Take Him To An Emergency Vet?
Answer:I Would Take Him To Emergency Vet If Signs Persist Or Worsen. In Future Look To Get Him Medically Exempt From Rabies Vaccination In Your State Www.rabieschallengefund.org Also Consider Working With A Homeopathic Vet To Properly Detoxify From Shot Reaction Long Term. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations
Question:My 13 Wk Old Scotties Terrier Just Had His 3 Rd Dhlpp And Vet Gave Boratella Shot With He Got Ill Throwed Up 7 Times Had To Be Rushed Back To Vet Gave Benadryl And Iv Should He Get 4 Th Booster I Know Some Vets Only Require 3
Answer:If His Were My Dog, I Would Not Get Any Further Dhpp Boosters. As An Alternative, Wait Until He Gets To Be 16 Weeks Old And Then Measure A Vaccination Titer To Parvo/distemper At Your Vet, Which Will Most Likely Tell You That He Is Protected And No Further Vaccinations Would Be Indicated Or Needed. I Worry About The Long Term Effects Of Vaccines On A Sensitive Immune System. I Would Certainly Not Get The Bordatella. In My Opinion, An Ineffective And Non Necessary Vaccination
Question:I Have A 15 Month Old Mutt. We Believe She Has Some Australian Herd Dog In Her, Miniature Pincher, Rat Terrier. She Currently Is About 4 Pounds Overweight. She Is Very Active, Happy, And (we Thought) Healthy. She Had Her Very First Grand Maul Seizure 36 Hours After Having Her Rabies Shot-- And Since Has Two More Within A Four Week Period. Her Seizures Occur Between 4:10 And 5:40 Am And Last Between 20 And 60 Seconds. She Is Always Sleeping When They Occur. (convulsions Defecation Urinating Foaming The Whole 9 Yards). I Have Heard Different Stories In Regards To Seizures Within 48 Hours After Receiving The Rabies Vaccine---could These Seizures Be From Receiving The Vaccine And Her Immune Response?
Answer:Absolutely These Seizures May Be Due To Rabies Vaccination. See The Excellent Educational Article On The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org Which Lists The Plethora Of Acute And/or Chronic Reactions Post Rabies Vaccination That Have Been Documented, As Well As Other Vaccinations. Ron Schultz, Phd Is One Of The Leading Veterinary Immunologists And Talks Of This All Of The Time. Sadly Vets Are Not Trained And/or Are Ignorant In This. Your Pet Should Be Under Medical Care; I.e Either With Traditional Anticonvulsant Medications, Or You May Want To Consult A Veterinary Homeopath, Who Can Treat These Differently And Is More Trained In Post Rabies Shot Seizures, And May Be Able To Help More Naturally, But That Will Take Time, Patience, And Commitment And Long Term Followup And Not Easy. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations
Question:What Is The Affect Of The Duramune Max5 When Mistakenly Injected Into A Cat? This Happened To My Friends 5 Month Old Kitten. A Week Later The Kitty Had A Seizure. The Vet Found That The Kitty Had A105 Degree Temp. Gave The Kitty Fluids And Put On Clavamox. Thinks The Kitty Has A Cold Because All Blood Work Came Back Normal. Kitty Is Still At Vet After A Week Now, Getting Fluids Twice A Day, Being Force Fed, Ears Have A Slight Yellow Appearance And Still Getting Clavamox. My Friend Is Going Crazy With Worry. Even The Vet Today Seemed A Little Unsure As We Were Asking Questions But Assured Us The Canine Injection Is Not The Problem. Thoughts??
Answer:Unknown Long Term Results Of Inappropriate Injection Of Combination Viral Vaccination In Wrong Species. Even In Dogs, I Am Not A Fan Of 5 Or 7 In One Vaccinations, As The More Viral Components In A Vaccination, The More Acute And/or Chronic Reactions I Have Seen. Most Of Time, Even In Species Appropriate Vaccinations, I Dont Recommend More Than A Few Viruses In One Vaccination. I Would Try And Consult With A Homeopathic Veterinarian On This One, As They Are Better Trained To Treat This Type Of Reaction Than Our Traditional Training Taught Us In Veterinary School. Clavamox Has No Role In Treating Vaccination Reactions, Unless There Is Secondary Bacterial Infection. See Www.drpitcairn.com For List Of Homeopathic Vets And To Learn More, As Well As Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Offer Phone Consultations
Question:I Have A 15 Yr 3 Month Old Neutered Male Dog. Poodle, Carin Terrier, Corgi, Rat Terrier Mix. We Were Just At The Vet For His Rabies Vaccine 4 Weeks Ago And He Had A Checkup. He Is Currently Taking Enalapril (1-5mg Am 1/2 5 Mg Pm) And Furosemide (1/2-12.5 Mg Every Other Day). He Weighed 16 Lbs On August 6th At The Vet. Within The Past Two Weeks He Has Lost His Appetite For His Dog Food. He Will Eat Treats Though. He Has Lost A Considerable Amount Of Weight In The Last Few Weeks. He Is Still Drinking Water And Going To The Bathroom. In March He Had A Sweat Gland Carcinoma Removed And Was Doing Very Well Till The Last Few Weeks. I've Tried Adding In Wet Food And Even Ground Turkey In With The Dry Food. Do You Have Any Advice On How To Improve His Appetite? I Understand He Is Extremely Old However I Want His Quality Of Life To Improve. I Did Start Giving Him Duralactin For Inflammation Upon The Dr's Suggestion. After About A Week On It He Seemed To Have An Upset Stomach So I Discontinued It And Put Him Back On His Glucosamine. Any Suggestions As To What I Should Do?
Answer:So Sad That This 15 Year Old Chronically Ill Dog Got A Rabies Vaccination As A Pet Like This With Chronic Disease And This Age, Should Be Medically Exempt From Rabies Vaccination, In My Opinion, Due To The Potential Health Risks In This Patient And/or If Your State Allows Medical Exemptions. See Www.rabieschallengefund.org To Learn More. Also A Pet On These Drugs With These Symptoms Should Have Recheck And Blood Work To Make Sure No Complicating Kidney Problems From These Drugs And/or His Heart Condition, However Rabies Should Could Be Involved As Well, Especially If He Was Fine Before That