Vaccinations today have me worried after reviewing owner opinions on this forum
This morning I brought in my 14 week old GSD Sascha for her third round of shots. I didn't do any research about bundling shots before I left as I was under the impression that the visit would only include an exam and the distemper shot. While I was there, the vet recommended distemper, Lyme, rabies, and lepto. Three weeks ago, she received three antigens (distemper, bordetella, and another one that I can't remember (maybe lepto?)) and was back to running around by 4 PM so I didn't feel as though four antigens would cause any more symptoms than the discomfort she experienced before. Not having any means to perform research on the spot and trusting their judgement, I agreed. Once I got home, I decided to check what other people typically administered at this time. It seems as though it is a general rule to never give rabies and distemper on the same day. She is a little sore at the moment but no more so than after the second set of shots and was enthusiastic about lunch. My question is what are the risks of administering all of these vaccines at once? Are there any symptoms besides hives, a swollen face, bright red ears, and vomiting that would warrant a trip back to the vet? How many hours or days into the future could an adverse reaction to the vaccines present itself? Are there any long term health risks?
I clearly see now that I am going to have to take a much more proactive role in Sascha's healthcare but I am still left wondering why the vet would bundle so many vaccines at once if there were health risks. Surely, even from a business standpoint, the $90 they made off me isn't worth the bad press someone could spread if their dog had complications and needed urgent care or died especially when the shots could have been split into two different visits.
Generally speaking, unless they have the separate vaccines for each disease (some companies have single product vaccines), they have a combo vaccine for the basics (Distemper, Parvo, Adenovirus, Influenza, Herpes with or without either Corona or Lepto). The lepto is given separately at times, and needs to be boosted yearly because it is a bacteria that has been deactivated, which tends to cause a less "dramatic" response in the immune system against it. Rabies is similar. The virus is so deadly that they give it in a killed variety so that the chances of it becoming a live virus (which the majority of your basic vaccines are modified live vaccines) are very rare. The body will not generally have a strong reaction to a dead bacteria, so they have to add in an adjuvent in order to get the body to respond and recognize the bacteria or virus as a bad foreign object. Lymes is caused by a bacteria, so it is also going to come generally in a killed form.
Each animal is a different creature. Some will have the ability to handle multiple pathogens at once (because let's be honest everyone, your body technically HAS to deal with multiple pathogens on a daily basis) and others may have an immune system that cannot handle it or get a more drastic response to it (allergic reactions). Vaccines have to go through testing just like anything else, so they have tested the multiple combinations and seen what kind of response they generally give at once. All vaccines are uniform in the dose size, so you have to look at your lifestyle and individual dog in order to decide what is best for it.
My dogs have always gotten multiple shots at once and I have not seen an allergic reaction in them. I work in vet clinics, so I -have- seen many different types of reactions to vaccines, but they are actually vastly less than they were a few years ago! The main reason for this is because they have been changing up the adjuvents used in the vaccines to make them safer, and get less of an overreaction by the body.
It is common for dogs to feel a little icky after getting vaccines because their bodies are responding to the foreign pathogen as it is supposed to. They generally are a little lethargic, possibly sore at the injection site and they could potentially have a low grade fever. It typically last just 24 hrs, but the soreness could be something that lasts a bit longer. Ever had a tetanus vaccine? I swear it took 3 days the last time for my muscle to stop aching like it was, and man did it ever hurt! So a mild "reaction" would always be expected.
A true anaphylactic reaction in a dog will have them vomiting within about 15-20 minutes of the vaccines being given. It is pretty rare to see that sort of reaction. The more common one is to see hives develop, their muzzle and around the eyes get swollen, start itching a good deal. It is more of a secondary allergic reaction, and if you had your pet vaccinated by a vet, they will treat allergic reactions for free and make a note in your pet's chart. The downfall with the multiple at the same time is that you cannot tell what caused it, however it is usually the killed vaccines that cause it and overall lepto has been the one that was considered the cause.
Truth is most clients don't want to have to come back for additional vaccines and complain as it is about pricing. :P So while it would bring in more revenue, the truth is that less people would be wanting to deal with that. The majority of people don't like having to visit their vet often lol.
And it wouldn't be really bad press for the vet if your pet had a really severe reaction and they passed. I've seen that happen ONCE out of all the years I've worked in the animal industry, and the two vets who were in the building had been in practice over 25 years and it was the first time they saw it either. It took all of us by surprise and we all felt terrible that it happened. The vet who was doing the appointment offered not to vaccination the other cat she had there (this is a client who we see many cats from and none had had reactions ever before) if she didn't want it and everything he did that day was free, including the cremation for the kitty who passed.
No vet wants to have something happen to your pet from routine preventative care. Just like no doctor wants you to have reactions to what they do either. I had an anaphylactic reaction to a vaccine as a child, but it was only the one, I got every other vaccine than that one, and even if its silly because no one is going to give me another MMR vaccine, I have an alert in my file and usually on me if I am in for a procedure of any kind.
But by all means, get involved with your pet's healthcare! Ask questions, figure out why they recommend things the way that they do, and if the vaccine is something that won't be an issue with your lifestyle, you can always say, I would not like that vaccine. We have plenty of clients who have said they do not want to do certain vaccines, and we respect that wish. Veterinary professionals really just want to see your pet happy, healthy and protected against harm. :) It always makes us happy.
It's not about anaphylaxis but about overwhelming a puppy's immune system.
What's done is done, no sense in worrying about it now.
Look up Dr Dodd's vaccine protocol and go with that from here on out.
the opinions on here are just that
your pup will be fine
Overwhelming the system generally gets displayed in an allergic reaction however. Maybe not true anaphylaxis but generally speaking, after a round or two of vaccines, the body should have less of a reaction to known pathogens and a quicker response time to them so that something new would have a slower response.
Animals are individuals, but if you think about them going around in the world from day to day, just as we do, their systems in theory will always be dealing with foreign invaders. Think of all the variants on the common cold, the fact that "kennel cough" is technically a complex of viruses and potential bacteria that can cause cold symptoms in dogs. Your body likely deals with different bacteria day in and day out, either picked up from wherever they may go, something they potentially ingest. If you go with that theory, your pet is constantly having to fight off something, so the chances of them handling a few pathogens at once in a vaccine should in general not cause a nasty reaction or be horribly overwhelming.
If you're worried, maybe find a holistic vet in your area, as they are equally qualified vets who normally only push necessary vaccines. Our dogs got the initial vaccines when they were pups and we did not live in an area with a holistic vet, but once we moved to Oregon, we found a good one. Our dogs get the 3-year rabies now and that's it. I'm not a fan of putting (usually unnecessary) chemicals into my body, or my dogs bodies, if I can avoid it. Good luck!
Dr Schultz quite literally wrote the book on vaccine protocol.
Here is his (hour long) interview with Dr Becker.
Well worth taking the time to watch, they explain things really well.
Some vaccines are going to be dictated by your location and lifestyle, but as a whole, I'd do core vaccines, and follow up with titers.
Yes, PLEEZZZE do your research!
I can send you a list of registered "Holistic" vets in your state. If you choose a vet who is versed in Homeopathy, they can administer a Homeopathic remedy to combat reactions to the inoculations. Signs of reactions can happen immediately, or down the road, possibly years later. Constant itching is one you hear about most. Here are other signs:
Seizures and Epilepsy
Autoimmune diseases, including organ disease, allergies and skin problems
Chronic digestive problems
Muscle weakness, especially lack of hind end coordination
Chronic digestive disorders
Skin diseases like Ischemic Dermatopathy / Cutaneous vasculitis
Behavior problems: aggression, destructive behaviors, separation anxiety and odd obsessive behaviors (like tail chasing and paw licking). Also can cause cancer at the injection site.
Below are some articles and sites that you can read up on.
In this article, Veterinarian’s talk about what they WISH they had known about vaccinations BEFORE they started administering them!
Vets On Vaccines: Vets On Vaccines | Dogs Naturally Magazine
The Purdue Vaccination Studies and Auto-antibodies by Catherine O’Driscoll on April 26, 2011 The Purdue Vaccination Studies and Auto-antibodies | Dogs Naturally Magazine
Taking The Risk Out Of Puppy Shots by Dogs Naturally on July 12, 2011 Taking The Risk Out Of Puppy Shots | Dogs Naturally Magazine
Protecting Your Puppy From Disease: Protecting Your Puppy From Disease | Dogs Naturally Magazine
Bordatella Vaccinations: Bordetella Vaccination for Dogs: Fraud and Fallacy | Dogs Naturally Magazine
This site has a WEALTH of knowledge on vaccinations:Top Natural Holistic Dog Health Care Book: Multiple Award Winner
Shirley’s Wellness Café and inoculations: Pet vaccination warning. Severe adverse reaction to immunization
Hope this helps your research!
Only thing that bugs me about what Schultz said is that he didn't have parvo on that list of diseases. It isn't as pathogenic has it has been, however, it can often lead to death and the disease itself has his own set of troubles that can be lifelong for the dog. Your lifestyle should always be considered when it comes to what vaccines you do or don't use with your pets. Where you are located. Most vets I know only give bordtella if patients will be boarding or going to grooming salons, both of which require the vaccine to attempt and cut down on the severity of potential kennel cough the dogs likely will pick up while there. Think of airplanes and the common cold. Lepto is the only other one I know of in my region that is suggested yearly because the vaccine is a killed one, and there is a low dose vaccine available. The tricky part about Lepto is that it attacks the kidneys, and you don't generally see the damage until its fairly severe. Humans can also contract lepto just from water sources, which is where your pet would.
Rabies is required by law, only one place in the US does titer testing for it. And the vaccine that was really causing trouble on it is no longer in manufacter. Zoeitis (aka Pfizer) bought them out some time ago. The other main core vaccine is recommended every three years. Titer testing is not inexpensive and requires your pet to go in for yearly blood draws.
My golden got four series as a puppy on his vaccines, he gets rabies and the core every three years and I do give him the lepto yearly and bordtella every six months. Same for my other two dogs. However, my reasoning behind it is because we are frequently out in areas with a lot of wildlife, they are constantly around other dogs since they come and stay with me at work, and my golden is a blood donor for our clinic. There's at least two times I know his blood has been essential in saving the recipients. This dog was raised in an emergency/referral hospital with sick animals on grounds and did not develop any illness.
So you really do have to look at your situation, what the dog can be exposed to and make your choices off of that. You as a pet owner can say, no I do not want my pet to have this thing, and the vet should respect your wishes. If they won't, find another vet who will. Your pet is your pet. It's like with your children.
However, the fact that measles is making a comeback has me rather concerned being that I have a feeling I'd test with less than adequate titers for measles, mumps and rubella. And there is -NO- option for me to get the vaccine again as the first reaction was so severe there is no doubt I will die. Random off topic, however, if the general dog populous truly is vaccinated well enough, those diseases should eventually be down to next to nothing, which sadly in many places that is not the case. Nothing like spending hours next to a puppy with parvo to make you twitch when people are anti-vaccine.
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