Re: Rabies Vaccine Reaction (non- GSD)
Thuja works very nicely.
Benadryl an hour before vaccines will prevent reactions like the one she had.
Be forewarned. In the US, you will never be able to legally bring her anywhere once her Rabies vaccine expires.
I get that the chances of her being exposed are slim.
If she so much as scratches a person who visits your house, the state then becomes able to euthanize her. No ifs, ands, or buts. It generally depends on the mood of the animal control officer. In Ct, you can get a state exemption, but the responsibilty becomes yours not to let your dog interact with other people or dogs ever again.
If you choose not to vaccinate her, then be sure you know the risks involved.
Case in point. 2 months ago, Jethro, a super friendly pit bull was out in his yard with his family when a jogger ran by. Jethro ran out to meet the jogger, who began screaming and waving his arms. Jethro, being slightly over a year of age, started leaping and nipping. (I'm pretty sure he was looking for the ball. His kids play the same way with him.) One nip broke the skin before Jethro's mom had reached him. (A small scratch. We know the outcome of the hospital visit the jogger demanded. The whole ER visit cost $100, about the price to walk through the door.)
Jethro lives in a very rural town in eastern Ct. He generally plays in his back yard (5 acres) but this morning was planting flowers in the front with his family. All of his neighbors on his dirt road know him, and he has proved to be a good companion for everyone else's dog.
The jogger was a new neighbor, who had moved in 2 months beforehand.
Jethro's rabies vaccine had expired 1 month before this incident.
Despite our offer to officially quarenteen Jethro at our office, (we liked him) the jogger demanded he be tested for Rabies.
It was his right, and sadly, I got to help remove Jethro's head from his body and send it in to the state.
It sucked. Jethro's kids don't understand, Jethro's mom knows it was done out of anger, but it has been done.
We could fault the owner, yup. Dogs should be contained at all times, but Jethro lived in a neighborhood where he knew everyone, and he was just going to greet when the jogger misunderstood him.
Jethro was neg. for rabies.
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