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Please help. My 6 year old female GS dog is very sick and I am looking for anyone else that has had similar experiences with their GSD. She was taken into the vet for her yearly vaccinations 11 days ago (Friday 6-22). She was given what they call a “canine 6 in 1” vaccination, given a physical examination, and test for heart worms. She received a healthy report with no obvious health issues noted.
The rest of that day and all Saturday she was fine (Normal). By Sunday afternoon she seem to be a little run down, slow and lethargic and did not eat her lunch with as much zeal as normal. By Monday morning she was obviously sick. She was not eating or acting normal at all. Very lethargic, weak getting up off the floor, not eating, and showed excess drooling. Tuesday morning (6/26) I returned with her to the vet where they gave her another full examination, took a urine and blood sample for testing.

The vet felt she was probably having an adverse reaction to her yearly vaccinations. She was given a steroid injection (Dexamethasone), anti-histamine and anti-nausea while her blood work was sent out for testing. Wednesday the blood work results came back but did not reveal anything specific that could be identified as the problem. Red/White cell count was normal however her platelets and albumin levels were slightly low. Vet said nothing to shed light on why she is in the condition she’s in.
Vet started her on an antibiotic due to some minor bacteria in her urine and an oral steroid (prednisolone) and stated that she still thinks it’s due to an adverse reaction to her yearly vaccinations.
As of today 7/5 her condition has only slightly improved. She is eating normal with normal urinating and bowel movements but is still VERY lethargic and VERY weak, still running a slight fever on and off throughout the day, and still has excessive drooling periodically through the day. On 7/3 she was taken back to the vet where her blood and urine were again checked and both found to be back to normal and with all her blood levels in range.

Has anyone else experienced their GSD having an adverse reaction to yearly vaccinations or any idea as to what may be causing her to be in this condition? It’s heartbreaking to see her giving me a look of “I feel really crappy, please help me daddy!!!” I feel so helpless to help her especially not knowing what the root of the problem is. If it is an adverse reaction to the yearly vaccinations, how long will she have to feel like crap? I just want her to feel better again. Anyone with any similar experiences or knowledge please let me know…..Thank You !!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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So sorry your girl is ill!



It would be like you going to a Walgreens and getting a flu shot, a pneumonia shot, a meningitis shot, a chicken pox shot, and a whooping cough shot ALL at one time!!!!!


Surprised a vet would even admit to this!


Dr. Jean Dodds (Vaccination Research): “Side effects from dog vaccinations can occur anywhere from instantly up to several weeks or months later. Vaccines can even cause susceptibility to chronic diseases that appear much later in a dog’s life.”

List of reactions from Dr. Schultz (Vaccination Research):
Common Reactions:

  1. Lethargy
  2. Hair Loss, hair Color Change at injection Site
  3. Fever
  4. Soreness
  5. Stiffness
  6. Refusal to Eat
  7. Conjunctivitis
  8. Sneezing
  9. Oral ulcers
Moderate Reactions:

  1. Immunosupression
  2. Behavioral Changes
  3. Vitiligo
  4. Weight Loss (Cachexia)
  5. Reduced Milk Production
  6. Lameness
  7. Granulomas/Abscesses
  8. Hives
  9. Facial Edema
  10. Atopy
  11. Respiratory Disease
  12. Allergic uveitis (Blue Eye)
Severe Reactions triggered by Vaccines:

  1. Vaccine injection site sarcomas
  2. Anaphylaxis
  3. Arthritis, polyarthritis-HOD hypertrophy Osteodystrophy
  4. Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
  5. Immune Mediated thrombocytopenia (IMTP)
  6. Hemolytic Disease of the newborn (Neonatal Isoerythrolysis)
  7. Thyroiditis
  8. Glomerulonephritis
  9. Disease or Enhanced Disease which with the vaccine was designed to prevent
  10. Myocarditis
  11. Post vaccinal Encephalitis or polyneuritis
  12. Seizures
  13. Abortion, congenital anomalies, embryonic/fetal death, failure to conceive fertility
From another site:
· Defecation
· Diarrhea
· Hives
· Itchiness
· Puffy face
· Swollen eyelids, lips, and/or ears
· Urination
· Vomiting
· Cold legs
· Drooling
· Elevated heart rate
· Hyper excitement or depression
· Lethargy
· Pale gums
· Shallow, rapid and difficult breathing
· Weakness
· Bleeding at the injection site
· Eye discharge
· Irritable puppies
· Lump at the injection site
· Puppies that don’t like to be touched
· Puppies with no appetite
· Sleepiness
· Slight depression
· Sneezing and nasal discharge
· Swelling of the face
Susceptibility to infections.
Neurological disorders and encephalitis
Aberrant behavior, including unprovoked aggression.


I will PM you later today with some suggestions.


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First, yearly vaccinations are not necessary. These vaccines are good for at least 5 years.

Second, did the vet report the reaction to the manufacturer? He should have.

Third, I would crawling all over the vet for the answers to your question. If he can't answer them then he needs to refer you to a specialist and I would be on the phone with the vaccine manufacturer.
 

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Consider getting a referral to an internal medicine specialist.

The evidence-based AAHA guidelines state that core vaccines are only needed every three years. They're currently testing 5 years -- the next set of guidelines will probably make that shift. AAHA is the gold-standard, science based set of best practices used by highly accredited vet hospitals -- any vet that is doing yearly vaccines needs to be called out for not following the most widely researched, best supported clinical guidelines in the U.S. -- in other words, for being motivated by profit instead of science!

https://www.aaha.org/guidelines/canine_vaccination_guidelines.aspx

There are some chain clinics that are known to do yearly vaccinations for profit -- purely to get people in the door. (Banfield, and now VCA, both owned by Mars Petcare -- the candy company --are notorious for this.) If your vet is part of this kind of practice, call them out for it! I would fire a vet for that, and tell them why:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-05/when-big-business-happens-to-your-pet
 

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I have no advice to offer but I did want to say that is one really sad looking puppy. No wonder you are so worried about her. I hope she feels better soon and I hope to see pictures of her having better days soon.
 
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Find a holistic vet in your area. They will be your best bet for dealing with vaccine reactions.
Shadow had progressive reactions to her puppy vaccines and I ended up with a dog that was walking into walls, snapping at reflections and shadows, losing hair and weight and incapable of simple interactions. She stopped learning anything and would become hysterical at loud sounds or flashing lights. The holistic vet was able to help her although I believe there was long term damage.
She will never be vaccinated again and I still take her in for an annual exam. I simply refuse to allow vaccinations. But I live in Canada and can get away with refusing. If I were forced to vaccinate I would insist that all be given separately and a few weeks apart.
 

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As of today my baby is still not doing any better. I have not been able to find a holistic pet Dr./Vet in my area so far. My current vet has referred me to a specialist for further tests. Initial cost has been quoted at $800 to $1500 depending on what is tested or needed. I am not happy about the cost but if it will get her to feel better then its worth it. I am most upset at the fact that this "6 in 1" vaccination is most likely the cause of her condition and I was never warned about the risks. Also that my current vet is saying they can do nothing more for her except refer me to a specialist at a much higher cost. Absolutely ridiculous. My wife and I have three GSD and have been using the same vet for years, never having any problems nor has any of my dogs had problems with this vaccination previously. I am so very worried about the outcome of this situation, I can only hope that it will be resolved soon as she is so sick its heartbreaking.
 

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As of today my baby is still not doing any better. I have not been able to find a holistic pet Dr./Vet in my area so far. My current vet has referred me to a specialist for further tests. Initial cost has been quoted at $800 to $1500 depending on what is tested or needed. I am not happy about the cost but if it will get her to feel better then its worth it. I am most upset at the fact that this "6 in 1" vaccination is most likely the cause of her condition and I was never warned about the risks. Also that my current vet is saying they can do nothing more for her except refer me to a specialist at a much higher cost. Absolutely ridiculous. My wife and I have three GSD and have been using the same vet for years, never having any problems nor has any of my dogs had problems with this vaccination previously. I am so very worried about the outcome of this situation, I can only hope that it will be resolved soon as she is so sick its heartbreaking.

I think you're likely beyond the point of a holistic vet being able to offer much more than supportive care and are thus best with the specialist. Nonetheless, you can check for a HV here.

Very sorry your girl is so ill and hope they are able to help her. We have a pack of 8 and they are like our kids so I understand how you feel. :(
 
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