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We have 5 chihuahuas in our family. We have always kept our little ones up to date with all vaccines the vet recommends. Last week one of our Chis was taken in for his yearly parvo, lepto, and rabies. All given at the same visit. He is experiencing weakness in his hind legs and upon reading issues on the internet, have found this can be a side effect of rabies. And it sounds like it may possibly never be recovered from and can get progressively worse. I NOW know that the rabies vac is a dangerous vaccine. Has anyone else had issues. What has been the outcome? I am just sick at heart and so worried this may be a lasting condition for our beloved used to be very healthy Chi.
 

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I'm so sorry,we don't give so many in uk as you do so i can't comment but i hope your little one gets better.
 

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Thank you. This so distressing. reading about the over vaccination of our dogs and cats. I was not aware of any of this and the vets have never informed me of the possible issues. They are rare but more likely with small dogs like Chihuahuas.
 

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I hope your baby is okay. What a devastating situation you are in. I'm so sorry.

I would never get more than one immunization at a time. Giving rabies along with other vaccines at the same time raises the risk of side effects. Many shots vets recommend (depending on where you are located) such as lepto are not necessarily needed. Personally I won't give lepto because the shot has an EXTREMELY high risk of side effects and only protects from a few strands of lepto. I will not give bordatella for the same reason- it only protects against a few strands.

Toby got his rabies shot two weeks ago. The vet wanted to do parvo/distemper at the same time. I declined. I will get that in a few weeks. After this year, the only vaccine he will receive is rabies every three years since it is required by law. The rest he will be titered for every 3-5 years. A rabies shot given alone is less likely to cause a reaction than one given in conjunction with other vaccines.

My cocker spaniel had reactions to rabies, but it was an allergy that Benadryl cleared immediately. I have no experience with more serious vaccine reactions. However, I encourage you to look around this site for vaccine info.


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There are many side effects from vaccines or can be. Choosing to vaccinate is a personal choice. My older Chi, Titan, no longer receives vaccines as he ends up looking like a bulldog (his head, neck swell up badly). My younger chi only received her puppy shots & then at 1yr a rabies which should last her for some time, no reason to keep pumping her full of that crap. I understand vaccines and I also know what my dogs are exposed to and that makes vaccines a waste and unnecessary for my dogs.

I'm sorry your going thru that. Hopefully this will pass soon and is only temporary.
 

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Have you taken the dog to the vet? If not, then you need to as soon as possible. It may be having an allergic reaction to the rabies vaccine. Or, depending on if it was combined/what it was combined with could have something to do with it. What are the exact vaccines that the chi got? The vet should know what the cause is of it, there shouldn't be any "lasting conditions" because a vaccination side effect - even rabies, which is an important vaccine mind you.

Talk to the vet about it more, your dog will probably be fine as long as you take it to the vet and they can do whatever's needed. :)
 

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Thanks for all the replies and info. I am definitely changing my Chis vaccines and how they will be done. One at a time and will rethink on how often. I will drop lepto for sure. I wish I had known the issues before, but have assumed the vet knows best. But these little ones are different when caring for them. I would like to hear from anyone who has had a similar reaction of the muscle weakness in the back legs. It says it can be 2 to 5 months for their health to get better or it may be progressive. :( Thanks all.
 

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I would call your Vet ASAP and let them know what is going on to see if they have something that might stop the reaction.
 

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Yuck...so sorry you're experiencing this! Definitely a good idea to get vacs spread out a bit so you know which vaccine is causing an issue when one arrises. Lepto...I'd not assume it wasn't that vac that he is having a reaction to honestly. Hope he is feeling better soon! And hope you can figure out which vac caused the reaction so you can avoid it next time....
 

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This is so scary to me! And exactly the reason why I stopped allowing my children to be vaccinated. There's a reason the people who make the vaccines don't give them to their children. With every shot, my daughter developed more severe symptoms of Autism.

If I could, I'd keep my dogs from getting them, too. If the life of a human child isn't important enough to keep hamful things our of our vaccines, then the life of a dog would be worth nothing to these people, and god only knows what's in their vaccines.
I've been trying to figure out what to do to make it safer for our pups, as it's the law here that we have to get certain ones.
If anyone could send me a message on exactly what to do and how to do it, I would love you forever!


I hope your pup starts feeling better. Hopefully it's just a temporary thing.
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Thanks for all the replies and info. I am definitely changing my Chis vaccines and how they will be done. One at a time and will rethink on how often. I will drop lepto for sure. I wish I had known the issues before, but have assumed the vet knows best. But these little ones are different when caring for them. I would like to hear from anyone who has had a similar reaction of the muscle weakness in the back legs. It says it can be 2 to 5 months for their health to get better or it may be progressive. :( Thanks all.
One thing I've learned on my journey as a pet parent is that even though we would like to think it..."vet knows best", this is not a reality. Vets/Drs alike are only doing what they have been taught in school, "some" will do based on their own experiences. But even with that, it does not make them the all knowing (much to our dismay). We know our pets better than they do, we have to make choices for them that we feel is best for them. I too used to think "if the Vet says they need it, it must be so". Vets say what THEY feel is needed, it is up to us to determine if this fits in with our babies. We have the right to accept or decline any information/recommendation that they give us.

This goes the same for humans, we have to do what we feel works for us, the dr is simply giving their "opinion" of what they feel we should do, it is our choice to accept certain treatment or request something different..OR even go get a second opinion if we dont feel what they say is totally ok. So Fur babies or human babies/adults its always our choice as to what we do.

Please keep us updated as to what the vet says (as I am interested in what they say as well). And most definitely keep us updated on your baby's progress, Keeping good thoughts for you!
 

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Jaxx has a bald spot from his last set of vaccines. The vet gave me a document this year that states he has a reaction to vaccines and not required to be vaccinated. The vet didn't want to risk another reaction that could be worse.
I definitely agree I would call your vet ASAP


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I'm so sorry to hear you're going through this! As a few others have said, a vet's advice about vaccines to dog food are very bias, and each owner needs to do their own research! An important thing to know is that vaccines given after the age of 6 months provide LIFETIME immunity; there's no need for "boosters" which can in reality be very harmful. People have a right to ask for titers in lieu of annual requirements; as the state still has the "proof of immunity," they want. Here's an article I recently found that I think explains things very well!

Lifelong Immunity – Why Vets Are Pushing Back | Dogs Naturally Magazine

I wish you and your pup the best of luck!! Please keep us updated.
 

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Thanks for all the info and support. Since this Chi was a rescue we had no knowledge of prior vaccinations, so the vet felt we should start at the beginning. So last year he had the full list of vaccines, and now this year is when he has had the terrible problem. He is 4 years old. He is so weak in his hind legs he cannot climb a step or lift his leg to "go". We see the vet today (did get an opening) to see what his input is. Am looking for a "Holistic Vet". Has anyone had success with any detox etc.? I don't want to worsen his condition. Since all vaccines were given at once we won't know if it is due to the Lepto or Rabies vaccine. Dealing with this one day at a time.
 
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