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Hey guys, I am new to the site and this is my first post. We have a ten month old teacup that is having health issues and for the first time my vet, whom I have been with for a long time and trust, seems baffled by this problem.
When the problem first occurred, I believe it was related to a seizure. I woke up and my wife was freaking out that Bug (her nickname) was sick. She was rocking back and forth, side to side, with her head on a swivel. It was really bizarre. I got down on the floor face to face with her and calmed her with a soothing voice but she seemed to stare right through me. That night we go back to bed as everything seemed to return to normal.
The next day, as I was taking all four of the dogs out to the farm for their daily run, Bug was fine for the first 30 minutes of the endeavor. Then next thing I know I turn around and she's falling down almost as if she's being blown around by a massive wind. I take her to the vet, get his opinion, and am satisfied that things will subside.
Now on day four, she walks with an arched back kicking her hind legs out frantically as if there's invisible tape on the bottom of each foot and has trouble with her balance, almost a "canine vertigo." When you watch her it almost looks like she is on the deck of a ship during a violent sea storm doing her best to regain her stability.
We live in a small town in the south west corner of our state where our veterinary options are limited. My 8 months pregnant wife is an absolute wreck over this, can't sleep, and cries while teaching her first grade class. Being the back bone and rock of our family I am starting to lose hope as well but am doing my best not to show it...I've read about calcium deficiencies in chihuahuas but our vet tested her and she seems to have good levels. I have also read about rabies shots for the little guys as well and have learned that its really tough on their bodies. This all began 36 hours after her first vaccination. Coincidence? I don't know.:confused::confused:
So please, anybody with any advice please help us out on this one. Thank you all so much for reading my post and for your kindness and help.
 

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Cole, I am so sorry your little one is suffering like this.. I have no medical experience at all and would not begin to offer any advice~ other than what I would personally do.. And that is head to another vet facility immediately even if it meant driving hundreds of miles asap! If you are unable to do it yourself, then perhaps a family member could take her..You guys will be in my prayers. Deb
 

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I would get another opinion. It sounds like you need a canine neurologist. I wouldn't mess around with the family vet. Go to a specialist. What state are you in? We can help you find one or find your nearest veterinary university and call them.

It sounds like seizures and it does sound like they were brought on by the rabies vaccine. :( It is important to get her stabilized.
 

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Welcome to the board but I hate the circumstances it is over :-(

I agree with Tracy (Brodysmom) dont sit on this, get her to a specialist and it does seem as though the Rabies vaccination has caused this. Please keep us updated!
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about your baby being ill. :( I can imagine what a wreck you guys are. :(

I am going to have to say that it sounds like that she had a delayed reaction to the rabies vaccine. I don't know how big she is, but going by your reference to teacup I assume she's very small. Vaccines can be very hard on even a 8 lb. Chi, and even harder on the smaller ones bodies/immune system to process. Rabies is one of the vaccines they have reactions to most frequently (there are others as well). If they gave your baby a full rabies vaccine, and she is on the small side, it def. can cause problems. The problem may run it's course, and subside. But I wouldn't take any chances. I'd get her to a specialist to see if there is anyway to counteract the problem before it gets worse. There is no guarantee that it's the vaccine, so I'd just be safe.

My oldest pup, 4 years old now had a horrible reaction to a Lepto vaccine before I knew to opt out of that one. It caused neurological symptoms, along with not being able to stand, etc. It lasted for 3 days.
 

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So sorry to read this, im sorry i cant offer any help , but you`ve had some excellent advice already, and i totally agree with what has been said above, hope all goes well..
 
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