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Within 1.5 hours of getting her rabies vaccine, Gracie had a horrible reaction. By then her regular vet was closed but the e-vet was nearby. She was given benadryl and dexamethasone injections, with instructions to give her oral benedryl pills for 5 days.

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Overnight the swelling has gone down by a third and she is much less distressed. The swelling went as high as above her eyebrows at its worst, making her look like a sharpei. She'd never had trouble with a rabies vaccine before.

 

 

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Poor thing! I thought that reactions typically exhibited themselves around the injection site? So scary, did she get the 3 year?

 

Glad she is improving :( sending good thoughts

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Yes, it was the 3 year so this will be her last since she is 13 years old. The receipt from her checkup had the disclaimer to report swelling/reactions/etc from the injection. The actual injection site was fine.

 

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Yes, I had a girl who could not tolerate them when she got older, but her reaction was a large lump and swelling at the injection site.

 

Hope Gracie gets back to normal very quickly!

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Wow, Gracie's reaction is more severe than our reactive pets have been. Glad Gracie won't have to have any more rabies shots. (I keep a record of a vaccine's manufacturer whenever our pets have a reaction so I can avoid it in future.) Thank you for posting these pictures.

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wow :( both our boyz just got their 3 year this past Sunday (Larry is 6, Zeke is 4). Once Larry gets his next one at age 9, that's the last one for him. I still swear Rainey's brain issues started from her rabies shot she got just before the seizures started :(

 

hope your baby is doing better! :hope

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wow :( both our boyz just got their 3 year this past Sunday (Larry is 6, Zeke is 4). Once Larry gets his next one at age 9, that's the last one for him. I still swear Rainey's brain issues started from her rabies shot she got just before the seizures started :(

 

hope your baby is doing better! :hope

Yes I think it did my Minny in too. He was fine until he got his shot at 9 yoa. Never had any problems whatever before with anything health wise. HE REACTED IMMEDIATELY WENT DOWN AND NEARLY DIED. They "saved" him but weeks later he had a bad seizure- and did not last 2 weeks after that. :cry1 I am really struggling with whether or not to take my precious and completely healthy Reba for hers next month. There is no question vaccinations cause chronic and sometimes fatal consequences. In fact from what I've read the risk of injury from the vaccines is far more likely than the risk of the diseases. JMO.

 

Kisses to Gracie. How horrible a thing to have to go through. Hope she heals quickly.

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Poor Gracie. I'm glad she's feeling better. Is she really 13?? She looks wonderful.

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omg...not sweet Gracie...hope she is back to normal riteawayquik For Gracie :kiss2 and you :grouphug

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Yikes and a half! Glad you caught it promptly, and glad she seems to be on the mend.

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My weimaraner, Hannah, had a bad rabies vaccination reaction and then had a seizure that scared me to death. I'm no fan of vaccinations.

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Given the severity and the location of the reaction, I wonder if she reacted to the diluent rather than the vaccine

Very unusual (in the type of reaction) and very scary - glad she is on the mend.

Interesting. I will ask the vet at her next visit.

 

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We are starting to see more frequent reactions to Rabies vax. Unusual as it was rarely see here before. Your vet should report the reaction (lot#, serial #).

Fwiw-we would treat the reaction in the same manner. Scary :-(

The e-vet said I should call my regular vet who administered the vaccine, even though e-vet visits are auto faxed to primary vets. Before I could make the call my vet's office was calling to check on her.

What do think of Blaidd49's comment regarding the diluent possibly being the culprit?

 

Gracie's face is almost back to normal this evening. And she was able to eat her dinner without me having to make her kibble into soup this time.

 

Hada the podenco maneta, Georgie Girl (UMR Cordella), Lulu the podenco andaluz, Rita the podenco maneta
Angels: Charlie the iggy,  Mazy (CBR Crazy Girl), Potato, my mystery ibizan girl, Allen (M's Pretty Boy), Percy (Fast But True), Mikey (Doray's Patuti), Pudge le mutt, Tessa the iggy, Possum (Apostle), Gracie (Dusty Lady), Harold (Slatex Harold), "Cousin" Simon our step-iggy, Little Dude the iggy ,Bandit (Bb Blue Jay), Niña the galgo, Wally (Allen Hogg), Thane (Pog Mo Thoine), Oliver (JJ Special Agent), Comet, & Rosie our original mutt.

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Glad to hear Gracie is doing better. So scary.

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Angels: Charlie the iggy,  Mazy (CBR Crazy Girl), Potato, my mystery ibizan girl, Allen (M's Pretty Boy), Percy (Fast But True), Mikey (Doray's Patuti), Pudge le mutt, Tessa the iggy, Possum (Apostle), Gracie (Dusty Lady), Harold (Slatex Harold), "Cousin" Simon our step-iggy, Little Dude the iggy ,Bandit (Bb Blue Jay), Niña the galgo, Wally (Allen Hogg), Thane (Pog Mo Thoine), Oliver (JJ Special Agent), Comet, & Rosie our original mutt.

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