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Poor Lucky had his Rabies Shot

Lucky had such a trying time today. Our regular vet was in surgery and the "other" one whom we hadn't met filled in and gave our little guy (now about ten pounds at almost 15 weeks) the Rabies shot AND the lyme AND she clipped his nails AND he was so upset which was such a bummer because the other vet has always been so gentle that he had no apprehension when we arrived. This vet also suggested we do the kennel cough but we thought NO that's enough for the day. Lucky came home, ate lunch eagerly and slept the afternoon, got up slowly and half-heartedly an hour ago dragging himself around, sipped some water, but wouldn't touch his dinner (a first ever that he's refused food) and dragged himself back in his crate to sleep some more. I've been all over the internet and it seems that lethargy and loss of appetite are pretty mild and common side effects of the rabies shot (with a 24 hour duration) so I'm trying not to come undone and to wait til morning to appraise the situation. Anyone have any experience with this? SHould I be more alarmed. Well of course I am more alarmed, but you know what I mean. Thank you thank you.

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It seems that mine have a slow afternoon after shots too and like to sleep it off (sometimes even after the groomers for that matter....). Tomorrow Lucky should be back to normal.

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I think as long as he isn't throwing up or anything like that you should be okay.

and WOW 10 lbs at 15 weeks!!!??? wowzers!!

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Lucky had such a trying time today. Our regular vet was in surgery and the "other" one whom we hadn't met filled in and gave our little guy (now about ten pounds at almost 15 weeks) the Rabies shot AND the lyme AND she clipped his nails AND he was so upset which was such a bummer because the other vet has always been so gentle that he had no apprehension when we arrived. This vet also suggested we do the kennel cough but we thought NO that's enough for the day. Lucky came home, ate lunch eagerly and slept the afternoon, got up slowly and half-heartedly an hour ago dragging himself around, sipped some water, but wouldn't touch his dinner (a first ever that he's refused food) and dragged himself back in his crate to sleep some more. I've been all over the internet and it seems that lethargy and loss of appetite are pretty mild and common side effects of the rabies shot (with a 24 hour duration) so I'm trying not to come undone and to wait til morning to appraise the situation. Anyone have any experience with this? SHould I be more alarmed. Well of course I am more alarmed, but you know what I mean. Thank you thank you.
My Hav Joey had his rabies shot at 16 weeks, and he was exhausted for about a day. The vet also gave me some pain meds in case he needed it. Normally, I wouldn't give him pain meds unless he was really uncomfortable, but he did wind up needing them (just one dose). What you are describing is exactly what we experienced, and Joey was feeling much better the next day. Hope Lucky is better soon!
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Lyme is also known for causing a lot of side effects. For future reference, if you feel that you HAVE to give him Lyme (many people choose not to, even in high-Lyme areas) please arrange for him to have his Rabies shot at least 3 weeks apart from other shots. The more vaccines that you give at once, the higher likelihood that you will see adverse reactions.


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Excellent suggestions from Karen. I hope Lucky feels a lot better tomorrow! I'd make sure he has plenty of water available, including overnight. He might need some extra water.

I'll be watching for further reports!

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Thank you all so much. Lucky whimpered in his crate at 4 a.m. and I was so excited to hear his voice that I let him up, fed him (so good to see his usual gobble), and enjoyed his playing and running wildly until he just collapsed like he always does two hours after waking. So relieved and delighted that even his barking (which I'm sure sleeping neighbors did not enjoy) sounded sweet, sweet, sweet. Will attend more carefully to all this in the future. Thank you for the info and warnings. And the comforting words.

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I was interested to read your post about the vaccines. I waited to have Tessa vaccinated because her breeder did not believe in it, but because we travel with her a lot, I decided to be safe and have her get her shots. She was 14 months old and they gave her the parvo shot and whatever else they give a puppy. She was fine.

We went back for the booster a month later and she also had her booster rabies shot. I questioned them about her getting both boosters on the same day, but the vet said, at her age and size, it shouldn't be a problem.

She was fine that day, playing like crazy. But the next morning, after I got home from some errands, she literally screamed when I tried to pick her up. Not cried, but screamed. Scared the daylights out of me. I was on the phone to the vets immediately and they had me come down and get her some pain meds. I gave it to her right away and a couple of hours later she was fine. I'm not sure what caused the pain, but it makes me wonder about the boosters next year. Fortunately, she has a three year rabies shot but the other vaccines are yearly. I am as conflicted about the booster vaccines now even more than I was before.


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I was interested to read your post about the vaccines. I waited to have Tessa vaccinated because her breeder did not believe in it, but because we travel with her a lot, I decided to be safe and have her get her shots. She was 14 months old and they gave her the parvo shot and whatever else they give a puppy. She was fine.

We went back for the booster a month later and she also had her booster rabies shot. I questioned them about her getting both boosters on the same day, but the vet said, at her age and size, it shouldn't be a problem.

She was fine that day, playing like crazy. But the next morning, after I got home from some errands, she literally screamed when I tried to pick her up. Not cried, but screamed. Scared the daylights out of me. I was on the phone to the vets immediately and they had me come down and get her some pain meds. I gave it to her right away and a couple of hours later she was fine. I'm not sure what caused the pain, but it makes me wonder about the boosters next year. Fortunately, she has a three year rabies shot but the other vaccines are yearly. I am as conflicted about the booster vaccines now even more than I was before.
Many vets are not up on the recommended protocol for vaccine sensitive dogs, and if they are, aren't up on the fact that Havanese are in that category.

We don't booster our kids every year for ANYTHING, so why would dogs need boosters that frequently? Rabies you are kind of forced into, but I will only do titers for the others. My vet said it's not worth even titering until the 3 year mark, because they all have good titers until then.


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