Lyme Disease Vaccine For Dogs May Be More Harmful Than Good

Before you get the Lyme Disease Vaccine for your dog check into it's side effects - It may be more harmfull than good

I just wanted to let everyone know about the Lyme Vaccine issues we encountered with our puppy, Max. Since we live in CT and is noted that it has a lot of deer ticks, we decided to get the dog Lyme vaccine as our vet recomended for Max. The main reason was past thought of friends and neighbors that had strong issues with the disease and how they suffered. Since our puppy was only approx. 12 pounds and not due to get much bigger, we didn't want him to go through that at all.

We brought Max in to get the first of 2 shots and were told, if anything, he would be lethargic. Well, he was anything but! It was as if somebody gave him a gallon of espresso coffee, topped with a 5 lb. bag of sugar and some pep pills thrown in for good measure. He was off the wall! All prior training went out the window once he got that shot.

We ended up needing to give him 1/2 of a benadryl administered 1/2 on day and the other 1/2 the next day just to calm him down and break the cycle he was in. When I checked on line about the shot, I found a lot of websites stating how much it could harm the dog including but not limited to aggressiveness, nerve damage and renal failure along with information that dogs process Lyme Disease different than humans as well as them getting rid of it better than we can without the need for meds.

I canceled the second shot since the side effects were a lot worse than his chances were of getting it. A few days later a client that is a vet tech advised that there are now studies going on where they think that the Lyme Vaccine is actually giving the dogs Lyme Disease instead of vaccinating them against the disease. This was due to a rapid increase of dog contracting Lyme Disease after they received the vaccination.

Right now we need to wait for the next 3 months to see if he has any issues that can crop up due to the shot. Hopefully, there will be none, but all we can do is wait and see what happens. I am passing this information on so each of you that has a dog can decide for themselves if the vaccine is right for their situation.

For more information on Max go to www.RaisingMax.com.

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Anne Rose January 23, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Ryan, any medication or vaccine can be associated with some risk, whether it be for our dogs or we humans. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/130122/800-children-europe-develop-narcolepsy-after-swine-flu-vaccine-report Sometimes it depends on how it was prepared. Like our food, it's something we are putting into or allowing to be introduced into our bodies: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57530886/steroid-injections-tied-to-meningitis-outbreak-may-cause-joint-infection/ There are never any guarantees, and that's been proven. We all have to hope for the best.
Ang February 01, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Barbara, we had to have our 3 year old male choc Lab put to sleep last year, one day after his 3rd birthday. He had the lyme vaccines and boosters from the start and was up to date. We also used topical tick protection. One day he was playing in the yard chasing balls, the next day lethargic and loss of appetite. We took him to the vet right away as we knew something was not right - only to find out he was in kidney failure. The vet did a lyme test which read a faint positive. He had no other symptoms prior. We took him to an emergency animal clinic for more aggressive IV treatment with hopes he would get better. The next day we were told there was no hope for him and his bun and creatine levels were not good - we did not want to see him suffer. Till this day no one can tell us for sure what caused his illness. After doing much research we found out about the risks of the lyme vaccine. It is so devastating to loose such a young, beautiful, energetic dog. Heartbroken and still trying to find answers.
Barbara Gaudio February 01, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Ang, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. We are still wondering if anything will happen to our dog since some days he walks like he has arthritis & other days he is fine. Unfortunantly kidney failure is one of the issues can that occur from the vaccine from what I have found on the internet, but it seemed to indicate that it would occur withing aprox. 3 months from getting the shot. I know nothing is cast in stone as to when any issues can come up, but, it will always be a question that you may never get an answer on. We have taken our dog to the first level of Therapy Dog Training & even the instructors are against the vaccine. They take their dogs to a vet that doesn't believe in the vaccine. I called all the vets in our area at the time & they are all in favor of the vaccine since they feels its the best available option for dogs at this time despite the risks. As for our dog, we still see a vet in our area since they don't try to push the vaccine on us. We did change from the original vet since when I called to tell them about our dog's issue, they didn't want to see him. Some posters seem to feel a dog being continually hyper is not life threatening but if the dog can't stop after 7 days, that is an issue for me. As I have said in my postings we did check with another vet & was advised to give him an allergy medicine which stopped him from being hyper almost immediately. To me, I shouldn't have needed to give him anything.
Barbara Gaudio February 01, 2013 at 09:16 PM
As a P.S. I received notice of a new comment in which the person said their dog got contiually sicker after the vaccine & eventually was unable to walk within a few days. They brought the dog back to the vet & the dog had to be put on steroids. They asked what else they needed to know about other possible issues with the vaccine. When I tried to answer their question their post was not on the blog. I did send an email to Wendy about it not showing & unfortunantly I didn't get a response. If anyone does want to look up issues that can occur you can do a general search on the internet asking to see complaints against lyme disease for dogs. There are quite a few websites that have info on the vaccine. Some are experiences that they had with their own dogs. With the sites that list experiences, you will not know if they made up the issues or are telling the truth. The other sites, as you can see by some of the comments left on the blog, are not believed by some of the posters. What I feel will happen, is that just like our reactions to medicines, the medical profession will look into the vaccine more when their are enough complaints. There is a book called "Best Pills, Worse Pills" that comes out every year around this time. It describes every reaction that can occur & if it cannot be taken with other meds as well as any issues using it with herbs. They also list if the med has been on the market long enough to have every reaction show up yet.
Ang February 03, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Thank you Barbara. The info you posted is helpful as I will be doing more research. Hope everything goes well with your dog.


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