Jodi, yes, I have heard these things before. All 3 of my dogs had the normal puppy shots. My dogs also got the parvo vac as puppies. They all just got their yearly vaccines within the last few months, which is rabies and distemper. I will vaccinate my dogs every year, and Candycane is right, they need to be utd in enrolling in a class, etc.
I know this is mostly a doggie question, Jodi, but wanted to add something about my cats.
Now, my cats is another story. Smokie got very sick as a kitten with his last set of vacs. This year, I told her about his reaction and she said she would just give him rabies and distemper and see how it went. Well, that night he got very sick. He was better the next morning, but I called her and she said she marked on his chart next year to do something different, such a premedication him or give them seperate. Here is a whole thread on "Smokie limping"
2 wks after these vaccines, he couldn't walk. That is the whole thread so I don't have to explain it again, lol. He is better now, but in the end, who knows if it was from the vaccines, it was too coincidental to me, and no one knows what really happened. Since he is only 1 1/2 and he had such terrible reactions and we don't know if the not feeling his leg was due to this at all, we are not taking a chance and the vet said since he's indoors, he most likely won't get any vacs again.
Snuggles on the other hand, suffers from seizures. I don't know the underlying cause of them, either. He had a complete blood scan and nothing abnormal came up. It is put down on his chart that he is "Epileptic" b/c there is no difinative cause. When I was at the store, first buying the natural foods for my cats and dogs, I ran into a vet who was also buying food for his cats, lol. He said he sells Science diet in the office but would never buy it. We were talking about Snuggles and he asked if the seizures happened after his vaccinations. I said the first one was in June 02' (I knew of) and his last vac before that was Oct 01' He said it is possible for them to develope seizures from the vacs. This year, I took Snuggles and Ginger in for the yearly visit. They had rabies, distemper and feline lukemia. My vet was cool in not trying to push me into vaccines and answered all my questions. He also talked about the every 3 years deal.(for the inside cats) His cats are older and only inside now, so they will only get rabies every 3 years. He told me to let him know if Snuggles had any siezures after the vacs. 2 weeks later, he had one. I let him know. Snuggles is 3 now, so we may just go to the every 3 years. Is it from the vacs? We don't know, since we don't know what causes his. He isn't on anti-seizure meds, and hopefully won't have to be, as they aren't frequent, for example, he had 2 small ones in Feb, but then none to my knowledge for a few months.
Becki- that is so sad and heartbreaking