Too bad this isn’t “C” day…because I’d use Careful…or Caution. (But somehow, I don’t think K is for Kaution would go over so well. LOL I can spel gud!) So I settled with killer. As in, be careful, vaccines can be a killer.
We got a puppy two Saturdays ago, to help ease my stepdad’s pain of losing our elderly girl, Immy. Zoey is a beautiful, sweet-as-honey 4-month-old longhaired dapple mini doxie. She’s our first-ever longhair (and after having both smooth and wirehair, we’re really fond of the longhaired!) and she’s somehow wormed her way into the hearts of everyone she’s met. Including me. I was against getting another dog, but Zoey… She’s really wonderful.
So all’s going well. She’s fitting into the family like she’s been here for years. Took her in Monday to get her shots. We told them we wanted her vaccines (the puppy shots / the rabies) split apart by a few weeks…instead we get some…newbie nurse who comes in and vaccinates her…and only after we get the paperwork do we realize she’s been given the 5 (or7, idk which) way, the lepto, and rabies…all at once x.x
Tuesday she became lethargic and went off her food. Tuesday night she began to shake. She shook violently all night long and the only vet open was the Emergency clinic which we’d called back when Pan had Pyometra…and it would be 1,000 just to walk in the door… 1k that we just don’t have. Mom called our vet Wednesday morning and Zoey started having seizures. They took her in, gave her Valium, but it didn’t help. They told Mom and Greg that she probably had a liver stint or a brain tumor. UH you JUST saw her Monday and she was happy, bouncy, HEALTHY. Until she got her shots. Mom argued and they sent her home and told us to go to the Emergency vet to run tests… Mom told them that if the puppy wouldn’t have a quality of life, and if it got too expensive…she needed to look into putting her down.
Mom came home and while Greg held the puppy while her poor body shook and twitched, she looked up everything she could online. Only to find that several doxie breeders recommend NOT giving lepto to small dogs, especially the easily-reactive doxie, unless we’re having an epidemic…which we’re not. She found that maybe giving steroids through IV would help the immune system fight off the poison…but it had already hit neuromuscular… We went back to the vet, not sure of what to think, besides the fact that we knew in our hearts the shots did this.
They made us sign something that said that we were diagnosing her as a vacc reaction, not the vet, and that we wouldn’t be able to sue if she died. LOL. Really? Then one of the nurses had the gall to tell us that “If we found it was too expensive, one of their employees has been through this with her doxie…and she’d take the dog off our hands vs. us putting her down”. Uh, our puppy. Back off.
So when Zoey was done with her IV, Mom asked for the paperwork…and I flat-out asked the tech which vaccine did it to her. They were backpedaling saying “We can’t be sure one of the vaccs did it! You just chose to treat as if it was a reaction”. Then, a few minutes later, Mom asked if we should skip her boosters and the woman was like “No need, we’ll just not give the Lepto.”
UH HUH. So they suspected, gave the vaccines despite our request of spacing them out. Gave us the runaround. LOL wow. Just…wow. You can bet your tail feathers that I will not take my pets back to that vet. The one we took Pan to for her Pyometra surgery may be a little more expensive? But they listen to the demands of their patients.
Now it’s Thursday, and so far so good. Zoey’s still really weak and a little wobbly, but she ate some boiled chicken and actually ran around the yard for a tiny bit. The shaking/jerking has stopped and she hasn’t had an episode for almost 24 hours. I have high hopes that she’ll be able to have a normal life.
Still, it’s scary. I plan on a puppy when I move out…and one of my possible-breeds is a longhaired doxie. Obviously you have to vaccinate…but I never want to live through this again; it’s been scary enough when I’m only a little bit attached–had this been my Lily who went through this…I’d be a total mess.
So just take this story as a warning, I guess, to what could happen. I’m definitely going to be reading up and researching for months before I ever get my future-pup. I’ll keep everyone updated on Z.