Do you think her symptoms point to a serious rabies shot vaccinosis reaction? I would appreciate your input and advice on what I can do in the future to avoid giving her any further vaccines that could lead to an even worse reaction. She has been relatively healthy, but she has food sensitivities. I used Dr. Jean Dodds’ saliva/food sensitivity test because she had chronic colitis when she was young, and it came back saying she was highly sensitive to corn and had a milder sensitivity to wheat and milk. More than two years ago, I put her on Wellness Grain-Free food, and she had no further colitis issues until this current rabies shot.
— R.L., Ludlow, Mass.
Dear R.L.: Your letter is important for many dog owners for two critical points. Some dogs, especially those of certain breeds such as yours, seem especially prone to develop vaccinosis. The adverse reaction to vaccination can get worse when subsequent vaccinations are given, indicating a sensitization process that can culminate in anaphylactic shock or autoimmune disease.
Veterinarians can exercise their professional authority and discretionary responsibility by providing owners of dogs who have developed vaccinosis with a certificate saying that the animal would be at risk from further anti-rabies vaccinations and that the vaccination mandate should be waived. For more details, see my review on adverse vaccine reactions posted on DrFoxVet.com.
The other point that I have made for dogs with irritable bowel and similar severe digestive problems is linked to corn, most being genetically engineered, along with soy bean and imported rice, which have no place in dog or cat foods.
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