Category Archives: Dog Rant

5 Days of Lethargy, 5 Hours in the Veterinary ER

Thanks to some medicine heroics in response to Lilly's neurological setback Saturday, October 12, 2013, Lilly did seem to stabilize and improve slightly. Starting Thursday, October 17, however, she seemed exhausted and as if she…

Another (Unwelcome) First – Accidental Chemo Overdose

Honestly. Every time I think Lilly's medical saga cannot get any worse, something else that's unexpected / unwelcome happens. On top of the not-good kidney news from earlier this week, on top of figuring out…

Another Canine Emergency – Dogs on Steroids Eat Things That Aren’t Food

Monday dawned with a full-blown anxiety attack hovering. Seeking just an hour of quiet, an hour or solace, an hour of something other than work or worry, I headed out to the greenhouse. Big mistake.…

World Rabies Day 2012 – Insights After a Near-Deadly Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction

Today is World Rabies Day, which is meant to "raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies, how easy it is to prevent it, and how to eliminate the main global sources." Nine…

Adverse Vaccine Reaction Treatment Costs Top $15K

It's official. I hadn't added everything up since the end of June, but I did on Friday, and we topped $15,000 in expenses to treat Lilly's severe rabies vaccine reaction. To be exact ... $15,095.01.…

Blood Work, Veterinary Neurology Recheck, and Rude People – Oh, My!

There is a rant brewing about something that happened at the veterinary hospital today with a fellow dog owner, but for now … let’s only focus on Lilly’s recovery status. A tiny bit of potentially…

Update August 17 – Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction Relapse

Lilly made great gains in her recovery through about Wednesday. She hasn't been as great since then. She seems weak, tired, wobbly, and droopy. I worry about her gums and tongue being pale. We're not…

Update August 11 – Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction Relapse

If Lilly was 5% of herself Friday (Aug 10), we'd say she is 20% of herself today (Saturday, Aug 11). Just talked to our neurologist, though, and he said I'm a "brutal Olympic judge" because…

Update August 10 – Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction Relapse

Again, I’m mostly too tired to be coherent, but here is the top news about Lilly’s massive adverse rabies vaccine reaction relapse.

Update August 9 – Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction Relapse

I am exhausted at the cellular and spiritual levels, so just quick notes and one picture. The headline is this: Lilly is about the same, with 2 exceptions. Her fever is down, but so is…

Is a Current Rabies Vaccination “Enough” to Protect Dogs Exposed to Rabies?

Via a daily news brief of veterinary-related news, I learned of 12 dogs in Mooresville, North Carolina, who were put down after one of them — a puppy — contracted rabies. Many people were also…

Major Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction Relapse – Lilly Hospitalized

Starting on Monday, August 6, 2012, Lilly began declining. Monday was bad. Tuesday was MUCH worse. Wednesday (today) was beyond terrible. I called our veterinary neurologist's cell number early, and Lilly and I made a…

Quick Post: Lilly NOT Doing Well

Not only do Lilly's elimination issues persist (nearly 6 weeks now), but we're two days into another significant setback of some sort. It's hard to tell what's what since the symptoms of her vaccine-induced brain…

Dog Care: Does Devoted Mean Difficult?

Girls like me definitely fall into the 20-side of the 80/20 Rule. In fact, I'd place myself -- and all of you -- into the top 2% of dog care consumers. Sometimes, however, this devotion…

Lilly Recovery Update – Setbacks and Medications

I'd already planned and written last week's 5-part series of posts on the adverse vaccine reaction financial settlement before Lilly suffered another setback, starting Friday, June 29. I've been posting updates on our Champion of…

Adverse Dog Vaccine Reaction – Elimination Issues Worsen

Lilly's neurological deficits have grown significantly in the last 24 hours. I pretend we're not headed back into life-threatening territory, but the worsening of Lilly's elimination issues cause both worry and complication. I'm not sure…

Adverse Vaccine Reactions – Crunching Numbers at Home

Yesterday, I shared what research I found about the rarity of serious, neurological adverse vaccine reactions like what Lilly suffered earlier this year. Today, a bit of a riff and a rant on my own…

Why Not Vaccinating a Dog is a Big Deal

Because Lilly developed vaccine-induced meningoencephalomyelitis / meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the brain and lining of the brain and spinal cord) after getting a rabies vaccine, she can NEVER get another vaccine. Period. Here is why that's…

Billings, Montana, Family Seeks Information and Reward Donations in the Death of Dog After Home Burglary

Sadie, an 8-year-old border collie / blue heeler mix, died Friday, June 8, 2012, from injuries sustained during a home burglary. The intruder / would-be thief injured Sadie so badly that she had to be…

One More New Problem – Adverse Vaccine Reaction

Indeed, Lilly is recovering nicely some 2 months since her adverse rabies vaccine reaction. She is nowhere near normal, but she is coping the best she can. As are we to the "new" puppy girl…

Freedom of Information Act and Adverse Vaccine Reactions

One of the biggest questions people ask when they hear about Lilly's unfortunate and dangerous response to her recent rabies vaccine is this: How common / rare is it? I promise you I'm trying to…

Lilly’s Brain Injury and Agility Outtakes

Monday, we showed you some agility highlights as Lilly recovers from her neurological troubles. Today, we prove that it isn't always pretty.