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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 resulting from the veterinary emergency with her brain / nervous system.

Things don’t always go well, however:

  • Lilly fell down the stairs last week.
  • Lilly fell off the bed the other day.
  • Lilly crashed while jumping my knees and slid on her side across the living room Monday night.
  • Lilly’s rear legs gave out while on her usual 3-mile walk Sunday. For several seconds, she stayed there — like a tadpole or mermaid — and seemed that she didn’t know how to stand up. It was very scary.

Among her other lingering symptoms? Nose / breathing troubles. Video demonstration below.

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Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Left Bank - April 8, 2012

If Lily sleeps on your bed maybe you should put the mattresses on the floor for a while so she doesn’t have the problem of falling from your bed. Also, maybe one of those slings with handles that enable people to help dogs with walking problems might come in handy, at least for the short term.
I would be taking baby steps with her just as you do with her fearfulness. I wouldn’t be trying to get her to perform at agility as she did B.V. (before her vac.). Time and patience and hope is the currency you have to trade for Lily’s recovery. And if she never resembles the dog she was B.V. she will still be the Lily who looks to you for the safe place and the Lily you love for her trust in you.

    Roxanne Hawn - April 8, 2012

    Thanks, @Left Bank, for the ideas. Lilly has taken a turn for the worse in recent days, so we’re backing way off of all physical activity. We had been given the green-light by our neurologist weeks ago to go ahead and hike / play agility like we normally would so that her brain would have the opportunity to learn new ways to do things.

      Left Bank - April 9, 2012

      Best wishes and hang in there. You have lots of unknown supporters rooting for Lilly’s recovery and your continued relationship with her.

Hawk aka BrownDog - April 7, 2012

Hi Y’all,

Lilly is such a beautiful girl. I’m sending paw power to her still. The road is long and hard, but she has a wonderful, loving family to help her along it.

Hawk aka BrownDog
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Julie - April 6, 2012

That sweet little face always makes me smile . . .I hope things continue to improve!
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LeeAnne McAdam - April 6, 2012

You all have all been through so much that is just so wrong, but you are also such an inspiration and testament to the power of love. Thank you for sharing your experience with us so openly. We are so hopeful that Lilly will continue to get better and better.

Amy@GoPetFriendly - April 6, 2012

She certainly has come a long way, but I can understand how these lingering issues would be scary. Have the doctors said whether you should expect Lilly to make a complete recovery and how long that might take? Hugs to you all!
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Donna Kruft - April 6, 2012

Roxanne, it really breaks my heart reading about Lily. She is such a beautiful girl and her story is tragic. What is her prognosis? Will she ever be completely well? My girl Hoodie is a mixed breed(smoth collie-shepard). She isn’t due for a rabies again until 2014 and to tell you the truth, It terrifies me because you never know what could happen. Are any of their vacs really and necessary? I’m now even afraid of flea + tick meds. You are doing such a great job with Lily! Love to all.

Linda Martin - April 6, 2012

No matter what…she’s such a sweetie!
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Angela - April 6, 2012

Bless her heart.

Angela Cranson - April 6, 2012

She is just so lovely, and so brave, she is a treasure!
God bless her! 🙂 and she has such lovely people that love her and take good care of her, God bless you also! Take care.

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