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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 mad dash for the hospital this morning. She is now hospitalized. Details below.

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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 euthanized. Her family — Kori and Randy Clark of Billings, Montana — seek information about the crime. We offered by phone this morning to help them raise funds for the reward. Details below, including information way at the bottom about how to contact local officials to ask them to help the Clarks see this case through to its rightful conclusion.

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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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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 get a real, documented, publishable answer to that question (among others I hope to address either individually or in an upcoming FAQ).

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Take that, red tape!

Here’s the rub. In order to get information on actual, reported adverse vaccine reactions, I must file a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA is the regulatory agency for animal vaccines … not the FDA).

I believe it all goes back to pets as an outgrowth of agriculture.

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