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Old 06-10-2015, 06:24 AM
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Hair Loss after Vaccine???

So Fearghas and I switched vets to be closer to where we've moved. I took him in for his yearly vaccines, and later that day noticed he was shedding. It's progressed into pulling out handfuls of fur, balding spots and leaving a wiry coat in it's wake. Or just pink healthy skin in his underarms, collar area, and groin.
Gus is three and in good health otherwise. He does have a chicken allergy and is fed salmon based grain free food.
The vet suggested benedryl which we did and the balding patches are less sensitive and he will let me touch them now. So yesterday he was put on Prednisone.
Has anyone ever heard of this as a reaction to vaccines?
Any other treatments at home I can do besides pumping my poor boy full of drugs?

I added pics in my album. I can't upload to the thread at work....

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Old 06-10-2015, 04:59 PM
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I'm sorry to hear about Fearghas's hair loss! Sadly I am not surprised at reading of this reaction.

I will NEVER give my dogs the "annual" combo vaccine again, for similar reasons. My youngest, Spicey, was given this shot when she was suffering from a skin infection. I had taken her in for the infection, and the vet mentioned that the shot was due, and I didn't think much of it and went along. Figuring, of course, that he knew what he was doing.

I will never be certain, but I'm virtually convinced that it was this combo shot, given to Spicey when her immune system was obviously compromised, that contributed a great deal to worsen this skin infection enough that it was drug out to be an epic 4 months long, and over $1K was spent.

There's a great deal of evidence that these annual shots are unnecessary, as the antibodies of the viruses in they system last for A LOT LONGER than we are led to believe they do. Before I even consider having this combo vaccine administered, I will have a titer test done, which tests for just those antibodies.

Here's some eye-opening reading on this subject:

Pet Vaccine Dangers and Recommendations

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com...r-vaccination/

Combo Shots for Dogs: A Dangerous Convenience | Truth4Dogs

Over-Vaccination - Dog Owners Beware - Whole Dog Journal Article
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I agree about the vaccines I have not given them in years. That is not to say I don't give all the rounds for a puppy but after that you can do a titer every couple of years to make sure they are still covered. I never understood the point of giving them every year any more that they do with us as children. We get our childhood vaccines and that is it. I think it is a way for the vets to get you in to spend money every year. With all the bad things that can happen from the vaccines I don't think it is necessary. I doubt the vets do it with their own pets.
Titer Testing Your Dog: Are You Wasting Your Money? - Dogs Naturally Magazine
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I really shouldn't say "never." Of course, if the titer tests come up with a low antibody count, then I'd get the vaccine for whatever it was any of my dogs needed to have.

Having said that, I finally located the thread I started (I was a tad emotional when I started the thing) about overvaccination. There's some similar/same links, and some other stories there.

Please let us know how Fearghas is doing!
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For what it's worth, as a vet, I give my dog a 3 yr Rabies vaccine, a 3 year Distmper/Parvo combo vaccine and she gets Lyme, Lepto and Bordetella yearly. Why? Because the diseases they are preventing are much worse than the potential vaccine reactions. After age 8 or so, I titer for the Distemper/Parvo. I hate reading posts about vets being in it for the money... Yeah, perhaps some are but if I went into a career for the money, I would have become a human doctor instead.

Of course some dogs will have reactions and if it's your dog, you'll panic. The key is only vaccinating a dog who's immune system can handle it-- so if the dog comes in for an illness, you don't vaccinate. And you don't vaccinate the old dog with multiple issues unless you have to (and most times an exemption letter is enough).

There is even a specific condition of hair loss in poodles associated with the Rabies vaccine... Doesn't mean I don't vaccinate poodles for Rabies. Rarely does it happen. Hairloss but doesn't bother the dog and eventually grows back.

For what it's worth, no ones dog should ever be overdue on Rabies... Because if bit or bites someone, the legal ramifications alone aren't worth it.
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Sorry your guy likely had a reaction! Hope he's on the mend now. If you do vaccinate in the future, you should consider premedication him with Benadryl before your appointment and only doing one vaccine per visit-- split them up by at least 2 weeks each.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:24 PM
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Well we are still losing fur. His belly is almost bare and he's lost most of his undercoat in places. The vet is stumped and took pictures to send to a dermatologist. The vet has been great. All I've paid for since he got his shots has been medication (prednisone). He was fine when he got his vaccine, his immune system wasn't compromised at the time.
Would there be chicken in the vaccine??
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Egads... I'm sorry to read this. I saw you replied, and fully expected that things surely must have gotten better by now. I did a search and can't seem to find any evidence that there's any kind of chicken "base" or whatever, to those combo vaccines, not like the egg grown influenza vaccines for people. They still grow them in eggs, don't they?

If your vet is stumped (he took a picture. Really?), by any chance is there a university veterinary school near-ish to where you live? When the vets I was going to finally threw up their hands (I went through three locally) when we were dealing with Spicey's infection, that's where I ended up going. It was a couple of hours driving each way, but I finally got my answers, though admittedly, I think the infection was finally petering itself out more than under the onslaught of the variety of meds and topicals being thrown at it for four straight months.

But at least it's *just* hair loss...? Not to discount the seriousness of that at ALL, trust me. There's no itching or redness or such things, or that he's in any distress, I hope?
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No no redness or itching more than normal. The closet vet school is 6 hours away. We are pretty isolated up here. You can see in the pic the hair loss. It started dime sized on his hips and has spread up. His belly is now bare, and the fur that's left is also falling out in handfuls.
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This is what he used to look like
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