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Could an interacation with the rabies vaccine caused my dog’s death?

Would you happen to know if there could have been a drug interaction with a rabies shot that my dog had.

She had a congestive heart condition and got progressively worse after the shot and died within 3 weeks of getting the shot.

I am heartbroken and need to know if I did something wrong in getting her vaccinated.




2 Responses to “Could an interacation with the rabies vaccine caused my dog’s death?”

  1. Rose - Customer Care says:

    Dear Bud,

    We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog.

    Unfortunately, it’s hard to know if the rabies shot was a contributing factor in her death, but it is entirely possible that it could have been, as rabies shots have been know to produce side effect reactions in some dogs.

    The thing is you, as a responsible pet owner, were doing what you thought was right for your dog, and your vet, also responsible for the health of your pet (I’m assuming this was a regular vet and not a vaccine clinic) would also have some knowledge on what might happen when she was vaccinated.

    Most of the time it’s impossible to predict such a reaction will occur unless it has happened in the past to your pet.

    Unfortunately there is a point where our furry friends have to leave us as their lives don’t last as long as ours do. Although the shot may have shortened your dog’s life, it may not be a factor in her death at all and unless you have her autopsied, you’ll probably never know.

    If you believe that your dog is not totally gone and has just passed, then know that your dog does not blame you for your care of her. She understands.

    Customer Care

    PS. There is an important study that is being done on the subject of rabies vaccinations and the need to vaccinate dogs as often as we do. I am including this information for you to review. Here is an email I personally received recently:


    The goal of The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust is to extend the legally required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then 7 years, based on the findings of the rabies challenge studies currently underway at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. If the studies’ results demonstrate that the rabies vaccine confers 5, and possibly 7, years of immunity, there would be a significant impact on controlling rabies and reducing adverse reactions associated with the vaccine.

    Today I am writing to ask for your help. The Rabies Challenge Fund relies on donations to finance the multi-year challenge studies that began in November 2007. Due to the economic downturn, the Fund has a $125,000 shortfall for the third year of the studies, scheduled for this fall. This deficit threatens the future of the research.

    Costs for the studies’ third year are $175,000. Since January, we have raised nearly $50,000 of that amount. We need to have eighty percent of the total funding for the year’s budget in hand to begin the third year of the studies. Please contribute what you can, as soon as you can. All donations received will be used to finance the direct research costs of the rabies challenge studies.

    With your help, we can raise the $125,000 necessary to complete the third year of the 5 and 7-year rabies challenge studies. Tax-exempt donations can be mailed to The Rabies Challenge Fund, c/o Hemopet, 11330 Markon Drive, Garden Grove, CA 92841. Credit card donations can be phoned in to Hemopet (specify they are for The Rabies Challenge Fund) by calling (714) 891-2022, ext. 13.

    Thank you for your support of this important work.


    Kris L. Christine
    Founder, Co-Trustee
    The Rabies Challenge Fund

    Successful efforts by The Rabies Challenge Fund over the past year leading to changes in state rabies laws/municipal ordinances to the 3 year national standard:

    Cheyenne, Wyoming
    Wichita, Kansas
    State of Alabama
    State of Arkansas
    State of Rhode Island

    The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization [Fed. EIN # 84-6390682].

  2. cyndiann says:

    Your vet should have known better than to give a vaccination, especially rabies, to a sick dog. All vaccinations are to be given only to totally healthy animals. Rabies vaccines have been known to cause heart problems. I lost a dog to that just last year and I feel it happened because he was over vaccinated.

    The vaccine manufacturers state right in the literature that comes with the vaccine that it’s only for healthy animals yet countless vets ignore it anyway.

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