Severe Reaction to Rabies Vaccination
Here we go again. Lily had a severe reaction to her first adult rabies vaccination. It was a strange one for sure. She developed hives several hours after the vaccination. I called the Vet and he wanted to see her right a way. I only live 5 minutes from the office and by the time I got her into the office she had just stopped breathing. They were able to revive her and she is doing great now. They kept her at the hospital overnight and she came home today. From the time I saw the first hives and the time she went into anaphylactic shock was at most 15 minutes.
This is the third dog in 30 years that has had a rabies vaccination reaction, but this one was by far the worst. The other two were almost immediate reactions while we were still in the office. After the first one 30 years ago I always insisted that if vaccinations were due, they were done at least a week apart so we would know which had caused the reaction.
I know that there are some first time dog owners here and I just wanted them to be aware of this possibility. I know that it is rare for these reactions, but they do happen. For us, it has never happened with their puppy rabies vaccination, but it has always been with their first adult rabies vaccination.
We are lucky that she is home now and cuddled up with her Lucy and Ethel.