Rabies vaccine for older, ill dogs

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  1. Welsh girl

    Welsh girl Funster Life Member

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    We have to have a new rabies shot for susie for coming back into Britain after spending the winter in france...as she is now 14 years old and reading on the net the dangers of the rabies vaccine especially for older ill dogs, she is on heart medicine and water tablets for fluid retention, I want to know if any other dogs have had a bad reaction to the rabies vaccine.
    We are considering postponing our trip as we don't want this vaccine to do any irreparable damage to our Susie's already bad and enlarged heart, she has congenital heart disease.

    I would rather spend her last months in Britain than put her through anything like the side effects I have read about, she started getting aggressive to other dogs at exactly the time she had her last rabies vaccine and have at last realised that some of the changes in her are due to the rabies vaccine.

    So any advice would be very gratefully received???
     
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    isn't the requirement being dropped after Christmas.
     
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    The wife as just had hers put she still foaming from the mouth:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    No, not being dropped. The rules are changing but rabies jab still ESSENTIAL.

    Best thing is to visit your vet, who knows your dog and her medical history. I've not noticed any problems with any of mine after their boosters, but they are still quite young.

    From January 2012 the blood test is no longer necessary and a dog, cat or ferret may travel into the UK 21 days after a rabies jab.
     
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    Just had a look at the defra website and the vaccine is still essential but wanted to know the inns and out of out of the effects of the vaccine especially on an older dog, anyone have any first hand knowledge?
    As to the vet knowing her history, not one vet will know it as we move around a lot and have visited numerous vets here and in Ireland, we had to produce some history from other vets to get continuing medicine for her heart problem.
     
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    Will be interested to see what happens with this, as one of our dogs failed the blood test and had to have rabies jab again, followed by another blood test. How will they know if rabies jab has taken.
     
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