Rabies Vaccination Can Cause Rabies Symptoms In Dogs

What do you do when you get that little reminder card in the mail from your vet clinic saying your dog is due for his rabies vaccination? Do you a) ignore it or b) dutifully bring your dog in for his shots? If your answer is b, you need to read on.

If you ask your conventional veterinarian about the safety of your dog’s rabies shot, she’ll probably tell you adverse reactions are rare.

That’s because most conventional vets only recognize reactions that happen within a few hours or a day or two of vaccination – known as acute reactions.

These could include allergic or anaphylactic reactions like facial swelling, itching or difficulty breathing, or local reactions like swelling or abscesses at the vaccination site.

But if you ask the vet if your dog’s seizures, goopy eyes, poop eating habit, destructive behavior or separation anxiety could be due to rabies vaccination, they’ll probably answer no. But they’d be wrong …

Rabies Vaccinosis

If you’re smart enough to have a homeopathic vet, you might get a different answer when you ask about the safety of the rabies vaccine.

Homeopathic veterinarian Michael Dym DVM says rabies vaccinosis cases have really exploded in his practice in recent years.

What is rabies vaccinosis?

It’s the mental, emotional and physical symptoms that result from rabies vaccination.

Many of Dr Dym’s patients are suffering from chronic conditions that started after they received their rabies vaccination.

What’s even more alarming is that, in some cases, rabies vaccinosis can be inherited.

This means puppies who haven’t been vaccinated are showing vaccinosis symptoms, which have been passed down from their parents.

Rabies vaccinosis cases can be very challenging, as the symptoms run very deep.

Rabies vaccinosis symptoms can include chronic mental, emotional or neurological issues that are very hard to treat.

Why Does It Happen?

If your dog were to get rabies, it would attack his brain and cause the Old Yeller symptoms we know so well.

The rabies vaccine, because it contains a small amount of rabies virus, can cause the exact same symptoms … but on a smaller scale.

After a rabies vaccination, your dog may suffer from low-grade brain inflammation. This is why many rabies vaccinosis symptoms are not just physical, but mental and emotional as well.

Rabies Vaccinosis Symptoms

A lot of rabies vaccinosis symptoms are things you might consider “normal” in your dog – or you think it’s just a behavior or training issue.

Does your dog have fear issues?

Does he eat weird things like socks?

Does he go crazy when you turn on the garden hose?

Does he like to hang out in dark corners?

These subtle signs can all be rabies vaccinosis.

Many of these are problems you wouldn’t think to associate with vaccination …

… but when you compare them to actual rabies symptoms, the link becomes very obvious.

Behavioral Changes

Some of the most common rabies vaccinosis symptoms are changes in behavior.

Rabid animals may be aggressive or suspicious … so your dog may become aggressive, reactive or fearful after a rabies vaccine.

Rabid animals can develop fear of being alone and, in dogs with rabies vaccinosis, this can translate into separation anxiety, which is an increasingly common problem in dogs today.

Animals with rabies often travel long distances and try to escape confinement. So if your dog’s an escape artist, think rabies vaccinosis.

Eating Inappropriate Objects

When dogs eat inappropriate things like sticks or stones or even their own stools, most people assume it’s a training issue – but it happens a lot after rabies vaccination. Destroying or shredding blankets or bedding is common in animals with rabies and dogs may start doing this after vaccination.

Self Mutilation

Rabid animals may bite at themselves. Dogs who chew their own tails or feet can also be suffering from rabies vaccinosis.

Heart Conditions

Inflammation of the heart muscle, disturbed heart function, irregular rhythm or heart failure are all rabies symptoms that can appear after vaccination.

You might not think vaccines play a role in heart disease, but common conditions like mitral valve insufficiency (known as leaky heart valve) or dilated cardiomyopathy can be caused by rabies vaccination.

As an example, most people think the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s predisposition to heart disease is just genetic … but Dr Larry Glickman at Purdue University found that Cavalier King Charles Spaniels developed antibodies against their own heart tissue after vaccination.

(TIP: Would you like to learn if your dog is receiving unnecessary vaccines that could harm him? Download our free Vaccine Guide and the handy chart will tell you how many unnecessary vaccines your dog gets.)

Eye Issues

Rabid animals often can’t close their eyes and the cornea becomes dry and dull.

It’s very common for dogs to develop eye issues like conjunctivitis, red eye, inflamed or gunky eyes after a rabies vaccination. The chronic condition dry eye is an autoimmune disease of the tear ducts.
Reverse Sneezing

Rabid animals may have difficulty breathing, experiencing jerky breathing or throat spasms.

In rabies vaccinosis this shows up as reverse sneezing – an extremely common symptom. Toy breeds often do it, but some larger dogs to too.

Reverse sneezing sounds like a choking noise, as if the airways are constricting. If you put your hand under your dog’s chin you can often feel his throat spasms.

Excessive Sexual Desire

Rabid animals often experience excessive sexual desire and this also happens to dogs with rabies vaccinosis.

This is more than just ‘”humping” or mounting behavior … it’s intense hypersexuality and can even happen in neutered dogs.

Paralysis and Loss of Muscle Control

Rabies can cause different kinds of paralysis.

After vaccination, dogs can lose control over their legs or experience disc problems in the spine.

Dachshunds are prone to disc issues because of their long backs … but these problems are often triggered after a rabies vaccine.

Degenerative myelopathy and wobbler disease (common in Dobermans) can also develop after vaccination.

Rabid animals often lose control over the muscles in their face and can no longer chew or swallow food. The autoimmune condition MMM (masticatory muscle myositis) that prevents dogs from swallowing can appear after vaccination.

Dogs who are sloppy drinkers or eaters usually have a neurological weakness in the mouth stemming from vaccination.


Another neurological symptom of rabies, seizures can often appear after rabies vaccination.
Fear of Water

Fear of water – or hydrophobia – is a symptom of rabies that can be a vaccinosis symptom.

Dogs can also be afraid of walking over shiny surfaces or of bright lights. Other dogs can be obsessed with water or shiny things and will chase a moving light or reflection.

Richard Pitcairn DVM PhD compiled the following chart comparing natural rabies symptoms to clinical conditions after rabies vaccination; this chart was part of a presentation by Dr Pitcairn in 1993.

Treatment of Rabies Vaccinosis

Conventional veterinary treatment doesn’t have many ways to treat these chronic conditions.

Fortunately homeopathy can help a lot of animals.

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If your homeopathic vet believes your dog is sick from a rabies vaccine, she’ll look at your dog’s symptoms and choose the remedy that best matches your dog’s symptoms.

This can be a long process with different remedies used over time, as the different “layers” of disease are treated.

Some of the remedies most often used to treat rabies vacccinosis are:  CONTINUED>>>