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another new puppy related anxiety
« on: February 06, 2014, 08:51:14 AM »
 i knew this was going to happen. i am getting all kinds of anxiety from getting a dog.  here is the latest one...

rabies. 
she is a puppy and doesn't have rabies, however she will be getting a rabies vaccine soon.  i am frightened that when she gets the shot, it may be a live virus type of vaccine and that i could possibly get the virus from her when she licks, bites, breathes on me.

i have an auto-immune disorder and this makes me even more scared.

does anyone know if the rabies vaccine could do this?
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014, 08:56:37 AM »
No way a rabies vaccine could infect the dog with rabies to the point where it will be infectious to you! I've never heard of anything like that and I actually studied rabies because I was afraid of getting it lol.
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2014, 08:58:27 AM »
what if it doesn't affect her but it does me because of my blood disorder? is that possible

for example, my family can't get the nasal flu vaccine because it's a live virus and i can't be around that.
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2014, 09:12:06 AM »
I think for extra safety you should talk to an immunologist about your particular condition.
From what I know and what I have read, vaccination can CAUSE an autoimmune disease but I doubt an autoimmune disease will make you catch rabies from a vaccinated pet. Just to be extra sure, talk to a doctor.
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2014, 09:14:34 AM »
is the rabies vaccine a live vaccine?
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2014, 09:19:19 AM »
No, it doesn't contain live virus. Just inactivated virus to stimulate the immune response. It can't and doesn't cause any infection.
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2014, 09:22:09 AM »
ok i think that means i would be ok. right?

i get the flu vaccine myself, and other  ones too, like pneumonia and tetnus, etc. so as long as it is not live  i should be good.  i think.
damn, i thought i was gonna be able to get rid of the puppy! ;)
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 09:28:43 AM »
I'm pretty sure you will be OK.

But do ask your veterinarian anyway whether they use inactivated or a modified live vaccine. Depending on your country, different legislation may apply. If it's inactivated then you need not worry at all.

Anyway, just remember that there are many people out there that have pets and some of them probably have autoimmune diseases too. If there were ANY concern at all about what you mentioned, you would have heard about it. I don't think there was ever a case of that happening, especially not with the newer generation vaccines.

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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2014, 09:33:48 AM »
i am in the US - thanks!
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2014, 09:56:36 AM »
Hi Reece,

My whole family has two or three auto immune diseases. From Hashimoto's to liver disorders and have had many pets, dogs and cats vaccinated, and no indication whatsoever to affect us. Our pets have improved our quality of life and that is a key to control any auto immune flare.

I really think you will be ok with your puppy's rabies shot. And if you are very concerned, you could seek an immunologist's opinion.

Best of luck!
Tal
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2014, 10:20:55 AM »
i'm not sure why, but i'm nervous still.
what if my vet uses a modified live virus, doesn't really know it, and says it's not live?
geez.


the blood disorder i have is chronic neutropenia which makes me more prone to infections/disease, etc  - although it is mild.
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2014, 11:13:24 AM »
i left a message for my dr.however,now, i'm freaking out again. my records from the vet show the vaccines that she has gotten so far(parvo, distemper, etc)were modified live vaccines,  i'm praying that those diseases are canine diseases only and cannot be transmitted to humans, even through biting...because she sure does like to bite me.

i know that in a NORMAL person they cannot be transmitted that way, otherwise everyone with a puppy would have these diseases....but since i have the blood disorder, i wonder if i could get it?

surely this is just a freak out overreaction HA thing, right?
i'm so scared.
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2014, 11:30:44 AM »
ok, so my dr's nurse called back and said as long as it was not a live virus rabies vaccine then it would be fine.what if my vet doesn't know for sure? how can i trust it?

i never wanted a puppy and this is why. i'm miserable. my anxiety is through the roof.
not to mentioned she already got those vaccines that were Modified Live.
my husband says humans can't get distemper or parvo. but i am not believing him.
i'm sitting here crying and freaking out.

help.
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2014, 02:23:51 PM »
Hi again,

You need to breathe and relax. My mom is on a liver transplant list from an auto immune liver disease and she is on immunosupressants and has to be extremely cautious to get any type of infection. Her transplant team of doctors never warned her about her pets. She has both dogs and cats. In fact they always ask us about her pets, knowing that they bring so much joy to her. I am very confident that you will be ok with your dog. If you don't want a dog and you are not able to handle the responsibility of owning a dog, you should not have adopted one. Pets are family and need to be treated responsibly.

I wish you all the best and hope you can find peace with your situation.

Tal
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Re: another new puppy related anxiety
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2014, 02:29:14 PM »
You cannot get distemper or parvo...it is impossible, no matter what blood disorders you have.  The number of diseases that can cross species lines in very small.  I have handled horses that had ehv (equine herpes virus) which manifests in horses with flu-like symptoms, that does not mean I was ever at risk for contracting herpes!  You need to try to calm down.  I know this is hard but working yourself into a tizzy will not help.  Remember that these vaccines go into your dog's muscle, beneath the skin.  There is nothing on the surface that you could come into contact with.  Unless you are a vampire and drink the dog's blood (ew! and lol) you will never come into any contact with the vaccines themselves and even if you did you would not be harmed by them.  Hang in there!
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