Rabies Vaccine and Rear End Paralysis – Is There A Connection?
I recently stumbled across a post regarding the rabies vaccine and rear end paralysis in dogs that I wanted to share with you.
The UK is supposedly conducting an ongoing health survey on thousands of dogs. “The Canine Health Sensus” aka the health survey uncovered a correlation between the rabies vaccine and rear end paralysis in dogs.
According to the Sensus”, 69% of dogs with rear end paralysis ended up that way within three months of a rabies vaccine.
I’ve written other articles on the problems with over vaccinating. Although correlation we know isn’t fact, with numbers like this – I would hope that we would hear more about it. As I read further, the message grew even stronger.
Back in 2008, there was an article published in Whole Dog News regarding how cases involving back problems, rear end paralysis and hind end weakness in dogs are increasing. The article talked about specific cases of dog owners who had put their dog’s to sleep due to lameness and rear end paralysis – not connecting the two right away. In many cases the problem was associated with old age.
According to the article, the rabies vaccine causes demyelination which is the self-destruction of the insulation surrounding the nerves of the central nervous system.
When this happens, it disrupts the signals being passed by the nerves. This is what leads to many of physical and mental problems as well that we are now seeing in dogs. Fear, aggression, phobias, paralysis, epilepsy and so on.
Apparently there is plenty of research done in India due to the large number of animal bites and rabies vaccinations. Reports indicate that many of these people develop autoimmune and neurological problems. Symptoms often associated with Multiple Sclerosis as well as acute de-myelination disorders appear with an incidence rate of 1 in 300. Even though these numbers are based upon human incidents; dogs are most likely in this same range.
I would like you to think about this for a minute. The above incident rate was based upon individual people receiving one single vaccine.
It doesn’t surprise me that there may be a connection between the rabies vaccine and rear end paralysis. Here’s an example from the article which would be based upon a dog receiving a rabies vaccine yearly:
“By age 10 the average dog would have received 10 rabies shots, leading to a 1 in 30 chance of developing this condition.” The author goes on to say “This is much more in keeping with what I have sadly observed.”
If you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend that you read my article on dog vaccinations. This article includes required vaccinations and discusses the importance of understanding the preferred use of a”single vaccine” vs multiple vaccines.
You can read also read the original article from Whole Dog News here.