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What is Adverse Reaction to Rabies Vaccine?

Cats need to have a rabies vaccine to protect them, especially if they are outdoors and have the potential of having personal contact with other animals that could be affected with the rabies virus. In the United States, the number of reported rabies cases in cats exceeds the number of cases in dogs. Rabies is a major health concern since it is able to be passed between species and to humans. 

In most states, it is mandatory for your cat to have the rabies vaccine. Some counties allow for a three year vaccine to be given while others require a yearly vaccine. Be sure to research your county’s laws regarding vaccinations for your cat. If you are unsure about what vaccinations are required by law for your cat, contact your veterinarian for assistance.

Generally, if your cat has a reaction to the rabies vaccine it will be minor. There have been cases, though, where the reaction is life threatening. When your veterinarian administers the rabies vaccination to your cat, be sure to watch your cat closely for several hours for any signs of having an adverse or allergic reaction.

Symptoms of Adverse Reaction to Rabies Vaccine in Cats

Your cat may exhibit mild symptoms of an adverse or allergic reaction to the rabies vaccine. Those symptoms will generally lessen over a few days and then disappear. Your cat may also develop serious symptoms from their vaccine that will need definite veterinary intervention and treatment. If you notice any of these symptoms, mild or severe, contact your veterinarian for an immediate appointment. 

Symptoms of a mild reaction or allergy to the rabies vaccine in cats include:

  • Vomiting
  • Swelling at the injection site
  • Pain at or near the injection site
  • Fever (low grade)
  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite loss
  • Lethargy
  • Itching 
  • Sneezing 

Symptoms of a serious reaction to the rabies vaccine in cats include: 

Vaccine Associated Fibrosarcoma

This is the development of a cancerous tumor at the injection site. The tumor can develop from a few weeks to a year after the vaccination has been given.

Organ Damage

The protein that is in the rabies vaccine can potentially damage your cat’s kidneys, liver and/or central nervous system. Organ damage can occur up to 45 days after the vaccination has been given. 

Anaphylactic Shock

Immediate veterinary care is required if your cat experiences anaphylactic shock, death can occur quickly without prompt treatment. Symptoms of anaphylactic shock include facial swelling, difficulty breathing, coma, seizures, 

Vaccine Induced Rabies

This is extremely rare and only can occur with the live-virus vaccine. Cats will show symptoms within 14 days of the vaccine being administered.

Causes of Adverse Reaction to Rabies Vaccine in Cats

An adverse reaction will occur when your cat is exposed to some form of allergen, in this case, something within the rabies vaccine, and its immune system begins attacking itself. Many times when a cat has a rabies vaccine reaction, it is from the live virus vaccine or from the chemical compounds that are added into the vaccine so they are more effective. Another cause of having a reaction to the rabies virus can be when multiple vaccinations are given at the same time.

Diagnosis of Adverse Reaction to Rabies Vaccine in Cats

Your veterinarian will begin their assessment of your cat by asking about your cat’s medical history including any recent vaccinations, diet changes or environmental changes. They will then conduct a physical examination. A urinalysis, fecal exam, complete blood count and biochemistry panel may be completed to rule out other possible causes of the adverse reaction.

Treatment of Adverse Reaction to Rabies Vaccine in Cats

Once your veterinarian has determined the cause of your cat’s reaction, they will discuss treatment options with you. Usually, mild cases will not require treatments unless it is an antihistamine and/or corticosteroid to stop itching or sneezing. Anti-inflammatories may be given to reduce swelling. 

If your cat has developed a more serious adverse reaction or allergy to the rabies vaccine, your veterinarian will need to administer treatments. These treatments will probably be supportive care in the form of intravenous fluid therapy, oxygen therapy and close monitoring of their vital signs. 

If your cat has gone into anaphylactic shock, emergency measures will need to be taken to keep your cat’s airways open so they are able to breathe. Oxygen support will most likely be necessary. Epinephrine will be given as well as antihistamines.

Recovery of Adverse Reaction to Rabies Vaccine in Cats

Your veterinarian can help you protect your cat from developing a serious rabies vaccine allergy, or another reaction once they know that your cat is sensitive to the vaccine. Using only inactive or dead virus vaccines may help your cat not have as severe of a reaction. Also, ask your veterinarian if three year rabies vaccine will suffice or if your county requires a yearly vaccine. 

Have your veterinarian set a vaccination schedule that prevents your cat from getting more than one vaccine at a time. Prior to giving the rabies vaccine, ask your veterinarian about administering an antihistamine to reduce the allergic reaction that your cat experiences.

Adverse Reaction to Rabies Vaccine Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Joy
White with dark spots
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat is 10 Year’s old and had Rabies vaccine ( last one was 3 years ago) and FVRCPC 4 days ago. Since we brought her back , she is very lethargic, walks very slow ( one of her front leg seems like is hurting) and not sure if the legs on the back are ok also: walk very slow and she has problems getting up in our bed- no strength- which is all new. She was a very active cat. She feels traumatized and even afraid of us. When she walks, she walks along the walls more .... So far she eats soft food and goes to the bathroom . She sleeps all day and night ; just gets up to eat and go to the bathroom. How long the symptoms at the injection site can last ?( she is only used to us, so probably she fought a lot at the Vet when they gave her the vaccine ) . How long this lethargy or side effects from these 2 vaccine can last ? I saw that other cats had paralyzed legs... this can still happen to my cat also ? How would I know if her kidneys and liver , or nervous system are affected ? Would these side effects can still appear after these 4 days from the vaccination ? She had no anesthesia given or other meds. The producer for the Rabies vaccine is : Zoetis and the type is : Killed virus.Product name: Defensor 3 Rabies Vaccine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes cats can feel a little bit groggy from the vaccine as it provokes an immune system response just like when they are sick, some animals respond well whilst others may be lethargic for a week or so; many times it is due to the rabies vaccines, but one week of lethargy every three years compared with a rabies infection is worth it in my opinion. Ride it out, but if Joy is feeling the same on Friday, just check in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Stephen can you tell me how your cat is now. I'm dealing with a very sick kitty myself after a rabies vaccine. She's sneezing a lot. And very very tired.

I'm over here in Germany. My cat received the Virbagen Tollwutimpfstoff, Virbac rabies shot. 4 days later my cat can no longer use his back legs well enough to jump on the bed either, and is also much more lethargic. His previous rabies shot was 5 years ago... Sorina, what ever happend with your cat?

Thank you very much for your response . She seems a bit better this morning ( cleaned herself a bit and attempted a stretch ). She continues to eat and drink water, but still very slow in movements and weak . Will monitor her for now . Thank you , Sorina

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Ivy
Domestic Tabby
9 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up

My cat is 9 months old and just got her first 1 year rabies shots and threw up once already I don’t know if it’s because she ate a lot when we got home but wasn’t sure, just wanted to be on the safe side, she has just been laying around.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vomiting may occur after rabies vaccination and is a common side effect, wait a little time and offer some boiled chicken chunks to see if they can be kept down; if the vomiting continues or you notice other symptoms including fever, excessive thirst, lethargy or anything else concerning visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mercy
Pixie-bob
2
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My 2 year old make cat just got a benadryl shot followed by rabies shot. His face swelled the last time and he was out of his mind. Now 2 hours later he is vomitting and his face is swelling again...help...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Mercy is having a severe reaction again to the rabies vaccine, you should return to your Veterinarian especially if the swelling is interfering with her breathing; apart from Benadryl which was given already there is nothing else over the counter I can recommend for you given the circumstances. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hope
Cat
9 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepy

We got the rabies shot from the district vet, we were supposed to give 1ml per cat and my husband did not listen and gave my 9week old cat 2ml. Will this be a major issue.

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Polly
Domestic shorthair
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

leg is paralyzed

My friends cat had a rabies vaccine and now her leg is totally paralyzed! I go to the same vets.
They told her the cats leg needs to be amputated.Is this the only option? And is this common?
I'm afraid to take my cat back for his rabies shot.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Paralysis induced by a modified live rabies vaccines has been documented, cases usually do not resolve; I would recommend discussing the case with your Veterinarian or visiting another Veterinarian for another opinion. Another course of action would be to speak with the manufacturer of the vaccine for more specific information about other cases reported back. As for your own cat, if you live in an area affected by rabies (few countries are rabies free) it would be best to have your cat vaccinated as the benefits outweigh any risks. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I've had many animals have rabies shots and the two cats i have now receive the shot once a year never any reactions. I feel like that was a fluke reaction. I'd never miss a vaccine especially this one a mouse could wander into your house and give your pets rabies or they could be bitten by a carrier animal at the vets office you just never know. I'd just find a different vet maybe.

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Boo
Persian
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lays around and won't come out

My cat was given a rabies shot and a fvrcpp shot when I took him to get groomed and he had to be sedated afterwards so they could groom him and he has not wanted to do anything but lay around doesn't come out from under the dresser and he's still wobbly he doesn't want to play or he doesn't meow or peer just stays under dresser .comes out to use bathroom and goes right back how soon before he gets back to old self he always sleeps on bed with me and he has not even jumped on the furniture

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Were the vaccination and sedation done by a Veterinarian? It is difficult to know how long the effects of sedation will last because it depends on which specific meds were given to sedate Boo. Generally most cases like this will resolve overnight but if there is no improvement by morning you should visit your Veterinarian for a check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jazzy
short hair
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea vomiting loss of appetite

My cat got her rabies and distemper vaccinations on Tuesday, and starting on Saturday she began to have these symptoms. I just want to know what I can do for her or if she should be seen. She does not seem to be in any pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lethargy, loss of appetite and other gastrointestinal symptoms are not uncommon in kittens after a rabies vaccination; I would give Jazzy a few more days but make sure she is hydrated, if there is no improvement by Thursday or Friday you should visit your Veterinarian for a check up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Forest
Cat
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

Forest had a rabies shot and a booster leukemia shot yesterday. She has hardly moved from her spot. She has not eaten, drank, or gone to the bathroom in over 24 hrs. She hisses when I touch her. She tried to walk but loses her balance. Her back end is swollen.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It seems that Forrest might be having a reaction to her vaccine. She should have a recheck with your veterinarian to have anti-inflammatory medication given, and in the future, it would be a good idea to have them give her an anti-inflammatory medication before her vaccines, to prevent this.

Thank you for your advice. I was very worried about her.

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Scout
short hair
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

My kitten has recently received the rabies vaccine and has been neutered the same day, I was not told any of the symptoms when I was given him. (He was adopted) he can’t stop sneezing after 4 days he has a nosebleed on one nostril. What could this mean?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some cats tolerate the rabies vaccine without incident and others have adverse reactions; sneezing is a possible side effect of the vaccination and repetitive sneezing may cause nose bleeds when done over a period of time. For the time being, keep an eye on Scout but I would suggest you visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side to determine if the bleeding is due to the rabies vaccine or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stray
American Shorthair
One Year
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

aggressive

Hi, we have rescued an injured stray cat. Before we adopt it, how do we assure ourselves this feline is safe? This cat had been a bit aggressive lately and bitten several people when they tried to catch it just so they can bring it home to nurse its injury.

I checked with our local vet and was told that if we send the cat for rabies test, it would mean euthanizing the cat. Sobs. But if we don't do the test, we don't feel safe adopting the cat, plus, we need to protect the few people it had bitten. The people had since taken rabies and tetanus jabs. The pet shop owner said the cat doesn't show symptoms of rabies currently but we never know, as the incubation period can be up to a year.

My question is, if the cat is already a carrier of the rabies virus, what will happen if we give it a rabies vaccine shot? The pet shop owner told us if the cat is infected, and upon given the vaccine, it will die. Is this true? I am thinking whether we can use the vaccine to 'test' for rabies instead of euthanizing the cat, If the cat is infected, upon given the vaccine, it will die, but in any case, it will die because of its infection. If the cat is not infected, then by giving the vaccine serves it well towards its adoption. Am I right to say that by giving the rabies vaccine to the cat will both answer our question if the cat is infected/carrier of rabies virus, plus it helps if the cat is to be adopted. Thank you very much for your valuable help.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Gina, thank you for contacting us about this stray cat. Vaccinating him for Rabies won't kill him if he is infected with the Rabies virus. It is true that an animal can be infected with Rabies for quite some time without showing signs, but if the cat is aggressive because it is showing signs of Rabies, the time frame to severe signs and death from the disease is less than 10 days. Typically, we quarantine animals for 10 days if they have bitten and we are concerned about Rabies. With this cat, there would be no harm in having it vaccinated to prevent Rabies if it hasn't ever been vaccinated. In the meantime, avoid getting bitten or scratched by the cat if possible!

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Krum
Domestic long hair
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors

My 12 yr old male,strictly indoor, cat received a rabies vaccine approx 10 hours ago and has been having bad muscle spasms in all 4 legs. First noticed spasms 4 hours ago but it only lasted a second, for the last hour though, it’s been happening repeatedly. He’s never had this reaction after a rabies vaccine before, should I be concerned?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thanks for contacting us about Krum. That doesn't sound like a typical reaction to vaccines - sometimes animals experience a little soreness at the area of the injection, or get a little fever. MOre sever reactions can include a swollen face or collapse. I'm not sure that the spasms are related to the vaccine, unless he is painful and that is how he is showing it. It would be a good idea to have him rechecked at his vet to make sure that there isn't anything else going on and that he is okay.

seizures are listed as side effects of rabies vaccinations

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feral cat
dsh
13 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I had two feral cats neutered at humane society 2 weeks ago along with rabies vaccine. Seemed ok for the first week and then both started to back away from food. I caught one of the cats today and put him in a cage in the garage. He is salivating and very lethargic. The rabies vaccine was a killed virus. I wonder if he has been poisoned. I am going to keep him isolated. I wish there was more that I could do. could this be from the rabies vaccine?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is very unlikely that the signs that he is diplaying are related to the Rabies vaccine. I would be careful, however - without knowing any history on these cats, it is hard to know what might be wrong with them. It would be a good idea to take them back to the shelter for an exam and possible quarantine - there are many infectious diseases that he may be affected by, but if he wasn't at the shelter for very long and just got his Rabies vaccine 2 weeks ago, he could still have been harboring Rabies. Please do not let him bite or scratch you, and it woul dbe a good idea to take him back for observation/exam to the shelter.

thankyou for replying to my question. the shelter does not do follow up on these feral cats. I have the option of euthanasia. I have him in my garage and have been able
to get him to eat. I think this is a virus, possibly when he was neutered. He is being kept warm and contained. This all I am able to do. My concern is my beautiful cat who has eosinophil granuloma complex and does not have any vaccines, so am doing my best to keep everything sterile. thank you for taking the time to respond

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Pip
Unknown shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I got my cats first set of rabies vaccine on Tuesday. He’s been throwing up since. Like everything he eats. He’s sore at the injection sites too. No other symptoms. But it started that day after he came home.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for email. I'm sorry that Pip isn't feeling good. If he still seems sore and is vomiting, he should be rechecked by his veterinarian to treat him if he needs medication to help him stop reacting to his vaccine, if he is reacting. I hope that he is okay!

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Rebecca
Bengal
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appeti
vomiting, diarrhea, loss of app
Lethargy

My 4 month old Bengal kitten just got her rabies shot 4 days ago. She had decreased appetite for two days then she just completely stopped eating and had no interest in food or her treats. She is also vomiting and has diarrhea. She has not eaten in two days and she is always in bed sleeping. She just got up to use the bathroom and drink water. What can I do to help her? What should I do? I feel helpless just watching her like this. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some cats (and dogs) have no adverse reactions to rabies vaccination whilst others have some type of reaction, in these cases it is important to ensure that Rebecca is hydrated and is comfortable. I would recommend that you return to your Veterinarian to give her a once over and to ensure that she isn’t dehydrated or showing any other worrying symptoms; it is also important so that your Veterinarian can note the reaction that Rebecca had so that steps can be taken for the next vaccination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Silly
Tortie, white with orange spots
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My cat is a stray (about 2 years old) that decided to move into my home about 2 weeks ago. Since then he has been a sweet and calm cat. I took him to animal welfare 2 days ago for his first shots, along with my 3 8 month old kittens. Last night i awoke to him throwing up clear liquid 3 times. He is the only one showing anything wrong after the shots.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vomiting, diarrhoea, discomfort, fever and other symptoms may occur after rabies vaccination; if there are signs of distress or high fever you should visit a Veterinarian immediately. If there is vomiting, you should make sure that Silly is hydrated and offer small bites of plain boiled chicken to see if he can keep it down; if you don’t see any improvement visit a Veterinarian before the weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
DOMESTIC
15 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

My cat was in great health, blood work all normal even for her old age. She was given a rabies vaccine, and within weeks stopped eating completely and ultimately an ultra sound found masses. I had to put her down Friday Jan 5th as there was no recourse. My question is could this vaccine have caused this other wise healthy fur baby of mine to become so ill that she had to be put down.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It seems quite unlikely that the Rabies vaccine caused all of the sadness for Zoey. It seems that it may have been a coincidence, as sad as that may be. Without having seen her, I can't really comment on what might have happened, but there wouldn't' be any connection in my mind between that vaccine and the abdominal masses. I am sorry for your loss of Zoey.

My 14 year old male cat got a full panel of blood work on June 2nd and all came back perfect. At the same time he received his rabies shot and revolution. Within a couple days he started running a fever, not eating, and very weak. I took him back in and they said he had an infection in his body somewhere. They gave him antibiotics and fluids and redid his blood work, which showed his red blood cells dropping. Our vet put him on prednisone and pain medicine. Took him home and no improvement. Took him back again and they did an ultrasound and said he had kidney stones, his spleen was enlarged, and some of his organs looked like they had lymphoma. Took him back home with more medicine and nothing was working. Took him back July 23rd and his red blood cell count was critically low and I had to put him to sleep as the vet said there was nothing more to do. It just seems so coincidental that all this happened right after his rabies shot. How does a healthy cat on June 2 die on July 23rd? Beyond heartbroken.

our once healthy 7 year old cat also had an experience like that. Received his rabies vaccine and become extremely ill. Would not eat or drink for 3 days. Got better ... and now back to being sick . He lost a lot of weight and throws up every other day. If you have an indoor only cat do not vaccinate for rabies. Our cat has not been the same since and prob. won't live very much longer.

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Gray
tabby
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diet

My cat is 6 mos old and just got his first rabies vaccine and had a bad reaction where his face swelled up, now that he is better from that he hasn’t been drinking water, can cats get rabies from the vaccine?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Cats can't get Rabies from the vaccine, no - it is a killed form of the virus. Some cats an have reactions to the vaccine, and feel feverish for a day or two afterwards. If he is not eating or drinking water, your veterinarian can provide treatment for him so that he feels better. Make sure that you mention this reaction the next time he has vaccines, as they need to know that he did have a reaction to it.

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Timon
domestic short hair
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My cat received the rabies vaccine at the beginning of January and I have just noticed a bump in the place it was administered. Should I be concerned that it has been a few weeks and there is still swelling?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that it is just some localised reaction to the vaccination; however it may be an injection site sarcoma but it seems too soon to be that. You should visit your Veterinarian to have Timon checked by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side if the swelling doesn’t seem to go down. Check the links below regarding injection site sarcomas. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/injection-site-sarcoma www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/rbbroch.aspx www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/Feline%20ISS.pdf

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Badger/Captain
tabby
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I have two Male cats that had rabies vaccination Friday afternoon. Early Saturday they both started vomiting. Would eat but could not keep down food. Took them into the vet on Monday. Vet was convinced that they had gotten into something so blood work was done. No toxins came back in blood panel. They gave them injections to calm their stomachs as well as fluids. They have not vomited in over 24 hrs but today they are not wanting to eat. I have tried soft food and they lick the gravy off and they won't touch the hard food. Any suggestions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that happened to your cats, it is unusual but not impossible for them to have a reaction to the Rabies vaccine - is it very strange that it happened to both of them. If they will eat the soft food, you can continue to offer forms of that to them until their appetites are back for the hard food. If they continue to refuse to eat, they should be rechecked at your veterinarian, as they may need continued supportive care. I hope that they are both okay.

my cat had the same issue. Received a 3 year rabies vaccine.. and about 2 days after was deathly ill. Would not eat, drink or even move. By the grace of god he pulled through but to this day is not the same cat. He can only eat small / tiny portions of food or he will throw up and has once shiny, thick fur has been changing to thin fur. I would recommend to stay away from a 3 year booster rabies and rather take my pet once a year for a lower dosage.

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Frisco
Rescue
17 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

I live in FL. I am told by law my cat has to have a rabies shot. He is 17 years old and totally an indoor cat. I worry about adverse reactions. Should I be concerned or just go ahead and get the shot?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Rabies is a human health concern, and is present at some level in most states. There have been many instances where a rabid animal gained access to a house, or a cat accidentaly got outside, and were exposed to Rabies. By law in most states, you need to have your pet vaccinated for Rabies. Even though he doesn't go outside, he should be vaccinated for it. Most Rabies are now licensed for 3 years - check with your veterinarian as to whether he is covered under that 3 year license, or if he does need to be vaccinated. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Clio
Domestic long hair
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Injection site sensitivity
Lesion

My cat got her first rabies shot two and a half weeks ago. Today as I was loving on her I felt a spot in her side. She immediately meowed (a painful type meow; not her normal meow.) I got her to settle down and on her left shoulder area there is a red sore the size of a pencil eraser with a raised ring of skin around it. I think this is where the rabies vaccine was injected. Have you heard of this before?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Vaccines can cause local reactions under the skin, and they can be sore for a couple of weeks. Since I don't have access to her records, I'm not sure if that shoulder was where the vaccine was given, but it is possible that it is related. If so, those reactions typically do resolve over 2-3 weeks. Since she does seem sore, and you're not sure that that is where the vaccine was given, it would be a good idea to have her examined, as vaccines can also cause more serious reactions. Your veterinarian will be able to assess the area, look back in her records to see if that was where her vaccine was given, and decide an appropriate course of treatment, if needed. I hope that Clio does well.

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Abbigail Savannah
Maine Coon
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing
Rapid Breathing, no appetite

Our 15 year old Abbigail (kitty) had the 1yr rabies vaccine...this was the 23rd of January of this yr..2 weeks later she began rapid breathing, no appetite, no drinking and slept continually. Previous to this, she was very healthy. Took her to vet and they sedated her and did chest xray. Found large mass on lung and much fluid in both lungs, thus compromising her airway...is it possible that the rabies vaccine caused this? We had her euthanized on the 13th of Feb...God bless her!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot say that the rabies vaccine was the cause of this mass, masses don’t appear within two weeks and it may have been an underlying condition which wouldn’t be surprising for a 15 year old cat. I understand this is a distressing time for you, but I cannot give you any specific indication to an underlying cause; rabies vaccinations have many side effects but I cannot directly link the two, necropsy would tell you more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rari
Cat
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

My 6 month old kitten got spayed last week at the shelter. She also received the rabies shot. She’s been sneezing a ton for two days now. No other symptoms. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Rari is only sneezing and isn’t showing any other symptoms or signs of distress you can keep an eye on her; sneezing is listed as a side effect of rabies vaccination but should decrease in severity over time. There are many causes for sneezing which may include allergies, irritants, infections, foreign objects among other causes; if there is no improvement or the sneezing gets worse you should visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tootsie
stray
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Imbolility
lack of appetite

My cat had a rabies injections, and on the same day he wouldn’t eat or drink. He is also having trouble moving and shows signs of pain (by meowing) when walking. There is also pain on the lower portion of his body and tenses if it is touched. Is there a problem? Should we go to the vet or will this wear of soon? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not uncommon for adverse reactions to occur after rabies vaccination; the symptoms you are describing sound like this. You should keep an eye on Tootsie but visit your Veterinarian if it seems like she is in pain; lack of appetite, lethargy and a little fever around normal reactions but you should check in with your Veterinarian regardless even calling them for their opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What happened with Tootsie and every others with pain and can't walk. Mine is one of them...

My cat just got his rabbies booster shot, I picked him up to take him to his food bowl to try and eat, he ended up biting me, two small cuts on my hand since the shot is recent should I be worried or go get a rabbies shot as well?

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Busa
Russian Blue
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Swelling

My cat had her distemper and rabies vaccination at 8am today. She’s very lethargic and has some facial swelling around her eyes. She seems to be breathing okay with respiration’s between 21-24 times per minute. Could the swelling be the start of anaphylactic shock or is this normal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is always best to treat allergic reactions quickly, including those to a vaccine, as they may resolve, but the can progress to shock. It would be best to have her seen as soon as possible, either by your veterinarian if they have an after hours number, or at an emergency clinic. They'll be able to assess and treat her to resolve her signs and make sure that she is okay. I hope all goes well with Busa!

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Victor
Domestic shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain in injection site

Medication Used

antibiotic

My cat got his rabies and distemper shot today. My vet also gave him a antibiotic because I saw some blood in his stool. I gave him the antibiotic at 11:30 this morning when I returned from the vet. He has been acting a little different today and when I picked him up he cried when I put the side of his body that got the shot to my body when I held him. Now tonight I’m trying to feed him and give him the antibiotic and he hasn’t wanted the wet food with the antibiotic or water or even the dry food he normally eats.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of appetite and discomfort at the injection site are not unusual after the administration of a rabies vaccine, without examining Victor I cannot say whether or not it is serious; however you should encourage him to at least drink by giving him water drop by drop from your fingers or using a syringe to slowly administer the water. If the loss of appetite continues, you notice fever or any other worrying symptom, return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ninja
Bombay
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My cat had two vaccines together and the Rabies vaccine about 4 hours later. He was silent and quietly shaking on the way home, and has laid down in the same spot at home ever since. He looks sedated. He doesn’t respond to his name. Just stares at the floor. His favorite batting toy holds no interest. He cries if I pick him up, which I did to bring him to the litter box. He has peed that once, but taken no water and just the smallest bit of food. He just lays down with his eyes open and stays still. When I brought him to the kitchen he took a few steps then went back to the couch to lay down. He licks his mouth occasionally like there is some issue with it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lethargy, loss of appetite and other symptoms are possible side effects of the rabies vaccine; normally side effects are self limiting and last for a few days. However, if Ninja isn’t eating or drinking and you’re noticing severe lethargy you should return to your Veterinarian when they open for a check to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mary
Tortoiseshell
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy low appetite pain
Lethargy low appetite
Lethargy

Mary is a 16 year old indoor cat with kidney disease. We give subq fluids every 4-6 days. She has a femur tip injury in right rear leg and limps, has pain. She is very sensitive. Her appetite is low. She stays in her basket all the time except for going potty. I don't feel she is going to live much longer. I doubt she will live another year. Going to the vet takes it out of her for 2 weeks. We have a new house call vet now. Vet said OK to refusing the rabies vaccine, but had me sign a waiver form that essentially gives them the right to confiscate the cat and confine or euthanize her if she bites a staff. What should I do? My goal is to keep her comfortable and basically provide hospice care. Do I "follow the rules" or break rules to protect her? Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Rabies vaccines are required by law in all states, but there are some animals that don't tolerate rabies vaccines, or for other reasons are medically unable to have the vaccine. One option is to have a Rabies titer done, as it will show if she has protective levels of antibodies to Rabies circulating in her system, and would give you some piece of mind if she does bite a person.

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Kitty
Russian Blue
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lathargic

My cat is about 7 mos. I took her to get her rabies shot and she had a reaction. Swelling at site , low grade fever, lethargic, (hard, round, warm). Vet gave her steriod. Shes way more active but still seems tired 2nd day after shot. Is my cat going to die or get cancer? Why didnt vet tell me the possible reactions before the shot instead of after? :'(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Rabies vaccine reactions are uncommon although they may occur, when they do occur the symptoms are pretty much as you have described. Two days afterwards is still early days and it isn’t unusual for a cat to feel a little lethargic for a week or so afterwards. In very rare cases, an injection site sarcoma may form at or near the injection site; but again this is rare. Without examining Kitty I cannot determine how severe the symptoms are and I cannot give you a prognosis, but generally cats improve over time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Patches
dsh
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

had upset stomach but is fine now

Took my cat in for a physical recently, and while there I got his shots updated, so that we will have the necessary documents to evacuate to a shelter during hurricane season, should that become necessary. Patches seems very healthy and happy, but can you please tell me what's up with the scary stuff I have seen online since then about animals developing cancer at the site of their injections? I certainly don't want to cause any harm to my best friend.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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What you are referring to is an injection-site sarcoma which are rare occurring in 1 in every 10,000 to 30,000 vaccinations (AVMA - link below); the problem with the internet is that everyone write about cancer but not the cases where nothing happens so that it looks scary when viewing from the outside as a concerned pet owner. I’ve added some links from reputable sources (a lot of misinformation out there) below from our website, the AVMA and another source on this subject. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/injection-site-sarcoma www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/rbbroch.aspx www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/Feline%20ISS.pdf

Link #1 gives me an "error 404" message; link #2 gives me a blank page, and link #3 says "page cannot be found".

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Coopert
Short hair tabby
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, Shaking head, glassy eyes

My cat is seven years old. He received his first rabies shot at 7 months and had a reaction of vomiting, shaking head, glassy eyes. I live in North Carolina which is required by law, I found a vet here who was okay with not giving him the shot but he has moved, no other vet will see him unless he has the shot. What can I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Most states require Rabies vaccines, by law. If he hasn't had his vaccine since he was 7 months old, he probably should at least have a booster every 3 years. Many cats who have vaccine reactions do quite well if given an injection of an anti-histamine and a steroid before the vaccine. Your veterinarian can keep him for monitoring for the day to alleviate any concerns. The other option would be to have Rabies titers tested for him, but it is unlikely that he has protective titers at this point. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Zuggan
Shrot hair
14 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat of 14 years had his rabbies shot three days ago and got quite and will not eat maybe a couple licks he wants to but cat and seems to be more dorment now they gave him a fluid shot saline. To stay hydrated and pill to increase his apitite. He was fine till i did this. They are trying to tell me that its him and his kidenys and liver when i had no problem before.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what specifically is going on here, sometimes cats will have reactions to vaccines which may result in a decrease in appetite and lethargy; if there is some suspicion that something isn’t right with his liver or kidneys, blood tests should be taken to look at function to see if any medical management or dietary changes are needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

How do you find out bad batch? My kitty isn't the same after needless rabbi vaccine. He is indoor and had one already!

Lisa my cat too! Do you have the info on which batch was bad please? Omg!

How do you find out if my cat was also exposed to a bad batch of vaccine?

After my cat received a rabbits shot, he was slowly dieing over a 1 year time period and most of it was hospitalization at my Vet.. Nothing can be done. My Vet just informed me the manufacturer "MER" has announced that it was a bad batch of vaccines and they take full responsibility
For all ailments of cats and deaths and are reimbursing anyone with a cat that had major vet bills. That's fine and all but I would much rather have my beautiful Blue Point Himalayan back to his very healthy & loving self. Please people be very cautious and really think it over before making that decision to give your kitty a rabbies vaccine.I blame myself for giving him this slow death cycle. He was always a indoor cat and he definitely didn't need that rabbies vaccine. If only I could go back and redo it all over again.

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Mark
Lynx Point Siamese
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Sleepiness
Nausea
Vomiting
lack of appetite

My kitty got his rabies shots the day after he was fixed (this was 4 days ago). Ever since he got the shot he has been throwing up everywhere, barely eating or drinking and sleeping a lot more than normal. He has also been very slow in general and not moving too much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The rabies vaccine may cause some adverse reaction like the ones you have mentioned; it is important to monitor Mark and ensure that he is kept hydrated. If there are any concerns, you should visit your Veterinarian to determine if any supportive or symptomatic care is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peepee
Javanese
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, loss in appetite
Sleeping more than usual
Loss in appetite
Lethargy

My cat got a vaccination shot and a rabies shot on 7th April 2018 (last to last Saturday).
The vet told me that she would be drowsy or would have a fever within one or two days and that it would be okay.
However my cat got a fever 6 days after the shots and even though it has reduced and she has begun eating, she still isnt drinking as much water as she used to and isnt playing and sleeps most of the time. Has this happened to any of you guys? Do you have any advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That is quite a while after the vaccine to develop a fever after a vaccine, and if Peepee were gradually improving I might worry a little less. If she still seems lethargic 10 days after the vaccine, however, it would be a good idea to have a recheck for her, make sure that she isn't dehydrated, and see if there is any supportive care that she needs. Your veterinarian will be able to determine if this seems related to the vaccine, or if there is anything else going on with her that needs attention. I hope that she is okay.

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Kaylee
TORTOISE shell
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Extreme aggression

I took my cat to the vet for the first time to get her rabies distemper and a dewormer I guess all the shots that she would need before I can have her spayed since I have brought her home she has attacked me continuously I have to keep her locked up in a room please help I feel like I'm a hostage in my own house and she has kittens 7 weeks old that I have to tend to somebody please help me

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The journey and the experience away from her kittens may have made her a little more protective; this is a behavioural issues (by the sounds of it) and should calm down with time. I have no specific advice apart from ride it out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

So far been getting same advice from other cat owners. Thank you for getting back to me on this matter.

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Smokey
TORTOISE shell
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limp, no appetite, crying.

My kitten ( who’s 5 months old) had her rabies shot yesterday and she was very drowsy from an hour after the shot. Checked on her now and she doesn’t want to move, eat, drink or be carried. Just sleeping all the time. Is this normal? Should I take her back to the vet ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some cats do have reactions to vaccines, and Rabies is a strong antigen for them. Since it has been 24 hours and she is not improving, or eating or drinking, it would probably be a good idea to have her rechecked today by your veterinarian - they may be able to give her an anti-inflammatory medication to help, and make sure that she isn't becoming dehydrated. I hope that she is okay.

Can you give an update on Smokey? The same thing is happening to my kitten, he’s 11 months old. It’s been 48 hrs since he got a deworm and rabies shot, and he has not eaten or drank, he’s very limp and lethargic and looks like he’s puked what looks like bile.

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Tory
Persian
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain When Lifted
Lethargy

My kitten just had her 2nd round of shots on the 23rd evening which included the rabies shot (for the first time). She is normally pretty active and running around all over the place. After the shots she seemed to be pretty tired and started limping and favoring her right back leg. After a day she was active again, jumping and playing but when I pick her up or brush the hair on her right leg she tends to meow like she’s hurt. It’s been 4 days. And today she showed tiredness and pain. How long should I wait until I should be worried about it and contact the vet ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Tory is having a mild reaction to her Rabies vaccination, and if she still seems uncomfortable 4 days later, it would be a good idea to call your veterinarian and see if they can prescribe a short term medication to help with her pain. I hope that all goes well for her.

Unfortunately our 2 year old had to be put to rest 3 weeks after his Rabies vaccine. He was sneezing day 2, then really lethargic and scratching like crazy. Brought him back in and was told he probably has allergies, was given a shot and sent on our way even though I explained all symptoms and when they started. No improvement so I started researching reactions to vaccines. Concerned I brought him back in where I was told his white blood cells were destroying his red cells. He was extremely anemic. We were told we could try a blood transfusion but he probably wouldn’t make it.

My 13 yr old male cat Mumu got his shots 11 days ago...He also got a full senior blood panel at that visit they came back normal. On day 5 took him to the vet bc he wasn’t eating and was acting lethargic. He had lost 1.6lbs. Started him on anti nausea, appetite stimulant sub q fluids which i had to continue at home. He still wasnt acting right on day 7 so took him in again and they gave more medicine and said they have seen this in a few cats but that he is ok just a really bad reaction and that he should not get the vacccie anymore. More sub q fluids and medicine. Today is day 11 and he is eating great but personality and energy is still not there. This vaccine kicked his ass!

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Lacy
LHD
11 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating or drinking

Our 11 year old cat Lacy had the rabies (3-year) vaccine. In the car ride home she started mouth breathing and when we got her home vomited. Afterwards she would not eat or drink. She lost her equilibrium, couldn’t walk a straight line, she was constantly shaking her head and falling over. She fell in our pool and almost drowned, but we managed to rescue her. She never had a problem with the vaccine in the past.

We took her to an emergency hospital where she spent 48 hours on IV and had many tests performed, for thousands of dollars. She has hyperthyroidism and hypertension and has been ataxic at times.

We are very sure the cause was the Maranda rabies vaccine produced by Boehringer Ingelheim, because I might add, this occurred about 15 minutes after the rabies shot.

When we got her back from the hospital, she would only eat small amounts and would not drink water at all; we are forcing water with a syringe. We don’t know if she will survive. The most heart wrenching problem is the ataxic behavior, that is; she can only walk a few steps before she would fall down.

We’ve been told the problem couldn’t be the vaccine, but I found hundreds of comments by others on the web, and they are identical to Lacey’s symptoms. The question is; can we do anything to help her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible side effects and adverse reactions which may occur after the administration of the rabies vaccine; these may include the symptoms which you’ve described, for specific product information you can contact the manufacturer for product specific information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.bi-vetmedica.com/company/company/contact.html

The effects Lacy experienced were life threatening to say the least. The Merial Pureavax-3 rabies vaccine produced by Boehringer Ingelheim was used on her before with no ill effects. I can only conclude that this batch of vaccine was defective, and I hold Merial responsible for perhaps killing a member of our family. To see her fall over is very painful.

I can tell you that without a doubt Lacy, if she survives, will never get another vaccination nor see a vet unless she is sick. No more yearly checkup for hundreds of dollars. Cats tell you when they’re sick; we don’t need a vet to tell us the same.

Sorry, The Merial Pureavax-3 rabies vaccine produced by Boehringer Ingelheim

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Lottie
Tuxedo
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My 7-year-old cat had a 3 year rabies shot March 24, 2018. Right afterwards she started vomiting about every day but it didn't connect with me until now that it was the shot. I just tried different foods to see if that was the problem. I'm not sure if this will subside on its own or if she should be seen. She has lost almost a pound but still plays and runs around. Her appetite is good as is her drinking.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Sometimes, cats will have a short period of time where they don't feel well after a Rabies vaccine, but it doesn't tend to go on for any length of time, and Lottie may need medication to help stop this vomiting problem. It would be a good idea to have a recheck with your veterinarian to see how they might be able to help her.

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Mason Cruz
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Water eye
Warm body sneezin

My male cat Mason was just neutered and got his first rabies vaccine last week they put him on anabiotic’s that they said would last for two weeks and he’s done his pain medicine but now he is sneezing nonstop his body is very warm and his right eye is watering really bad what can I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Mason should be rechecked by your veterinarian, as that does not sound like the reaction that they would have expected for him, and he may have more going on than was initially thought. Without seeing him, I unfortunately cannot examine him, but your veterinarian will be able to make sure that he is okay.

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Hans
Cross
12 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

diarrihea
Vomiting

my cat was doing good, today I took it to the veterinary and for her first vaccination. When we came back home I gave her milk, she didn't had much I then gave her cat good but she refused. After a while she vomited and diarrhoea. from since she is vomiting diarrhoea and she is not eating neither drinking. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vomiting and diarrhoea are possible reactions which may occur after a vaccination, it is important to try to keep Hans hydrated (water not milk) but if there is no improvement or if he is running a fever you should contact your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baku
Siamese
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Spasms, vaccine reaction, lethargic

Medication Used

Pain medication,

I took my 1 year old cat Baku to the vet for his distemper and his Rabies vaccines. They gave them to him no issues until around 3 hours later he was shivering all over and acted like he was running a fever. I called the vet to ask what I should do and they told me to bring him back. I did and they adminestered a steroid and bynadryl to be safe.

The next morning he was running around with eyes the size of saucers, biting at his tail. At further inspection his back was rippling and having spasms and his tail wouldn't stop twitching. I worried and took him back in and they gave him pain medicine that goes on his gums ( which does seem to help but only because he is too out of it to think). It's been 48 hours and they claimed all pain and reactions would be over but his body still has spasm's and he's still acting very scared and frightened of his own body movements.

I am beside myself and have no idea what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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As long as Baku is eating and drinking and stable, you may just need to wait out this reaction to the Rabies vaccine, if that is what occurred. In the future, as he will need that vaccine again, they may be able to give him the steroid and antihistamine injections ahead of time so that he doesn't experience this problem again.

I had the same issue with my cat but Veternarians responsible did not help. He lost fur/ began itching /had fevers /got completely off track emotionally and isn't the same wonderful kitty I knew!

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Hazel
Calico
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lethargy
Vomiting
Sneezing

My cat started getting sick after her first set of vaccinations. Mainly just diarrhea, and sneezing. She went back to the vet yesterday and was given her booster shots and her rabies vaccine. I told the vet about her symptoms and although he treated her with worm medicine on the first visit, he gave her some more. Now she's been lethargic, sneezy, diarrhea, and vomiting. What do I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These symptoms are common side effects of vaccination which are normally self limiting and last a few hours to a day or two; if Hazel isn’t in distress I would keep an eye on her for the time being but if she is struggling to breathe, has a fever or has any other concerning symptom return to your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you!

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Stewie
British Shorthair
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My cat got rabies vaccination one week ago and since that day he has non-stop diarrhoea. he is eating a special food which is digestive care i/d from hills prescription because he used to have diarrhoea problem even before that but 3 weeks before his rabies vaccination his stool was starting to form and getting better and i was about to bring him back to regular diet. now he got the diarrhoea again like he used to have after the rabies vaccination. what should i do and should he go back on taking midicien

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Diarrhoea is a common adverse reaction from the rabies vaccine, if Stewie has a sensitive gastrointestinal tract already this may have set him back a bit; but the rabies vaccine is a necessary required in many jurisdictions. You should ensure that Stewie is hydrated and is well, you should also visit your Veterinarian for a follow up examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bagheera, Guiness, Juniper
short hair
18 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I have 3 kittens who are 18 weeks right now. They are not on any other medications, and have not gotten into anything as far as cleaning products, other foods etc... at least to my knowledge. They just got their Rabies shot last Friday November 24th. Since then they have all been super lethargic and two of them will not eat anything, what so ever. However they will drink water occasionally in little amounts. Also as of last night they all have become more playful but the two are still not eating. I came home from work today and the two who aren’t earing vomited but it was just liquid. I called my vet twice today, once this morning, and this afternoon once I got home after the vomiting episode. This morning they said to keep an eye on them because they should be snapping out of it from the vaccines. This afternoon they said they wanted me to bring them in. However, I have no extra money laying around for exams right now. So again they said to just keep an eye on them. I want to know if these behaviors could be because of the vaccines still? What is the common time frame to have a reaction to vaccines? And how long is too long to wait, will it be detrimental to wait this long by just “keeping and eye on them”?

Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lethargy is a common reaction to the rabies vaccine especially in younger animals, it is important to keep an eye on them and it is more important to keep them hydrated than them having food; vomiting fluid is ‘normal’ when the stomach is empty due to acid accumulation. This lethargy may last a week and a bit which I understand is a stressful time for you, but please make sure that they are hydrated and try to encourage eating with something appetising like tuna or similar. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mashinka
No bree
16 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Full lungs with blood

Hi there! I vaccsinated my 16year old cat against rabies two months ago and now it's dies because his lungs are filling up with blood. I was a big shock for me because two months ago they told me that the cat is absolutely healthy. Is it possible all this to be a concecuens of the vaccine?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I doubt that the rabies vaccine was involved, especially after a two month time frame; however a necropsy should be carried out to determine a cause of death if you’re looking for answers as there are various conditions and traumatic injury which may have been involved. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kitty
Maine Coon
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi,
is it safe to have dental cleaning done *(which requires general anesthesia) 1 week after doing PureVax 1-year Rabies for a cat?

There does not seem to be any adverse reactions to vaccination so far (it has been 2 days since the vaccination).

Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There should not be any additional risk from anesthesia and dental cleaning 1 week after a Rabies vaccination. I hope that all goes well with Kitty!

Thank you so much!

Have a great day!

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Oreo
Simise
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

I have 3 cats and all of them have a lump following the vaccine that has not subsided. Should I continue to give them the vaccination. The lump does not appear to bother them. However will it get bigger if I have the vaccination again?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The lump that developed after their Rabies vaccines should not get bigger, but those lumps that sometimes occur after a vaccine typically do go away over time, and it is very unusual that all three cats have a lump that isn't improving. It would probably be a good idea to have those checked out if it has been more than a few weeks since vaccines, to make sure that nothing more serious is going on. Rabies is a vaccine required by law for cats, and they will need to have further vaccinations. You can check with your veterinarian to see what might be going on with them, as I cannot examine them.

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Anonycat
dsh
Ten Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Breathing Difficulty
Weight Loss
Lethargy
Loss of Appetite

I brought a sick 10-year old cat to the Vet. He was also due for a rabies shot. Trouble breathing. Weight loss. Weakness. Not eating. The Vet made an examination. 16-pound cat lost 5-pounds. Diagnosed hyperthyroid. Vet administered a rabies shot, drew blood, and sent us home. No treatment. I had to take the cat back the next day with severe breathing problems and weakness. Another vet at the same practice said the cat had pneumonia, confirmed hyperthyroid from blood test, administered steroidal and anti-biotic injections, and sent us home with Clavimox and Methimazole. My question: is administering a rabies vaccine to a cat with respiratory and thyroid problems a bad idea? Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The decision to vaccinate any animal is at the discretion of the Veterinarian administering the vaccine, they need to be sure that the animal is healthy enough (doesn’t need to be perfectly healthy) to receive the vaccine and benefit from an immune response. Without knowing the severity of the respiratory symptoms I cannot fully comment whether I would have vaccinated in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Big Boy
Domestic shorthair
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing and runny nose.

I had my 8yr old (they think) vaccinated for rabies last Wed. He is a stray that adopted me. The next day he started sneezing and having a runny nose. Clear. Still eating, a little lethargic. Called the Vet today and asked about a reaction to Vacc. Said no known.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically the rabies vaccine is combined with other vaccines when administered, some side effects of vaccination may include a runny nose or watery eyes; you should keep an eye on Big Boy for signs of improvement as side effects are generally self limiting and don’t require treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucio
Siamese
18 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

Medication Used

metronidazole

My 18 weeks old Siamese kitten, Lucio, went I for his final vaccination for his kitten series. We haven’t had any issues prior with any other vaccination before Friday. He received his rabies vaccination and blood work for his neuter. He was fine all of Friday and Saturday, but showed little signs of loose stool on Saturday evening/Sunday morning. He was eating fine up until Sunday evening and all of a sudden didn’t care to eat. He is normally a very enthusiastic eater and loves food, so I knew something was up. Come Monday and he still hasn’t eaten anything and we brought him to the vet as he was vomiting Sunday evening and had diarrhea that continues still (Tuesday). She gave him subcu fluids, metronidazole, and an anti-vomiting injection. His activity level has remained the same until today (Tuesday) when I noticed he was slowing down. His blood work showed normal excepted for an elevated BUN level(44). Our other cat has no issues and didn’t receive any vaccines as of late. We took for an X-ray to see if there is a blockage and still awaiting results from the vet. In what ways does a vaccine reaction get treated?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally side effects or adverse reactions from vaccination are self limiting and normally resolve themselves within a few days; however when symptoms do present we normally provide supportive and symptomatic care as there is little else that can be done due to the nature of the reaction. Ensuring an animal is hydrated is important with vomiting and diarrhoea, controlling nausea as well as treating any secondary conditions is key; each case is a little different depending on severity and the specific symptoms which present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kelly
Persian
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My cat turned 2 year old in april 2018. She had her first rabbies vaccine today. She had three vaccines last year and this was the last one after a gap of one year. Wanted to ask about the care that should be taken in order to keep my cat out of any danger. For now she's a bit lazy and has a bit pain where the vaccine was given. Need to know about the post vaccination care. Thanks!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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After vaccination we may expect some localised reactions which may include some pain, swelling as well as some other symptoms including fever, vomiting among others. I’ve linked below some useful guides from the AVMA on vaccination for you to read through so you know what to expect. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/What-to-expect-after-your-pets-vaccination.aspx www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/rbbroch.aspx www.avma.org/KB/Resources/FAQs/Pages/Vaccination-FAQs.aspx

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Lola
Tortoiseshell cat
10
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Lump
Vomiting
Appetite loss

Hello, I requested a rabies vaccination for my 10 year old cat at a recent vet follow up appt (regarding a urinary issue which has resolved). She is fractious and an indoors cat, and I avoid unnecessary vet visits for this reason, but opted for thr rabies vacc since it is required by most apartments. Her appt was about 4 weeks ago, and last week I noticed she developed a lump in her back right hip area. I googled and found out about sarcomas which concerned me. I called the vet and they advised the reaction is common (though it appeared 3 weeks later?) A couple days ago, she's been having off and on appetite loss, vomited once, and has had diarrhea today. She received an excellent, healthy report from her appt and has otherwise been healthy. I am concerned something is seriously wrong but because of her aggressive nature, I want to wait til her actual vet office is open since they know her history and are familiar with handling her (she has to be sedated to be seen and I hate that). Any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Typically sarcomas form at the site of injection (they are termed injection site sarcomas afterall), these sarcomas may form even months after vaccination; however, I would advise visiting your regular Veterinarian for an examination when they open after the holidays to confirm the cause of the lump and to suggest treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/rbbroch.aspx

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Piglet
dsh
8 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

She has not had a bowel movement for
She has not had a bowel movement

Medication Used

Metacam every 2 days. Miralax

My 8 year old cat (Piglet) had been walking different so took her to vet. (She becomes mean there) so they had to give her a mild sedative so they could do an xray and give vaccines. Found arthritis in hips. Put on joint/arthritis food ate once but has not eaten hard or soft food since nor has she had a BM. That was a week ago. Have her on Miralax for 5 days and still nothing. She will drink milk and water only. Been getting some chicken broth by syringe. Help this all has come about in only a few months. She was normal eating before vet appointment.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure why Piglet would be reacting that way to the treatment that she had at her veterinarian, but it would be worth calling and asking if there is anything that they might have noticed that may have caused this strange reaction. If she did not have any lab work done, she may need to have that done to assess her systemic function. If she will eat her normal food, or anything else in the meantime to get her appetite back, that would be better than the joint diet until she starts to feel better again.

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Francis
short haired
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

More scared
Red, watery eyes

My 7 year old just got his rabies yesterday. Since then, his eyes have become red and watery. He is also becoming more of a "scaredy-cat". He is jumpy, running away from us, and wont go into my room in which he was obsessed with before the vaccination. Is the scaredy-cat part another side effect?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different side effects of rabies vaccination in cats which may include some behavioural changes, you should keep a close eye on Francis for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement in the behaviour after a few days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Calhoun
domestic short hair
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite
Lethargic

I have a 4 month old male kitten who got his Rabies Vaccine for the first time today. He also had his last boosters of FeLV and FVRCP until he is a year old. He is quite lethargic and it took some convincing to get him to eat. He eats raw and it usually is the best thing in the world for him given he is also teething and the cold meat helps. I know it is mentioned that it can take a week for him to rebound but what should I be watching for when it comes to more severe and life threatening reactions? Right now I think it is just an adverse reaction but I want to be ready to catch onto anything that might be more severe.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lethargy and a loss of appetite are typical adverse reactions seen after rabies vaccination; more serious reactions would include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea (with or without blood) among others. If there are any symptoms which develop which are concerning you should return to your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nimbus
Persian
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gas
Flatulence
Smelly poop

My 4-month-old kitten just got his first Rabies vaccine yesterday. Before then, his poops never really smelled bad nor did we notice him being gassy. Since yesterday though, all his poops started smelling bad and we'd get whiffs of the smell even without him pooping (which we assume is flatulence). Is it normal for a kitten who just got vaccinated to get smelly poop and flatulence? If so, how long does it last? And if not, should we bring him back to the vet? Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible side effects of rabies vaccination which do include gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea, I’ve not seen flatulence myself but it is possible; also gas may be due to stress of the journey to the clinic. Keep an eye on Nimbus and visit your Veterinarian if the issue gets worse or there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gatto
tabby
16 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Possible kidney problems
Usual hyperthyroid sympt

We are considering treatment options for my 16 yr old cat recently diagnosed with hyperthyriodism, however in a few months time I am required to get a rabies vaccination for the cat as we plan moving overseas. Once the cats thyriod condition is stabilised with either daily medication or Radioiodine therapy, could the rabies vaccine have possible medical risks/complications.


Please can you advise. Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The decision to vaccinate a cat is down to the discretion of your Veterinarian, they need to determine whether the vaccination will have a significant impact on their overall health and whether it will negatively affect any conditions being managed by medication; also your Veterinarian (or certifying Veterinarian) may not clear Gatto to fly. You should discuss your concerns with your Veterinarian and depending on which country you’re moving to you may need six months after the rabies vaccination before you can move Gatto. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Migo
Puspin
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting
Loss of App
Lethargy
Loss of Appetite

My cat has been I'll lately after being vaccinated with anti-rabies. She's been vomiting since yesterday. And now, she is also having diarrhea. She has no appetite that's why I'm only feeding her with water using a medicine dropper. Please help me. Thank youso so much in advance.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Migo started having these problems after her Rabies vaccine, she may be having a reaction to the vaccine, and she should be seen by her veterinarian. They'll be able to assess her and determine what supportive care she may need so that she recovers quickly.

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Kobe
American Shorthair
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking paws
Twitching

Cat had vaccines today. A couple hours later and he's licking his paws and is flinging them and kicking them. He seems agitated and can't sit still. Seems like he might be a bit warm but I'm not certain.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kobe may be having a reaction to the vaccines, and may need treatment. If there is a 24 hour clinic near your house, that would be best. If not, calling your veterinarian would be a good idea to see if he needs any treatment.

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Katy
DOMESTIC
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Abdomen

I got all shots require for my cat.but ever since the cat has belly swollen having trouble breathing and eyes are runny. The vet give the shots in her rear of her.she not active at all now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Adverse reactions may occur after vaccination which may include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, injection site sensitivity among other issues; if Katy is having difficulty breathing you should treat this as an emergency and visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rosabella
Cat
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Our cat, 1 year old, received the Feline Distemper and Rabies vaccines this afternoon. She has been tired ever since, but we now noticed (about 6 hours after the vaccines were given to her) that she is having a little diarrhea and also spit up a little. What should we do? It is now 10pm and we are unsure if we should take her to the ER vet or wait and see how she does through the night. Thank you for your time!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not uncommon for side effects or adverse reactions to occur after vaccination (especially with the rabies vaccine) with vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy being commonly reported issues; keep an eye on Rosabella for the time being and ensure she is hydrated. If other symptoms present, you’re generally concerned or have any other issues visit your Veterinarian in the morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Annabelle
Torti
13 years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Medication Used

Fluids in the neck area

My 13 year old cat dropped 1 1/4 lbs from 12/16 to 7/17, from 10 pounds to 8 3/4. The vet did blood work, X-rays and had a pathologist review the results also. Nothing showed up. In November, 2017, she went in for a check up and rabies & FVRCP vaccinations. Weight had not changed since July, but she was still very thin. One week later she became lethargic, vomited twice and refused treats and food. Took her back in. Weight had dropped 1 pound in just a week. Blood work showed 75 percent kidney failure. Fluid drips made her feel better, but the vet said there was no cure. Had her put to sleep today. Did the vaccinations cause the sudden kidney failure.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The link below refers to an article which suggests that in some cases there may be a risk factor in cats developing renal failure after vaccination but more research is needed; I can only go on scientific evidence which I can refer to from reputable sources. Please check the article linked below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4864943/

We just had the same experience, 13 year old cat , healthy, had his vaccinations ,a week ago Friday, came home and refused to eat or drink and was lethargic. Took him back to the vet and they gave him IV fluids but less than a week later had kidney failure and blood pH off the charts. When they couldn't get a blood pressure we had to put him to sleep. I have heard a few similar cases since this happened. Sorry for your loss.

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Lacey
dsh
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

ataxic, vertigo

reaction to Maranda rabies vaccine produced by Boehringer Ingelheim.Our 11 year old cat Lacy had the rabies (3-year) vaccine. In the car ride home she started mouth breathing and when we got her home vomited. Afterwards she would not eat or drink. She lost her equilibrium, couldn’t walk a straight line, she was constantly shaking her head and falling over. She fell in our pool and almost drowned, but we managed to rescue her. She never had a problem with the vaccine in the past.

We took her to an emergency hospital where she spent 48 hours on IV and had many tests performed, for thousands of dollars. She has hyperthyroidism and hypertension and has been ataxic at times.

We are very sure the cause was the Maranda rabies vaccine produced by Boehringer Ingelheim, because I might add, this occurred about 15 minutes after the rabies shot.

When we got her back from the hospital, she would only eat small amounts and would not drink water at all; we are forcing water with a syringe. We don’t know if she will survive. The most heart wrenching problem is the ataxic behavior, that is; she can only walk a few steps before she would fall down.

We’ve been told the problem couldn’t be the vaccine, but I found hundreds of comments by others on the web, and they are identical to Lacey’s symptoms.
Update:
Lacey has recovered somewhat. She is now eating and drinking a little, but she has undergone a complete personality change. She used to lye on her back with all fours in the air, but can’t do that as she experiences vertigo. When she shakes her head she sometimes falls over. Sometimes she seems not to know us. In all this is NOT the same cat just 10 minutes before the Maranda rabies vaccine produced by Boehringer Ingelheim was administered.
Boehringer Ingelheim tried to buy us off by offering us $500 if we signed a non-disclosure agreement, and promised never to speak of this again. We told them where to put their money.
I would implore all concerned not to use the Maranda rabies vaccine produced by Boehringer Ingelheim.

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chi-chee
Persian
5 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

extreme aggressive.

My cat has become extreme wild and aggressive, He is starring and attacking on legs and hand. He bit my mom's hand with his teeth although she was only petting him. I want him to calm down and relax. He is also all the time looking here and there looking around like someone is there although nobody is arround with him except me. He is over protective of himself. Now what is the problem with him???

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Pepe
Tuxedo
12 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Low Energy

Medication Used

Doxycycline and Prednisone
Doxycycline

My male cat started to show signs of jaundice within a week of receiving rabies vaccination. Six weeks later, cat is still yellow with an extremely low platelet count. Vet indicated possible liver or kidney failure. Oddly, cat has good appetite with normal stools...just very little energy. Blood tests came back negative for FIP and mycoplasma.

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Gumby
Lynx Point Siamese
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

see above

Gumby is a beautiful lynx point siamese, neutered, has the rabies vaccine saturday, sunday he was really squirrely and was running all around the house. monday he tried to play with toys, but then i noticed him favoring his right front leg. monday night, he slept all night and all the next day,(tuesday )he licks his leg where the swelling is(injection site)here it is wednesday and he is limping worse, i went to work and called home to find hes still limping, i did see him poop tuesday and drink water wednesday morning.,i will continue to monitor him, but im not sure i should take him in, i have to take off work to do so, but im very fond of my little kitty and i know he loves me. signed, worried and nauseated over the whole event

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Bruiser
Maine Coon
3 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Hyperactivity
If YOUR ANIMAL IS AN INDOOR ONLY PET!! I would never allow THESE "Doctors to administer this vaccine eVER!! My SWEET BABY IS A NERVOUS WRECK ALONG WITH HE CANT QUIT SNEEZING!!
DJango
Domestic Longhair
Serious
Has Symptoms
Fever
Yelp When Lifted
Lethargy, At Times Breathes Heavy
Pain
No Appetite
Immobility
Limping
Lethargy
My boy was fine....until he had his vaccine. The get gas kept him for observation talking about it could be anything. Aware thatbhes a strictly indoors baby, why give him This? Now it's stressed depressed waiting at home alone crying without my baby game, which is so far costing me close to a thousand dollars