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Heart problems & vaccinations

Discussion in 'Dog Health issues and questions' started by NubTrain, Dec 17, 2009.

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  1. NubTrain

    NubTrain Boxer Pal

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    Hi Everyone,

    It's too late to do anything, as I had to put my sweet Nubs to sleep last week, but I am still struggling & I keep feeling like it was too much of a coincidence that he had 2 vaccinations on a Monday (7th) and then his heart started failing him a few days later until it was actually stopping on Saturday (12th).
    For anyone who did not already read my previous post, Nubs was a rescue dog & we think he was about 9-10, so he was an older dog and had some other problems (hip dysplasia, a MCT that couldn't completely be removed & had to be followed up w/radiation, eye ulcers, and overall arthritis) - the poor guy. But he was still getting around fine & had plenty of spunk until the Wednesday after those vaccinations (Bordatella & Lepto).
    They said, on Sat. when we took him to the specialist after he collapsed a couple of times, that he had an irregular heartbeat and also some sort of problem where his heart was beating really fast & then stopping, which was not treatable. The only thing we could even have tried was a pace-maker, which would have helped with the irregular heartbeat problem, but not the other one - and which I would never have put him through at that point.
    Obviously I am heartbroken, and this has been the worst week for our family, and it's just so sad, but I am also wanting to understand better how it could have happened so fast, and why it is such a coincidence that it was right after those vaccinations.
    Does anyone else have any experience with this or something similar?
    Thank you all so much for your support,

    Jen Hill
    Mom to Pa'nub, gone to the Rainbow Bridge &
    Roxy, my beautiful girl
     
  2. Draymia

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    It is really almost impossible to say if the vaccinations were the cause of your little guys problem. For future reference a dog that age did not need any more vaccinations. However, I would guess that he probably already had this heart condition and it reached a point of collapsing. It may have very well happened without any shots.

    I am sorry you lost your baby. It is never easy. Please don't feel guilty.

    Maybe some others have some experience with vaccinations and heart problems.
     
  3. Clavin

    Clavin Boxer Booster

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    I totally agree with the above poster. It sounds like there was an underlying heart problem. I had to put my last Boxer down for the same heart condition which is typical in the breed. His came on all of a sudden one night and he was put down within 24 hours after that.

    You will see many opinions on vaccinations and how often to give if at all. Every person needs to do their own research and decide what they think is best for them and their dog(s).

    Don't feel guilty. Look back at the great times you were able to share. Your Nubs and my Neuman along with all the other Boxers owned by people on this board are having a grand time playing together up in Boxer heaven.
     
  4. harleyboxer

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    I'm very sorry to hear about Nubs. I've worked at vet clinics for years and have never seen heart problems from vaccines. Usually we see allergic reactions or occasionally autoimmune diseases. Anything is possible, but they usually just tax the immune system. We did have a boxer come in for a vaccine appointment years ago who we diagnosed with heart problems during his exam. His owner hadn't thought there was any problem, he just brought him in for his yearly. The dog died a few days later (we did not vaccinate him). It was just a coincidence that he had brought him in when he had, and it might just be the same thing with your dog.
     
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