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I am sorry to hear you are worried about Kazzy. You are lucky to live in a country where there is no rabies!
My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help to help.
I give the rabies vaccination almost every day, here in the US. Once in awhile, a dog will develop a lump at the injection site that takes awhile to go away.
I have not seen or read of any link with the vaccination causing problems; what are you worried about? Has Kazzy been vaccinated for other diseases, such as distemper or parvo?
The only way you can take her to Europe, or anywhere else besides the UK is to get the vaccine. They will not let her in without it.
Since we have rabies here in the US, we give the vaccine every three years to all dogs, and I have not seen it cause problems. Since it has been around since Louis Pasteur, one of the first vaccines made, it has a long history of being used and of course improved over the years.
I am not seeing responses from you; I hope you can see what I am writing!
You really have only two choices: vaccinate her or leave her home. Even with a letter from a veterinarian stating that he or she does not believe in vaccinating Kazzy for a medical reason will not let her into France; they will insist on the vaccination.
- thank you Rebecca for your reply, firstly I was not aware that ALL dogs have the vaccine in the US !! .. my main concern is the fact that Kazzy is a BMD, which as you know is a very delicate and sensitive breed and generally have to be treated with kid gloves compared to most other dogs and because of that I am worried that she may react adversely to the rabies jab !!?? .. can I ask if you have had any experience with BMD's and the rabies jab, and if so were the dogs all ok !!?? .. thank you Desmond
- thank you Rebecca, you have been very helpful but I am still undecided about Kazzy, maybe I should just err on the side of caution and forget the idea, my motto has always been 'if in doubt, don't !!' .. so I guess that is what I should do !! .. once again, thank you Rebecca for your help and advice, best wishes and kind regards XXXXX XXXXX