Tell Your Story

Tell Us Your Vaccination Story 

R Milan following removal of an injection-site sarcoma

 Dr. Margo Roman has written this to fellow vets: “There is a change that is occurring and we need to have our clients at our backs and start to help us, be our voice. Many of them can write well and they can tell their stories and those stories need to be sent to the Veterinary boards and State Associations. Let the consumer drive the market.”

If your dog or cat has experienced a health or behavioral problem that you may think is linked to vaccination, please make sure it has been reported to the vaccine maker and the USDA.  You do not need proof positive to report it — just a good faith belief that the vaccine is linked to the problem. Do not presume that your vet reported it. Underreporting is common. Learn how to report reactions to vaccines (and pet food and drugs) at 

In addition, please tell the world your story. Post a comment after a relevant article or send your story to us with pictures. We will post it on this website. Write the story, or better yet, make a short video. 

Here’s how:

  • Send us a photo(3) and/or video of your dog or cat. If you have any showing the illness, please send that as well.
  • Tell us what happened
  • Was your pet ill before being vaccinated, or healthy?
  • Send documentation if you have some — biopsies, letters, etc., even copies of vet bills
  • Give us your express permission to post the story and photos/videos
  • Keep it relatively short; we all have short attention spans
  • Express your feelings
  • Don’t slander your vet or anyone else. Use “Dr. Sam” or “Clinic X”.
  • Keep it factual
  • Did treatment resolve the problem?
  • If you would like to be added as a supporter of this movement, please give us your permission to use your name

Here are some examples: Vaccine Stories

If writing isn’t your thing, do the best you can and we’ll spiff it up but won’t change any facts. We’ll send it back to you for approval before posting.

Thanks for taking the time to help your fellow dog and cat lovers avoid what you’ve been through.

Contact us here.  Please put a descriptive title in the subject line.

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Why Vets Don’t Recognize Vaccine Reactions


10 Responses to Tell Your Story

  1. Janet Clarke on November 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

    My Labradoodle Archie had to have the full yearly injections when he was four instead of the booster as he was 4 weeks or so overdue his yearly booster. Within a very short time time we noticed a lump on his neck near the injection site. It was excised but not a big enough margin was taken and we were told he had Fybrosarcoma usually found in cats at the injection site. I knew it was caused by the full injection he received the month before. The vet insisted it was only found in cats and that it was extremely rare in a dog. We were told the cancer would soon spread very quickly like an octopus and no hope of stopping it. 5 weeks later two new lumps on his neck were found. We were devastated and with no help on offer we turned to a Homeopathic vet and the internet.

    Our Holistic vet started Archie on a RAW diet and various medications. He was operated on 5 weeks later and the two lumps were successfully removed with no cancer shown in the area. Archie is now 11 years and 6 months he is Still on the RAW food diet and we haven’t looked back. He will never have another injection and my vet respects my decision. I hope this information has helped.

    • adminjr on December 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Janet, I just read your post at Sorry for the delay but I was finishing the e-book version of my book (Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care) and was under a deadline.

      Thank you so much for posting your story. I’m so happy it had a happy ending. So often, they don’t.

      I am, however, confused. You wrote: full yearly injections when he was four instead of the booster as he was 4 weeks or so overdue his yearly booster.
      “Full injections” and “boosters” are identical. Did your vet tell you this nonsense?

      No vet should ever be giving “yearly boosters.” And there is no such thing as being 4 weeks overdue. They weren’t likely due at all. Please read this article:

      I’m so glad you found a new holistic vet! That other vet was so far behind the times it makes me crazy!

  2. StaceyMcCloud on September 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I lost my 2 year old Pomeranian to a rabies shot 8 months after the injection, MRI , Vet and neurologist confirmed Rabies Vaccine Induced Encephalitis!!!!! His original vet didn’t know what was wrong for 4 months . Took him to a new Vet who knew right away what was wrong and tried to save him because he was so young. Now I refuse to get any rabies shots

  3. robert on January 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    10 yr lab ..never any issues ..laat yr got lyme des they say ..did a month of pills .. …okay .. then needed rabiesw shot ..a few day later ..issues..head and face swelling..bad reaction .=too many meds in her body …im praying she will survive

    • adminjr on February 16, 2014 at 8:51 am

      Robert, for some reason I didn’t get notification of your post. How is your dog? You described a serious allergic reaction. Please make sure you report it to the manufacturer. They may help with vet bills. Also, make sure you have the reaction recorded in your dog’s file and get a copy of the file. You may be able to avoid getting that vaccine again. Before vaccinating again, please read:

      Good luck.

  4. Linda on November 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I took our dog into the vet for her rabies shot. She received both rabies and distemper. Within 8 hours she began losing control of her back legs and soon could not stand. She then began losing strength in her front legs and body. They held her over night and reported that they could find no evidence of ticks or any animal that could have bitten her. The conclusion was she had coon hound disease. The only in common thing she had was the rabies shot. They did not commit the reason to the shots but said only shots she should ever receive are ones mandated by law. They said this was a lifetime disease and would stay dormant in her system and there would be relapses. WOW! We were sent home with an antibiotic and pain reliever. She went in a happy, strong, healthy dog and came home paralyzed, heavy panting, and in pain. It took months for her to come back to a normal dog. And by normal I mean she was getting around good and gaining weight. Not the same dog. She was always at the head of the pack and watching her struggle to keep at the end of the pack broke my heart. She has had one relapse, not as intense and recovered a little faster and is now running and playing, has again gained a little weight. Still not the same dog but doing well for the moment. A side issue is she gets car sick and the medication she was given for this cannot be given to her now because it will bring the disease all back.

    • adminjr on December 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Linda, I just read your comment about your dog and the rabies vaccine. Neurological problems are not unusual although vets pretend that they are.

      You might try to find a vet trained in homeopathy who might be able to help her. I especially recommend Dr. Loops who will consult by phone.

  5. Cindi on September 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

    We had a beautiful male brindle boxer. He was do full of love and life, we took him to the vets to get his 3-year Rabies vaccine. Within 45 min’s of receiving his Rabies vaccine, he started foaming at the mouth & from his nose and he started seizing!! I panicked, I called the vets office, told them what was happening and they told me, “we’ll, it’s a dead virus, I don’t believe it was caused by the Rabies Vaccine. I persisted in explaining why I knew it was the Rabies vaccine that had caused it. He refused to talk to me any longer. I contacted a couple of “Specialty Vets”. And they confirmed that it was the Rabies Vaccine that had caused his seizures! The following year our beloved boxer, so dear to our hearts, developed cancer. He died toward the end of2012 and the beginning of 2013. Our hearts are empty without him.. We will NEVER!! Forget our beloved Aarris. How do you get a dog license after the original vaccines if you live in a place where you are fined for not getting the additional Rabies Vaccine? I will never again vaccinate more than once … Be very careful when it comes to vaccinating your animals. Heart broken. Cindi

    • robert on January 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      omg in same boat and fear i will lose my best friend

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