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December 6 th


Patty- reaction to bee sting

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Just what we did not need- Patty, just 6 days after being given an unneeded rabies vaccination in Texas, was bitten by a bee. Low thyroid dogs are very susceptible to  severe allergic and anaphylactic reactions to insect bites. She has only been on thyroxine 3 days and it takes 2 weeks to fully kick in, metabolically speaking. Her face swelled up and she broke out in hives. I immediately gave her prednisone and a benadryl, plus urtica urens, a homeopathic remedy for stings. I started her on some thuja a few days ago- the remedy for vaccinosis. Now, after about 7 hours, the swelling is coming down a bit.

Patty's bee sting reaction

The morning went a lot better. I had a mobile groomer, Laura, come out to bathe Gracie again, as I still was reacting to the pesticide residue on her from a flea bath 24 days ago, before she shipped to us. Well, after all that time and 4 baths, I can now go near her without getting sick. She actually came into the house and is very happy to be with her friends all the time now. Tonight, she has chosen to sleep out by the front door in the bed next to Bear’s. Both dogs have thick coats and can come inside via the doggie door should they choose to.

We also trimmed Carson’s toenails, which is definitely a 2 person job. I actually made a wire cage that goes over his head so he cannot bite. Muzzles are no match for him. He was pretty good- all his aggression stems from fear and past abuse. He was very happy afterwards- no more “click, click, click” on the bare floors.

In the future, I will have Laura come out every  3-4 months to help with nail trimming, as Carson and Maggie are too difficult for me to do alone. Laura’s fees are very reasonable. I normally do all bathing, but with Gracie, I could not tolerate it.


I remembered to take the camera down when I went to feed to the horses.


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December 4 th


Patty- poster dog for veterinary malpractice

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Well, Patty could be the poster dog for shelter mismanagement and veterinary malpractice.

Her known history begins in 2008 when she was microchipped by a shelter. She was vaccinated then, too. She was then owned for a year by a young man. She ran away on numerous occasions and ended up at the same shelter two more times, but was retreived by the man or his female  friend.

This man eventually gave her away to someone who again turned her in to the same shelter. When the female friend found out, she went and adopted Patty. At that time, Patty was rabies vaccinated ( April 2010)

She was unable to keep Patty, because Patty kept running away. She put her on a basenji rescue website and eventually placed her in a new home, again in the Austin area. That person had Patty a month, during which time she had behavioral problems and was running away. He turned her into the same shelter right before Thanksgiving.  (We are now on Patty’s  at least 4th or 5th trip to that shelter).

That is when I saw her listed on the basenji site- thank goodness the listing had not been removed. I contacted the former gal owner and she said Patty was once again at the shelter. We adopted her long distance from there. I assumed  the shelter knew that THEY had  rabies vaccinated her in April. But, no, they gave her another rabies vaccination Nov. 29 – the day before transport.

SO, here we have a dog with anxiety, behavioral problems and hyperactivity. She fights and runs away. She keeps ending up at a shelter which does not track dogs, despite the microchip THEY implanted themselves. Every time she is turned into the shelter, they vaccinate again.

Over vaccination causes health problems and even death. It can cause thyroid disease. Thyroid disease causes behavioral problems.

NOT ONE single shelter worker or vet involved seems to understand any of this. They are not following the new AVMA Vaccination Protocol of 2006.

The shelter keeps no computer records and can only trace a dog back to the most recent impoundment.  Therefore, they keep vaccinating over & over.

It is a wonder Patty is alive. I immediately recognized the problem and she is now calm and content and PERFECTLY MANNERED since beginning  thyroid supplement.

Had any vet recognized the symptoms as possibly low thyroid, Patty would still have a home in Texas. I saw her frenetic behavior upon arrival and deducted what the problem was. Patty also was diagnosed with a heart murmur, and low thyroid can also cause that. I have been told that I have some brain damage from 38 years worth Lyme disease. What is their excuse?

We have no right to do this to innocent animals.

Please visit this site to learn about the dangers of too many vaccines

Patty after 2 days of thyroxine- hyper? Not!

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