(susan's daughter speaking)
I'll give a little backround first: We are moving to another state this summer, and are taking all of our critters with us. (2 dogs & 4 cats) None of them are vaccinated; the cats are indoor and the dog's don't come into contact with many other animals (they also stay in the back yard), plus we live in a very low risk rabies area. My family doesn't vax, and we never wanted to put any of that stuff in our animals either, so we just never did.
It's never been a problem before, but now that we are moving, all of them have to get a rabies vax in order to get on the plane! I'm freaking out a little! I understand that they have to get the vax; plus the area we are moving to has more of a rabies risk (nothing extreme, but it is a concern), and all of the animals will be getting out a lot more-walks and such. So I know it has to happen, but I'm so scared. I've read horror stores of reactions and even a couple cases of death. We love our animals like crazy, they are part of the family, and the thought of giving them a vax that I don't trust and that will potentally cause side affects scares me so much.
We've got an eight year old dachshund, a seven year old border collie mix, and our cats (all mixes) are ages nine, four, and the last two are 2 years old. I think the that one of the dogs and one of the cats were vaxed as a puppy or kitten, but after that nothing. I have no idea how any of them will react.
I guess I am just looking for some reassurance. Any thoughts? I feel so guilty for posting since I don't post unless I need help, but I didn't know who else to go to. My sweet dog, the border collie mix, already has an appointment to get the rabies vax, and I feel sick just thinking about it.
Thanks for reading!