The rubbing her head on the ground & with her paws is itchiness. It's how my pup reacts with her allergies. Benadryl can help with itchiness but double check with your vet for dosage.
Originally Posted by Nicole915
Very good advice upthread. I would add only that premedicating with benadryl usually takes care of any issue. Often puppies will have a reaction, and then as adults have no issues, but every patient is different.
As for writing an exemption, at least where I practice there is no way to become legally exempt from giving a rabies vaccine.
In the future, you can have titers drawn to assess immunity, and only vax for what is truly needed.
Good luck with your miniature schnauzer! Mine is snuggling next to me as I type, they are great little dogs.
(I'm not your vet, and this isn't medical advice)
Originally Posted by mysticmomma
We only vaccinate for rabies, because in our county the dog will be destroyed if it bites someone without proof of rabies vax.
Originally Posted by Oubliette8
To lessen the chance of a reaction in the future, you can choose to give only single vaccines- no combo shots. And space those vaccines out (ie, go in for only one shot, and come back in a week or two for the next different shot) You can also only give vaccines you feel are truly necessary. Legally, the only vaccine you have to give is rabies, although it may be hard to board an unvaccinated dog, or get dog park memberships etc. You can also talk to your vet about writing your dog an exemption based on her past reaction. It depends on the vet as to whether they will be willing or not.
Originally Posted by greenthumb3
Okay, so how supportive was your vet about this? I hope mine will be helpful, but I admit I am nervous a bit as I don't want to rub his ego the wrong way and have to be a "bad" dog owner and be pushy about this
I also bought the veterinary's annual puppy plan to save money on the vaccines and the spay my puppy will have done later, so I wonder how a selective vaccine schedule fits into that, too. (Rebates for having less vaccines would be nice...hopefully they'll agree to the revised schedule/selective vaccines or I might have to see if I have to pay a penalty for "breaking the contract" with them. sheesh.) I will have to ask about all these details, but it's important enough to me to avoid anything severe from happening simply b/c of too many shots, some unnecessary for our dog..