2: Pet's name/species/breed/sex/age: Ashlee Renee, dog, German Shepherd Dog, spayed female, deceased (Sept. 21, 1998)
3: What 'drug' [or vaccination] your pet was given [Rimadyl, ProHeart6, Deramaxx, puppy shots, rabies, etc.] that resulted in a possible/suspected ADE [adverse drug reaction], and if known, the drug manufacturer name: Oh, where to begin..... I'll list the vaccinations and medications line by line and add the dates they were given next to them. (On Ashlee's page of my website, I have everything listed chronologically.)
Fort Dodge (Wyeth), Duramune DA2PP-CVK (distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, parvovirus, coronavirus) - 11/08/96, 12/06/96, 01/03/97, 02/05/97
SmithKline, Defensor (1 yr rabies vacc) - 12/06/96
SmithKline, Defensor (3 yr rabies vacc) - 02/19/98
DRUGS - TOPICAL, ORAL & INJECTIBLE:
Strongid T - 10/26/96 (deworming - no fecal test done)
Mitaban dips - 02/12/97, 02/28/97, 03/10/97, 06/02/97, 07/30/97, 08/06/97, 08/13/97, 08/20/97, 08/27/97, 01/14/98, 02/25/98
LymDyp - 02/19/98
EqStim injection (immunostimulant) - 05/21/97, 07/30/97, 08/06/97, 08/20/97, 08/27/97, 10/22/97, 10/29/97, 11/05/97, 03/06/98, 06/08/98, 07/03/98, 09/04/98
Triple Antibiotic Ointment (for "controlling" localized DM - didn't work) - 02/05/97
Clavamox, 250 mg (2/day, 7 days) - 02/12/97
Clavamox, 375 mg (2/day, 7 days) - 05/30/97, 07/02/97, 07/09/97, 07/30/97, 01/14/98, 02/11/98, 03/06/98, 03/31/98, 06/08/98, 08/07/98
Ivermectin injection - 08/13/97, 08/20/97, 08/27/97, 09/03/97, 10/22/97, 10/29/97, 11/05/97, 03/06/98
Interceptor - 06/08/98, 06/18/98, 07/03/98
Mita-Clear - 01/22/98
Synotic Solution - 10/22/97, 01/22/98
Domitor injection - 02/19/98
Gentocin opthalmic solution - 02/25/98
Rimadyl 100 mg - 02/25/98
Ashlee was spayed on 04/11/97. She never needed anything for pain and was given nothing to "prevent" infection (Thank GOD!). She developed a mild infection at the incision site, but I treated that topically with Neosporin and put a t-shirt on her to keep her from licking at it. The infection cleared up without the need for antibiotics.
4: The approximate date of the event: A whole, all-too-short lifetime, but I believe the initial turning point was that 4th puppy shot. She was diagnosed with the demodex that very day, and I don't think it was any coincidence that the localized condition turned generalized right after that 4th puppy shot. I believe the localized condition was her body's way of telling us it couldn't handle any more shots, but we didn't know that and vaccinated anyway.
5: The adverse reaction[s] YOU observed and/or became aware of [nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, inability to walk, gastric ulceration, liver failure, kidney damage, death, lethargy, aggression, etc.] - please list ALL known and/or suspected symptoms/conditions: Puppy shots caused minor lethargy and inappetance for about 24 hours or so following the shot. Ashlee was diagnosed with demodectic mange during the same visit where she received her last puppy shot (series of 4). Two weeks later we returned to the vet's office as the localized (and "not serious, so don't worry about it") condition had turned generalized and was already moving down her front legs and around the base of her tail. She struggled not only with generalized demodex for the rest of her short life, but also secondary yeast and bacterial infections that often accompany the condition. She developed chronic diarrhea from all the repeated antibiotics, and I am quite certain she had intestinal yeast overgrowth issues because of it, too. Yeast infections developed on the bottoms of her feet as well as across her rear end where the demodex and bacterial infections hit her the hardest.
6: What State, Country or Provence this occurred in: Cochise County, Arizona.
7: Whether or not your veterinarian informed you of the potential/possible risks/side effects BEFORE dispensing the named drug/vaccination, stating whether such information was provided verbally and/or in written form: NO! Never so much as a whispered word of doubt, suspicion or concern about possible adverse reactions. Even AFTER Ashlee developed demodectic mange, the vet continued to vaccinate according to "schedule" for rabies. (Lord, I wish I had known better........) We did, not, however vaccinate her for parvo, distemper and what not again. My vet advised against it because she was so sick all the time.
8: Where you learned about the potential/possible risks/side effects of the drug/vaccination [i.e., www.srdogs.com, group list, friend, Internet research, TV/news, etc.]: Researching on the internet, in books, via Yahoo groups, and pulling the pieces together with those aids.
9: State whether or not you would still have allowed the drug/vaccination to be given to your pet had you KNOWN of the potential/possible risks/side effects: Absolutely NOT! If I could go back, we would do everything different from day 1, starting with that very first vaccination. If I had been told that the manufacturers package warnings say only to vaccinate HEALTHY animals, I most certainly would NOT have allowed ANY vaccination to be done the day Ashlee was diagnosed with the demodex.
10: The original reason you took your pet to the veterinarian [toenail clipping, vaccinations, injury, any symptoms]: Puppy wellness check and shots. Being a "responsible" new puppy owner.
11: How was your pet's health/life affected after the drug/vaccination? Ashlee was euthanized at 2 years and 9 days of age when her immune system completely collapsed. I am quite certain that all the vaccinations and drugs we dumped in and on her during her short life are what ultimately caused her immune collapse. The body can only handle so many toxins before something gives. To be honest, when I look at the list above and see what all we really put her through in that too short time, I am surprised her immune system didn't collapse much sooner than it did.
12: If you question the truth/accuracy of anything your veterinarian told you about your pet's health, etc., you may use this area to "air" your doubts/concerns: I believe my then vet WANTED to help Ashlee, but I also believe he was poorly educated about what the best way to do that was. Vet schools are simply not teaching a holistic way of looking at animal wellness and care, so why should they look at dealing with disease holistically? :( Also, I have since become aware that demodex is MANY times strongly correlated with hypothyroidism. Ashlee's thyroid levels were NEVER checked. I will not put an animal through the mess we put Ashlee through. Not EVER again if I have any say in the matter. And like I told one vet about an argument we were having - "My animal. I win."
13: Permission to post email address with Survey, ADEs Memorials page, and/or "VET TAILS" page?: Absolutely. If it will help someone, then Ashlee's death will not be in vain. If anyone would like to read more detail about Ashlee's life and struggles, they can read about her at http://myweb.cableone.net/bdturner/page1.htm.