How To Treat the Rabies Miasm

What Is the Rabies Miasm (and Vaccinosis)?

Helping the body heal naturally with veterinary homeopathy is exceptionally rewarding. We all want our beloved companion animals to remain in the best health possible.

In homeopathy, signs and symptoms are known to be early warning signs of internal imbalance. Scientifically evaluating them helps allow optimal health maintenance. It is also a very effective way to treat problems once they arise to maximize quality and length of life.

Dr. Jeff Feinman is a certified vet homeopath in Weston CT who treats vaccinosis and provides lifelong care for your puppy and kitten.

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There are also some potential frustrations in being a veterinary homeopath. One of these, is diagnosing conditions that conventional veterinary medicine doesn’t even recognize. I am thinking specifically of diseases that result from vaccinations (vaccinosis) like the rabies miasm.

Sure, it is well known that vaccination can cause a myriad of serious problems. Virtually every disease examined so far can have an immune-mediated component. Vaccination has been known for many years to result in these auto-immune diseases.  Everything from allergic skin dis-eases to cancer.

Behavior Changes After Vaccination

Some of these post-vaccination problems include serious behavior changes. These may include sudden aggression, reactivity, anxieties, fears, phobias, etc. Virtually any new “over-the-top” behavior can be seen and have been well described.

Behavior changes after vaccination are unfortunately often overlooked by conventionally trained veterinarians. Most veterinarians want to do their best to help your pet. The rigorous scientific and clinical training we obtained during our training should absolutely not be abandoned. Yet some of us have developed closed minds. A closed mind obscures clear and scientific vision.

This is especially true when it comes to recognizing and treating dis-eases due to vaccination like the rabies miasm. Proper diagnosis and treatment are not possible if the veterinarian or trainer is not aware of (or “believe” in) the energetic imbalance that can result from vaccination.

Dr. Jeff Feinman treats rabies miasm as a certified vet homeopath in Weston CT

The rabies miasm can turn a sweet and loving pup into a snarling menace.

Treatment For Pets With Behavior Problems?

Training and behavior modification are usually tried prior to veterinary evaluation. Sometimes, training, environmental management and behavior modification will help sufficiently. Often though, they are just not enough. In these situations, general veterinarians and vet behavior specialists often turn to psychotropic medications. These too often fail. These pets (usually dogs) can be treated however.

Rabies vaccination has been most frequently implicated in these post-vaccinal behavior changes. Most states require repeated vaccinations. Clinically, there a higher incidence of behavior problems developing in the young adult after the second vaccination (unpublished data from Dr. Jean Dodds).

The maximal legal duration of rabies immunization is currently three years. This duration of immunity is being re-evaluated and hopefully will be extended. Less frequent rabies vaccination will decrease the incidence of the rabies miasm.

There Are Many Reported and Successfully Treated Cases of Vaccinosis and the Rabies Miasm

Rex is a great example of a dog whose behavior problems can be associated directly with rabies vaccination. He was rescued at about 7 months of age. He was underweight but adorable and relatively well-behaved. Inadvertently, Rex had already received two rabies vaccinations. Two months later his behavior changed.

Rex became impossible to take on a walk. Many environmental stimuli would cause him to freeze and not want to move. At times he even seemed to be hallucinating or enter a trance-like state. Especially in bright sunshine. In contrast and even more concerning to his worried guardian was Rex’s sudden onset of aggression. If he saw another dog, especially larger dogs, Rex would start barking, growling and lunging like a rabid dog.

Multiple dog trainers were unable to help these problems. He was excessively jumpy and nippy. Some trainers would not even work with him. Fortunately Rex’s guardian had heard about the rabies miasm. She knew that her poor rescue pup had many of its’ signs and that homeopathic treatment could help.

Rex is a handsome "devil" with a zest for life.

Rex is a handsome “devil” with a zest for life.

Within a few weeks of Rex’s first homeopathic medicine he stopped reacting to unseen “demons”. Over the next few months and with continued homeopathic treatment, Rex continued to improve. Currently his anxieties and aggression are minimal and his aggression. In time, they should resolve altogether.

Rabies Miasm Can Be Seemingly Unrelated to Rabies Vaccination

Zeke is another patient whose rabies miasm symptoms resolved with homeopathic treatment. Usually he was aloof but an otherwise sweet and adored family dog. With minimal stimulation however, he would bite. Consultation with many trainers and behavior specialists proved frustrating and unsuccessful. Physical and herbal treatments also didn’t help. In fact, one device designed to relieve anxiety provoked aggression. Zeke was getting worse, not better.

Within a few days of his first homeopathic medicine, Zeke was a happier and calmer dog. For the first time in his life he would even wag his tail and show affection. Over the months, his temperament improved. He was doing better in training and competitions. Within the year, his lifelong behavior problems resolved. The only remaining issue to be treated was a skin problem.

What Can Be Done To Treat the Rabies Miasm

Rex and Zeke were both treated for signs and symptoms of the rabies miasm. Homeopathic medicines were used that have also been employed to treat clinical rabies.

Interestingly, there was no clear association of rabies vaccination in one of these dogs. This is important so that your veterinarian and you do not prematurely rule out dis-eases secondary to vaccination.

If you suspect the rabies miasm or other problems from vaccination, please consult a trained homeopathic veterinarian. The sooner the better. Certainly before you throw up your hands and give up. S/he can help improve your pets’ quality of life.

Please report any behavior change that occurs after rabies vaccination. Either to your veterinarian or at my Facebook community or on the vaccination issues forum.

Thanks so much. Be well.

Dr. Jeff

  1. This article confuses me! I am not a homeopath nor have I studied homeopathy in detail. However, I have learned that miasms are inherited. So, do vaccinations bring out these miasms that were inherited or are they created?
    Thank you for your response!

  2. Great question Vicki. The concept of miasms can indeed be confusing. They are not necessarily an essential part of the homeopathic medical philosophy. Many professional homeopaths are confused by Hahnemann’s conception of miasms (vs. today’s understanding).

    The short answer, according to my understanding is that miasms can indeed be inherited. But not necessarily.

    Vaccination can indeed bring out (and even create) a particular tendency to get sick in one way or another. This can be considered the miasmatic tendency.

    Rabies vaccination (or the infectious dis-ease of rabies) does this in a certain way such that the rabies miasm symptoms become prominent.

    If the mom or dad is manifesting rabies miasm symptoms then the pups can be born with this miasmatic tendency. Even prior to vaccination.

    Does that make sense? Please feel free to ask any other questions.

    Dr. Jeff

  3. Hello, I am going to be vaccinating my 8 month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy with his first rabies vaccine to comply with the law. There is no family history of adverse reactions that I am aware of, BUT I want to be cautious. Should I use Lyssin and if so when? Does Lyssin help prevent damage caused by rabies vaccine? Also is there a specific brand of rabies vaccine and/or dose I should ask for OR avoid ? Would I give the nosodes prior to the rabies vaccine since he has NEVER been vaccinated ? I live in Jax, Fl and my options for holistic vets are limited, the ones in my area do not acknowledge the dangers of vaccines. Where can I purchase Lyssin for rabies ? Any information you have is GREATLY appreciated….Thank you for your time.

  4. Hi Allison-

    Great questions! I’m so glad to hear that you are being proactive about your pup’s health.

    The best way to prevent any ill effect from rabies vaccine is to insure that he is in a good strong equilibrium before you vaccinate. Ideally you’d start working with a vet homeopath at least 4-6 weeks prior to the vaccine (remote consultations can work well in this situation since you don’t have any local vet homeopaths).

    Review the common vs. “normal” symptoms at: These are clues that a subtle imbalance exists.

    Unfortunately there are no one or two homeopathic medicines that are true preventatives against rabies vaccinosis. Lyssin (“hydrophobinum”)is actually an energetic form of the dis-ease itself and is not indicated in most dogs that receive rabies vaccinations.

    I definitely would stick with a thimerosal (and mercury) free vaccine such as the one from Merck.

    Feel free to contact me if I can help further. You can find certified vet homeopaths at

    Good luck!

    Dr. Jeff

  5. Good evening, i have a few questions in regards to my cockapoo, first of all she seems to have a yeast issue that i can not seem to clear up, she has been to several vets none of which were able to clear it up. what do you recommend? also she recently tore her ACL, the vet wants to do surgery, she is 22 pounds, is it a must to have this done?…i read that if the dog is under 30 pounds that is not recommended to have surgery and if that is true what can i do to help her heal?

    • Hi Tammy-

      Your pup has a few common (but not normal) symptoms such as the ear discharge and ACL rupture. This indicates that strengthening her internal balance will help her overall. This includes her ears and any connective tissue abnormalities that could have predisposed to the ACL rupture.

      Regarding surgery or not, my reply really depends on the situation. If she is overweight, I’d strongly advise weight loss and examining her diet. Also, was this an obviously acute rupture? For example, did she twist when running then suddenly come up lame?

      Feel free to get back to me (maybe also post a picture) and I’ll be happy to help as far as I am able.

      Dr. Jeff

  6. I have a brother sister pair that I suspect having rabies miasm. I brought them to be spayed/neutered (female was emergency since she locked up with a NEUTERED male and unlocked far too soon and dislodged her uterus). ASPCA Clinic told me they would have to have their rabies shots. Having no choice (female was bleeding more than during heat) I consented. I arrive and they insist on distemper also. They swore they would only give rabies and distemper. They gave a 5 in 1 vaccine which included parvo which they already had after utility worker came in our yard.
    Both were so terrified by something during their short stay at clinic (I waited for them) that BOTH had “releases” from their anal glands and are now extremely fearful and bark aggressively at visitors. BUT they both enjoy playing with a water hose. Someone told me if they weren’t afraid of water, they didn’t have rabies miasm. Is this accurate? Neither have been the same since they came home.

    • Hi bakbrakr1-

      No. It’s not accurate. Some dogs that have the rabies miasma are not afraid of running water (such as out of a hose).

      “Extremely” fearful of strangers (and other fears) however can indeed be a significant rabies miasma sign.

      I’d suggest homeopathic treatment if this is limiting their lives.

      Dr. Jeff

  7. My 7 year old male dog had a reaction to his first shots (age 15 weeks), he started vomiting and vomiting. I called the vet and took him back in and they gave him fluids and charged another $50 but he stopped vomiting. He has always been very vocal when someone comes to the door and once they are inside he spins in circles. He also had mild seizures and really bad car anxiety, he will pant and shake for the entire 5 hour ride to my sisters. I started him on Core Wellness a year ago and his seizures have all but stopped, car anxiety is better but still there as well as freaking out when friends stop by. I tried Benadryl (advised by Vet) but even if I give him 2 it doesn’t help. We only have one Homeopathic Vet in our town and she isn’t taking new patients. Any advise? Thank you, Grama Su

    • Thanks for your question.

      The good news is that you can consult with some vet homeopaths by phone or Skype. Even if they are not in your area.

      Because of the seizure history, he should have a complete homeopathic evaluation before using any homeopathic medicines for his car anxiety (and other common but abnormal symptoms ). You could however give one or two (depending on his size) ginger extract capsules 45-60 minutes before the car ride.

      Good luck!

      Dr. Jeff

  8. My Shiloh shepherd loves herding, and was ahead of the curve when he started training. However, he had his rabies vaccination the day prior to a training class, and he just went crazy, diving in and biting the sheep. My colleague who I was working with, and I both recognized the correlation, and ended for the day. No other incidents after that thankfully.
    However, my friends GSD is a senior who suffers from miasm. She attacked my ridgeback mix who she adores for no reason, and put a hole in his side. We consulted with a reiki expert who mentioned rabies miasm, and recommended homeopathy treatment and color therapy. She’s much improved, but still has a way to go.
    As a trainer who specializes in aggression rehab my first order of business is to rule out medical conditions or vaccinosis as a possible cause or contributing factor to the aggression prior to officially starting the rehab program.

    • Excellent approach Kelli.

      I just returned from treating the pups homeopathically. They take on “blacklisted” dogs. Many of which are aggressive and were about to be killed by other shelters.

      After proper training and homeopathic treatment, the majority of these dogs make fine family companions. With proper management and treatment they can be fully rehabilitated.

      In what part of the country do you reside and work? How can pet owners in need reach you?


      Dr. Jeff

  9. What is the problem with his eyes? I wonder if that is also part of his problem with aggression. Is it from his vaccinations also or something he already had?

  10. Hi Chris-

    Whose eyes do you mean?

    Dr. Jeff

  11. Unfortunately, I did not see your website soon enough to save our dog. Dozer was a 2 year old German shepherd mix neutered male. He received his 2nd rabies vaccine at the end of July. In the middle of September, he attacked our older dog suddenly and without provocation. We were in the middle of remodeling our kitchen and attributed the aggressive behavior to the stress of the remodel. Within a week another attack occurred. Dozier was also becoming overly aggressive towards people walking by the house. We decided to seek the advise of a trainer. Although Dozer had always been well mannered and obeyed commands, it was obvious that something was going on. After the third attack on our older dog, it was obvious that we needed to make a permanent alteration to Dozer’s living space and restricted him to the kitchen area for everyone’s safety. Then we noticed Dozer was having trouble recognizing a family members when they came home, barking and growling until the person spoke and was recognized. Dozer was also becoming aggressive to our cats – even when they were in other areas of our home, he obviously wanted to chase them. After long discussion and debate, our family decided to surrender Dozer to the local animal shelter. We hoped that this would give him the opportunity to be the only pet in a new household and allow him to have a better life. In discussing the issues that led to our surrendering our beloved friend, the shelter staff did an assessment of Dozer and said there would be no trouble finding him a home as he was well trained and friendly. We were sad to leave him, but hopeful that this would be the right thing. After 10 days of not seeing his profile posted on the shelter’s website, I had to check on our dear friend. I received the distressing news that he had been euthanized that morning. The reason for the decision was that he had gotten progressively more aggressive towards other animals and staff. He was growling when staff would try to give him food and water. They had tried working with him, but he just continued to get worse. I was heart broken at the news. The dog that was described to me did not resemble the loving friend that I knew and I started to look for answers that might explain how he could have deteriorated so quickly. Thank you for providing the answer.

  12. OMG! I’m so sorry to hear Dozer’s terrible story Dawn.

    I’m sure that you will seek out homeopathic care for any new pets that you adopt. Optimizing internal energetic equilibrium and seeking prompt homeopathic treatment will minimize many problems including vaccinosis.

    Good luck.

    Dr. Jeff

  13. OMG! I’m so sorry to hear Dozer’s terrible story Dawn.

    I’m sure that you will seek out homeopathic care for any new pets that you adopt. Optimizing internal energetic equilibrium and seeking prompt homeopathic treatment will minimize many problems including vaccinosis.

    Good luck.

    Dr. Jeff

  14. Is there any way to just start homeopathic treatment without consulting a vet? Also, will the homeopathic nosode Lyssin, if given on the same day as a rabies vaccination as well as on many days after do anything to ruin the effectiveness of the vaccination? (in humans and pets) For example, will the vaccination still “take” or be effective, develop antibodies in the subject if Lyssin is used as a “detox”?

  15. Hallo Dr Jeff,

    We have 4 year old German Shepherd, that we believe has Rabies Miasma. We had him since he was a puppy and developed weird behavior later after his vaccination (5 in one day). First we didn’t know why he started to show anxiety towards people and other dogs and later he started to aggressively lunging at people and dogs when we took him for a walk. After trying pretty much everything in the last some years from a personal trainer to a animal behavior specialist who also put him on Prozac for a while but we decided to wean him off it because I believe it would be not good for his health in the long term. After reading about Rabies Miasma, I am pretty convinced that is what he suffers from. Here are some of the symptoms he has: Rage, agitation, sudden attacks, unprovoked attacks,Obsessive/compulsive behaviors chasing balls, Frequent or spasmodic sneezing,Spasms in the jaws,Choking, gagging, or coughing, Involuntary urination, violent itching with no obvious causation. I was also reading about that the treatment with Belladonna was successful for this condition ? Thank you, Ute Stockinger

  16. I’m so sorry to hear about your pup’s vaccine reaction Ute.

    Although Belladonna is indeed one of (many) homeopathic medicines for treating the rabies miasm, the correct treatment is based on strict individualization.

    You can find a vet homeopath at

    Good luck!

    Dr. Jeff

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