Woman’s dog dies minutes after receiving routine lyme disease vaccine at Brighton area vet

Boxer dies in car after receiving lyme disease vaccine

Vaccination for lyme disease kills dog
Vaccination for lyme disease kills dog

BRIGHTON, Mich. – A Metro Detroit woman’s dog died minutes after receiving a routine vaccine that’s very popular this time of year.

Monica Morency Hanaway said her beloved boxer, Greg, died in her car last week, just minutes after leaving what was scheduled to be a routine visit to a veterinarian in the Brighton area.

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The 6-year-old dog had never been to that vet’s office before, but he was in need of some routine vaccines. Hanaway said the lyme disease vaccine made her nervous because Greg had never received it before.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Hanaway had to wait in her car until the appointment was over. A staff member brought Greg out to her afterward and said he was fine, but she said that clearly wasn’t the case.

Hanaway is having Greg examined at Michigan State University.

Her vet sent her a note, explaining the vaccines that were given to her dog at the appointment.

While doing research online, Hanaway discovered some dogs have reactions to the lyme disease vaccine, and while she’s still waiting to learn more about Greg’s death, she’s encouraging other dog owners to ask questions and do your homework.

She said it’s important to know the risks associated with certain treatments and vaccines.

You can hear from Hanaway in Hank Winchester’s full video above.


About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Derick is a Senior Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.