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Ask the Vet About Vaccine Side Effects in Dogs and Cats

Vaccine Side Effects
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Ask the Vet About Vaccine Side Effects in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Apr 17, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Severe fatigue

Question:I got Cole 3 vaccines this morning, DAP-pv Vac-3yr, Leptospira 4serovar 1yr and Borrelia 3wk. Cole is a very active 2yr old APBT and around 3 hours after shots barely moves and when he does whimpers. I have had to hand feed him and give small water bowl. Shots where giving in both back legs and one front leg.

Answer:It is not uncommon to run a low grade temperature after vaccines but it should not be "severe" and he should not "barely move" so you probably want to have him rechecked as soon as you can, preferably where he got the vaccine. They can give him medication to calm down his immune system and make him feel a lot better quickly. You will need to spread out his vaccines in the future - by at least 2 weeks is what an internal medicine specialist said at the last conference I went to (for dogs that seem sensitive to multiple vaccines given on the same day).

Date: Apr 10, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Vaccines

Question:I took my cat to the mobile better yesterday for his shot. Now all he does is lay around and sleep. He was healthy and active before he got the shot. I thought he was having a reaction to the shot but now I'm worried it's killing him. He's 5 years old and just lays around sleeping He's drinking some water and he ate some last night. But he hasn't eaten today. Is there anything I can do? I don't want to lose him because of a shot. Please let me know what I can do. Thank you

Answer:You should contact the company that administered the vaccine - for a lot of reasons : they need to note it in his chart, they will often pay for treatment if he needs it and it is related to the vaccine, they will know if other cats are having problems with that lot # of vaccines, etc. A little lethargy can be normal for about 24 hours after a vaccine but if you are "worried it's killing him", you should really have him rechecked immediately.

Date: Apr 7, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Stomach sick?

Question:I have a very health 7 year old yorkie who just got her rabies and dhpp shot on Monday, booster shots. The last 2-3 days there has been a change in her stool, very soft and mucus like. She is still eating and very playful; but I am still concerned since she has always been healthy and the only problem we have seen has been an ear infection while she was much younger. Can this be caused my the shots or should I take her to get checked? If it is normal, when can I expect it to get better? Thanks

Answer:It may be caused by the stress of the visit or the vaccines but either way, she should be steadily getting better. I would at least call and let your veterinarian know so they can note it in her records. They may want to give you some medicine in case it gets worse over the weekend - most veterinarians are only open this morning. In the future, split her vaccines up - at a conference I went to recently, a specialist said to separate vaccines by at least 2 weeks when a dog seems sensitive to them.

Date: Mar 28, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Had a Jr.rabies shot

Question:My dog was fine all day after she came home and now it's like about 930 she's been home since around 12 she's got sick and her head is like Wigely Bobby did this because by the rabies shots you got sick quite a bit but she was very active before just woke up and got sick and I'm all nervous

Answer:Just vomiting once may not be too alarming but I don't really understand what you mean by "her head is like Wigely Bobby" = this is definitely not normal and you should have a veterinarian take a look at her as soon as possible.

Date: Mar 20, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Reaction

Question:Had our 3 yr old dog westhighland + vaccinated this morning regular yearly and she seems very lethargic and unhappy not well at all can't remember this happening last year should I notify the vet clinic involved

Answer:A little lethargy can be normal, but yes, call and tell your veterinarian that administered the vaccine(s) because they need to know and they will want to note it in her chart for future reference. If she received more than one vaccine, they may want to split her vaccines up in the future and give them on different weeks.

Date: Mar 19, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccine reaction

Question:I took my 8 year old female chihuahua/jack Russell mix to petco for her rabies shot. She was fine the rest of the day, but now the next day she doesn't want to move she seems to be sore and barely wants to move. Should I be concerned? She is eating and drinking when I put it in front of her but she doesn't seem like she wants to move much.

Answer:Definitely at least call and tell Petco. The vaccine company that goes there is usually Vetco - check the paper work that they gave you and give them a call. By the time you get this email, if she is still feeling bad, you should probably have your veterinarian check her out.

Date: Mar 17, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies vaccine

Question:My dog is letargic had rabies vaccine yesterday

Answer:Just a little lethargy can be normal. It shouldn't persist for longer than 24 hours. Call the veterinarian that administered the vaccine and let them know - they will want to note it in your dog's record.

Date: Mar 15, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies and Lymes vaccine

Question:My puppy is a 15 week old Pomeranian and just had the rabies vaccine and first dose of lymes. She appears in pain and is limping. She will eat and drink if I bring it to her but I am worried she can't walk just falls. Thanks in advance

Answer:Just a little achy the evening of the vaccine can be normal, but if she "can't walk just falls", you should have her checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. If it is an adverse reaction to the vaccine, the veterinarian that administered it would be best - the vaccine company may pay for the treatment.

Date: Mar 2, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anti Rabies Vaccination

Question:Last March 1st of this year my 3 mons old puppy just got his anti-rabies vaccination, right after that my puppy don't want to be touched particularly on his back where the anti-rabies has been injected and I can see that there are tears on his eyes it seems that he's in pain. My puppy is not that lively anymore, is it normal? like a side effect? And maybe after a couple days he will be same as he was before?

Answer:Often puppies will be a little achy and run a low-grade temperature after receiving a vaccination. This should only last for about 24 hours. You definitely want to call and tell your veterinarian so they can note it in his chart. If he received more than one vaccination that day, you may want to split up his vaccinations whenever he needs them again.

Date: Feb 18, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bruises and bleeding gums

Question:Is it normal for dogs to have bruises and bleeding gums after anti rabies vaccination?

Answer:Absolutely NOT. This dog needs to have vet exam ASAP, as could be rare severe health threatening immune mediated platelet/blood disorder post rabies vaccination, which I have seen over the years. Full blood panels, including testing for tick born diseases, as well as CBC/platelet blood counts are needed here, which can help guide therapy. Usually immunosuppressive medications are needed if an autoimmune disorder is diagnosed. In future, I would get this dog NO further vaccinations if an autoimmune condition is diagnosed

Date: Feb 16, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vomitting

Question:My 18 week old puppy got his Rabies vaccine today about 4 hours ago and since then he has thrown up 3 times. What should I do? I do not see any swelling or discomfort in him he has continued to eat but I am still unsure of how to proceed.

Answer:if symptoms persist or worsen, see your local veterinarian for recheck. You can try over the counter pepcid AC at dose of one half mg per pound twice daily to calm his stomach. In future, please be aware that he may be a vaccine sensitive dog, and in future, you may want to ask for vaccination titers, instead of getting other non legally requiring vaccinations such as parvo/distemper, where these titer tests can tell you if he even needs any further vaccinations for those viruses. immunity to these core viral vaccinations lasts for years to life of animal.

Date: Jan 28, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Distemper side effect

Question:My 9 yr old male chihuahua received his distemper vac. Now 7 days later is still tired,sleeping often, stands around not moving. He is however eating well, drinking water and has normal bm and voiding well. Are these side effects, and when does it end?

Answer:Lethargy from a vaccine should last less than 24 hours. If he doesn't steadily improve or worsens, I would have them recheck him and maybe run some bloodwork.

Date: Jan 14, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Seizures from vaccine reaction

Question:Small Yorker puppy got 3rd round shouts 5 hrs ago and has had 3rd seizure. Vet is closed. What should I do. Is there any treatment I should be doing at home.

Answer:In situation like this, always should go to ER vet ASAP. I would SKIP future non necessary vaccinations as this reaction would likely recur.

Date: Jan 3, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccination

Question:My 11wks And 5 Days Shihtzu Had His First Vaccine For About An Hour Ago. After 4-5 Hours, Some Changes Occurred To Him. He Keeps On Lying As If He Just Want To Lie On The Floor, Then Hours Later He Starts Vomiting Twice. I'm Worried About My Dog, Is It Normal?or Should I See Doctor For His Medical Assistance?

Answer:He should return to vet ASAP in case like this for recheck as sounds like acute vaccine reaction. In future, consider cutting down on the combination vaccinations often given to young puppies. In other words, I would ask for monvalent or bivalent vaccinations rather than the 5 or 7 in one shots often given by veterinarians, as the more components in the combination shots, the more risk of reactions. Sorry to be late in getting back to you on this. we were having internet issues on the ask the vet questions

Date: Dec 31, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvo

Question:My 17 Month Old Chocolate Lab Is At The Vets With Parvo She's Been There For 5 Days. They Say Her Condition Isn't Getting Worse Or Better, So She's Stable. They Said She Still Having Diarrhea, They Say She Could Come Home By The Beginning Of Next Week, But They Also Said That In Day 3 She Could Come Home By The End Of This Week. Does Her Chances Sound Good To You?

Answer:Every pet is different in terms of survival for parvo. Usually if pet survives first 7-10 days after diagnosis they usually survive. They are best treated in hospital on IV fluids, antibiotics to prevent secondary infections, anti nausea and anti diarrheal injections, etc


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