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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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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: Jun 24, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: vaccination question

Question:I am wanting to vaccinate our new puppy with the 9-way vaccine and bordetella. I see that the 9-way protects against parainfluenza and I also noticed that the bordatella protects against parainfluenza... is it safe to give them both at the same time since they both protect against parainfluenza?

Answer:That is good question - the puppy definitely doesn't need 2 dosages of parainfluenza at once, so definitely don't give them both at the same time.

Date: Jun 20, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Flea vaccine

Question:I think my dog is having an allergic reaction to the vaccine that was administer to him. He eyes are dilated, he breathing a liitle hard. He doesnt want to move he's tail is still wagging but im afraid the dosage was to much for him since he only weighs 5 pounds . Please help me

Answer:Please contact whoever gave him the vaccine - different vaccines have varying potential for allergic reactions and side effects - you calling this a "flea vaccine" has me a little confused as well, so whoever administered it will know your dog better and what "vaccine" was actually given to him and how much to worry about it.

Date: Jun 17, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Reaction

Question:She appears to have the shakes & her body temp is cool

Answer:It is not uncommon to run a low grade temperature and get the shakes after a vaccine. It shouldn't be too bad though, so if she doesn't improve quickly or if she is really mopey/lethargic, you should have a veterinarian check her out.

Date: May 20, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 2 years old German Shepherd

Question: Hello I have a 2yr old male G.Sheperd o take him to the rabies vaccine they want to add the parvo booster shot but after one day he came walking adnormal so i take him to the vet he say i can't be the shots maybe something else but i'm too worry because after he came back home he start urinating red! Like blood and i call them they say that is normal but i don't tink so!!! so they prescrive him amoxixiline 500mlg 2 tables twise a day and novox 75mlg a day before i contact the vet again because he still pee red after i removed novox please tell me what can i do? I'm so worried

Answer:I have never known a vaccine to cause a dog to urinate blood unless he is having some sort of very rare reaction - the two things are more than likely unrelated. Urinating blood is never normal. If it hasn't improved with the antibiotics they need to recheck him and probably take some x-rays looking for stones, etc. They will need another urine sample so try to keep him from urinating before he gets there.

Date: May 8, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Spayed and shot reaction

Question:My dog was spayed and had the parvo and rabies shots she is 2 yrs old. She has had a fever and chills for 2 days she is drinking alittle water and has at alittle too she isa small dog 8.4 lbs. Is there anytging i can do for her?

Answer:BEst to take her to vet if signs persist or worsen. In future you should know that immunity to core parvo/distemper vaccinations lasts for YEARS TO LIFE OF ANIMAL, and that further vaccination for these are likely not necessary. Also try not to allow vets to vaccinate your pet at times of physical, emotional or surgical stress, especially in toy breed like this. If signs still persist in coming weeks, you may want to consult with homeopathic vet trained in detoxing pet like this www.doctordym.com

Date: May 6, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment for seizures after a vaccine

Question:Hi Dr. Dym and Vet Team, My dog Maya, a 12 lb white Maltese Mix Rescue had her last Distemper vaccine when she was 8 years old. Less than 12 hours later, my incredibly healthy, loving and happy dog had a seizure and almost died. She was so sick for almost 7 days to the point where she couldn't even walk. I worked with a herbalist and we got her through it. We put her on herbs, cottage cheese, benedryl etc. However, many things happened after that. Her allergies increased so much so that she is not only allergic to pollens, trees and most grasses, her food sensitivities soared and her diet is very limited. She now has random seizures once or twice per year and I'm not sure how to help her. I've tried everything. As soon as it starts I shove raw honey in her mouth and it stops faster. I'm not sure if she is now hypoglycemic as a result as well so I make sure is fed every 3.5 hours. I'm never late. She eats organic, free range eggs, turkey, boar with spinach and green squash. If I feed her anything else she starts itching uncontrollably. She also gets yeast infections if she eats anything else that is carby - like lentils, carrots, etc. She has dog clothes on right now as it keeps her from itching so bad. If not, she cries and bleeds. I put her on rounds of probiotics and digestive enzymes - one month on/one month off to keep her system as strong as possible. She gets fish oil almost daily. She's sensitive to coconut so I cannot give her that as well. Her blood work is good. Her liver enzymes are just slightly high but that may be due to her eating prior to the blood test. The vet says the blood work is normal. I can't let her have an empty stomach as I'm afraid of a seizure. That's the quick summary. My question is - She is now 11. It's been 3 years since the vaccine. Is it possible that she has toxins from that vaccine in her system still that could be causing the seizures? If so, how can I detox her? Is there a way for me to test if she is hypoglycemic for sure? Any other suggestions as to how I can heal her would be so appreciated. She is just the best dog, I love her so much - she's my whole heart. Any thoughts are so welcome. Thank you! ChrisAnn

Answer:The adverse effects from the vaccine should not be causing her a problem 3 years later (that we know of). It is very rare for an adult dog to have issues with hypoglycemia but it is really easy to check for - in fact, it sounds like she has had a good bit of blood work done and glucose is on almost every panel we run. Getting a fasting blood sample might be a good idea on her to be sure - you could also recheck her liver enzymes with a fasting sample. Allergies are really frustrating but there are many new medications out now that make them more comfortable that have less side effects than some of our older medications. Work with your veterinarian to find the one(s) that might work best for her.

Date: May 4, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is this normal

Question:My dog has had vaccines in past with no problems. This time he thru up 4 times and today he is sleeping a lot but no longer puking. What should I do

Answer:At a minimum you need to call and alert the veterinary office where he got the vaccines - they will want to know that and note it in his records and maybe spread out his vaccines next year or recommend a longer interval for him, etc. If he still feels bad, it would be ideal for them to check him out, take his temp, etc.

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.


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