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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: 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

Date: Dec 24, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Reaction

Question:My. 4 Yo Shiba Inu Had Multiple Vaccinations Yesterday. He Appeared Fine But Today He Is Shaking And Won't Get Out Of Bed. At What Point Do I Take Him To The Emergency Vet?

Answer:If Signs Persist More Than 12 To 24 Hours, Then You Should Take To Er Vet. In Future, Dont Get Your Pet Multiple Vaccinations Like This, As This Increases Risk Of Reactions In My 26 Year Experience And Opinion. Also Keep In Mind That Most Of The Core Viral Vaccinations, Such As Parvo Or Distemper Virus Vaccinations, Give Immunity That Lasts For Many Years, If Not The Life Of The Animal, So I Would Avoid Those Vaccinations If Possible. Stay Away From Noncore Vaccinations Such As Bordatella Or Lyme Or Lepto Vaccinations. Also Try And Only Get The 3 Year Licensed Rabies Vaccination So As To Not Overvaccinate With That One Either

Date: Dec 18, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Side Effects.

Question:My Kitten Is A 4 Months Old Male, He Got His Vaccine Yesterday, First Shot, And He's Been Very Quiet, Seeming Sore, And If Anyone Approaches Near The Area Of The Vaccine, He Screams, So We Immediately Learned To Avoid That. His Appetite Is Low. But There Are No Other Side Effects So Far. He's Always Sleeping, Uncomfortable, Changing His Position, And Occasionally Meowing A Few Times. I Don't Know If That's Normal, And How To Ease His Bothersome. He Had His Vaccine At 7 O'clock Pm, And He Started Acting Off About Two Hours Later. It's 7 Am Now, And He's Still Tired. The Sites I Read Were So Unspecific, And I Don't Know What To Do.

Answer:Hopefully Will Wear Off In Next Few Hours, However If Signs Persist Or Worsen, Best To See Local Vet For Vaccine Reaction

Date: Dec 15, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccines

Question:Does My Dog Need A Vaccination For Canine Influenza And Parainfluenza? My Vet Wants To Charge Me For Both.

Answer:In My Opinion And Experience, I Dont Recommend Either Of These Vaccinations. I Dont Think Vaccinations For These Agents Are Effective Or Proven Safe.

Date: Dec 10, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Lethargic 3 Weeks After Vaccination

Question:3 Weeks Ago My 3 Year Old Cat Got Rabies, Felv And Fvrcp Vaccinations. Since Then She Has Been Very Lethargic, She Is Eating But Sleeps All The Time. I Don't Think She's Grooming As Much Either. Before I Take Her Into The Vet I Was Wondering What Are The Possibilities And Would There Be Solid Treatments For Her? What Would Be The Standard Tests They Would Want To Do For A Diagnosis? Thanks!

Answer:They Should Do Complete Medical Exam Including Possibly Blood Work, Urine Analysis If Needed. Very Often These Cats That Become Chronically Ill, After Vaccinations(known As Vaccinosis In Holistic Veterinary Medicine) Do Best, If Nothing Found In Conventional Medical Workup, To Seek Out Services Of A Holistic Or Homeopathic Veterinarian, Who Is Best Able To Treat The Chronic Effects Of Vaccinosis On A Long Term Basis. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com Many Homeopathic Vets Do Offer Phone Consultations

Date: Nov 20, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Not Eating, Drinking After Vaccines

Question:My 10 Week Old Great Dane Had Dhlp-pv, Liquid Deworm, And Corona Puppy On Friday. Has Not Eaten Since That Afternoon. Not Drinking Much. Throwing Up And Liquid Diarrhea. Also Has Blister On Belly. No Emergency Vet In My Area, Can You Give Me Any Recommendations?

Answer:Not Much I Can Auggest On This At Home. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Vet For Recheck

Date: Nov 12, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Vx Reaction??

Question:Our Three Year Old Cat Had Her Annual Vaccines Today....fvrcp And Rv. She Has Been Vaccinated Yearly Since She Was A Kitten. Appt Was Normal, Brought Her Home And Then Ran Errands. When Arrived Back Home 6+ Hours Later Her Lymph Node On The Left Side Of Her Face Under Her Jaw Bone Is Very Swollen!! She Lets Me Touch It And Manipulate It So Assume It Is Not Tender Or Sore. Should I Take Her To Emergency Room Tonight Or Wait This Out? Why The Reaction This Year When She's Been Vaccinated For Years With No Issue? Thanks For Help....our Reg Doc Is Closed And I Am Not Sure This Merits Contacting Local Vet Emergency Room?

Answer:Sorry To Hear Of Your Cat's Reaction. I Have Seen Many Pets Over My Career That Often Dont React To Shots When Young, But Will As They Get Older. I Would Have Vet Assessment When You Can. You Should Also Know That Most Core Viral Vaccinations In Cats, Such As Feline Panleukopenia And Feline Rhino And Calici Virus Have Immunity That Lasts For Years To Occasionally Life Time In Pet. Yearly And Even Triyearly Vaccinations Are Most Of Time Not Needed In Cats

Date: Nov 6, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Parvovirus Vaccine

Question:I Have A 15 Yr Old Cocker Spaniel. She Has Had Yearly Vet Visits And Recommended Shots Since She Was A Puppy. She Does Not Now Leave The Backyard And No Other Dogs Have Been In The Yard For Years. Does She Need To Continue Getting Shots, Parvovirus Specifically? I Still Maintain Monthly Heart Worm. For An Old Dog, What Do You Recommend I Continue With?

Answer:In My Opinion, Any Vet Who Continues Yearly Vaccinations For A Puppyhood Disease Like Parvo Which Typically Provides Years To Life Time Immunity, Is Not Practicing Ethical Veterinary Medicine.

Date: Nov 4, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccinations

Question:I Have Two Dachshund Puppies That Had Puppy Shots At 6 Weeks Then I Got Sick And They Missed Their Follow Up Shots. They Are Now 4 Months And I Know They Need Rabies But How Do I Catch Up Their Other Shots?

Answer:After 16 To 18 Weeks Of Age, One Combination Parvo/distemper Vaccination Should Be All That Is Needed For Long Term Immunity. I Would Not Repetitively Overvaccinate Them At This Age, As This One Shot Should Confer Long Term Immunity That Likely Will Last For Years. This Breed Very Sensitive To Vaccination Reactions. Also Separate Rabies Out From The The Final Distemper/parvo Shot By 3 To 4 Weeks To Reduce Side Effects

Date: Oct 30, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible Reaction?

Question:My 5 Month Mixed Breed (pit/pomchua) Received His Dhp, Parvo, And Rabies On 10/28/2017. Yesterday He Seemed Fine. Today He Is Having Problems Keep Food Down And Is Very Tired Acting. Could This Be A Reaction To The Shots?

Answer:While Most Traditionally Trained Veterinarians Would Deny Any Delayed Immune Reactions After Vaccinations(which Are Well Documented), These Issues May Occur And May Cause Digestive And/or Other Systemic Delayed Reactions On Occasional Cases. See The Education Article On The Website Www.rabieschallengefund.org By Ron Schultz, Phd, Which Address This Issue.

Date: Oct 25, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Loss Of Appetite And Energy

Question:Hello. i Have A 3 Month English Bulldog Who Just Had His Vaccines 3 Days Ago. Today He Has Not Ate, He Looks Extremely Sad, He Does Not Respond Us, His Body Is Warm And Overall Doesn't Want Anything. What Can It Be? Should I Be This Concerned?

Answer:I Would Return To Vet For Recheck As Sounds Like Vaccination Reaction To Me

Date: Oct 8, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies Shot

Question:My 7lb Yorkie Got A Rabies Shot And 4 Hours Later Is Wheezing And Coughing Wont Let Me Touch His Thoart. I Felt Some Cracking In His Thoart. Is This Allgeric Reaction Or Kennel Cough?

Answer:Most Likely Allergic Reaction To Rabies. If Signs Persist Or Worsen, See Vet.

Date: Oct 8, 2016
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Deworming

Question:Hay I've Got A Boabull And She's About 2months Can I Give Her A Deworm Pill Meant For Humans?

Answer:I Do Not Recommend That


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