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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: Sep 23, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is my dog having a reaction?

Question:She threw up twice when we got home from getting her vaccines and now she keeps scratching her nose and she feels a little hot. Is this normal

Answer:They can run a little low grade temperature but the vomiting and itchy face sound more like an allergic (or hypersensitive) reaction to the vaccine. It's ok to give Benadryl at 1mg per pound of body weight orally but if she continues vomiting and/or her face starts to visibly swell, take her back to whoever gave her the vaccine for stronger medication for the allergic reaction. Call your veterinarian and have them put it in her chart regardless of how she does because they may want to spread her vaccines out in the future and it will help them figure out which one she is sensitive to.

Date: Sep 21, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: rash all over

Question:Shelby just received her rabies vaccine and has developed a rash all over and she seems to be itching more than normal. Is this a minimal allergic reaction that can be treated with generic benedryl? or should we escalate and bring her to the vet?

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to check her out and probably give her something stronger than Benadryl. If you can't get her back in, go ahead and give her oral Benadryl at 1mg per pound of body weight - so if she is 25 pounds, give her a 25mg Benadryl. You can repeat that every 8 hours until the rash goes away.

Date: Sep 19, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog seems to be in pain after vaccines

Question:My French Bulldog has had a really rough week. Last Wednesday 730am she was attacked by a deer (doe) that was pouncing down on her with her front paws. My wife took her to one of the nearby vets because her normal vet wasn't open yet. The Vet did an examination but no X-rays. They kept her all day and short of bumps and bruises she appeared almost normal. They gave us tramadol for pain and a anti inflammatory. The vet said that if she continues to eat and drink and act normal with no signs of internal bleeding we were out of the woods Friday. She had been acting normal and over the weekend we stopped the anti inflammatory and tramadol pain killer. She had an appointment with her regular vet yesterday for vaccinations and a check up. He said that she looked good other than some dermititus on her. Rlly we have been battling for the whole summer and on and off before Spring/summer. Before Spring/ Summer she would have an occasional breakout that we did some different food changes to get under control. Since Sping summer it seems she is allergic to grass and weeds that she loves to run in. So her regular vet tried a Cytopoint injection to see how and if that will help control the breakouts. Anyways she received the following treatments and injections yesterday morning 10am 1. Rabies 2. Lepto 3. Bordotello 4. Strongid T 5. Heart worm Test 6. Cytopoint injection She seemed fine yesterday until mid morning today. She eats and drinks like normal, urinating fine, and walking around. She doesn't want to jump up and down on the couches or really trying to avoid stairs. She doesn't seem to whimper anywhere to the touch or favoring anything. Could she just be really sore because of the vaccines? Thoughts?

Answer:It may be from her vaccines. It is not unusual to run a low grade temperature for a few hours but if it continues, let your veterinarian know. You may even want to call them and let them know she had a hard time because they can separate those vaccines in the future and she will be less sore.

Date: Sep 18, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies Vaccine

Question:My 4 month purebred standard poodle had her rabies vaccine on Thursday. Friday morning when she tried to stand up, she couldn't. It is now Monday and she is still unable to use her legs to stand up. She can walk and run, but acts like an older dog with severe arthritis. Whines in pain only when trying to stand. She can't stand still in one place without falling and eats laying down. She is eating and drinking just fine, but is very limited in activity. She'd rather lay around. Vet recommended Benadryl every 12 hours. Doesn't seem to be making a difference. I'd also like to add she was diagnosed with a UTI and placed on Keflex the same day so they stopped that on Saturday. Have you ever seen this? Is it usually treatable or permanent. I'm so worried about my girl.

Answer:Sometimes they are achy for just a few hours after the vaccine but I have never seen this manifested as just an inability to stand up, especially 4 days later. I wonder if a vaccine can trigger some kind of autoimmune polyarthropathy, but I have never seen this - you may need to consult a specialist if she continues to have problems. The fact that she still walks and runs fine is really odd as well.

Date: Sep 16, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sick puppy

Question:Hello. I have an 8 WK old standard poodle. We had him vacinnated and dewormer at 8 wks for the first time. He won't eat and has diarreha and some vomitting. It has only been a day but how long do i let him not eat?

Answer:A puppy that young shouldn't go that long without eating anything - I would have your veterinarian check him out. If he is feeling fine and eating by the time you get my reply, go ahead and call them and just let them know so they can note it in his chart for next time. It is not unusual for them to run a low grade temperature for a few hours after a vaccine but not eating for 24 hours with vomiting and diarrhea is considered an adverse reaction.

Date: Sep 9, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lyme vaccine

Question:My 13 yr old westie had Lyme vaccine #1 and lost her appetite for a few days with vomiting. After shot #2, it's been over 10 days and no appetite and an increase in vomiting and lethargy. Na/K RATIO is way off now and she was given antiemetic with no results. Is there a treatment that my vet might not be aware of?

Answer:It's hard for me to blame all of that on the vaccine, especially 10 days later, but we don't use that vaccine a lot down here in Georgia so consult the manufacturer and/or your veterinarian for better information about that. The sodium/potassium ratio being "off" sounds like Addison's disease, which is easy to test for, but it depends on what you mean by "off". Many other things can cause vomiting, especially in a 13 year old, so continue working with your veterinarian to find an underlying cause.

Date: Sep 6, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Chinchilla Vaccines

Question:Hello. I am about to adopt a chinchilla and I just need verification that I do not need to give him any vaccines before taking him home. Thanks so much, Pamela Stravitz

Answer:Good question - I only treat dogs and cats, so I really don't know. Call your local veterinary school and ask for the exotics department - it may depend on the area (country, state, etc).

Date: Sep 2, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Lethargy, loss of appetite

Question:My sheltie puppy got his booster for lepto, and canine DAPvP(1 yr) and Lyme disease vaccine at 1pm today. Completing his vaccine regiment. He is very sleepy and has no appetite. And had the chills. I wrapped him in his blanket to warm him up and left his kibble in his crate. He is 15 Weeks old. He got his rabies shot on 8/30/2017. Should I be concerned?

Answer:If he still feels bad today, have your veterinarian check him out. It is not unusual to run a little low grade temperature after a vaccine but he should be back to normal today.

Date: Aug 31, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sideaffects

Question:My dog got a rabies vaccine on Aug, 22. Past two days he feels hot to me and is shaking. He won't eat or drink and is not steady on his legs. Is this a result from his vaccin?

Answer:No, the reaction wouldn't be delayed and start 8-9 days later.

Date: Aug 30, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies vacine reaction

Question:My five month old 5 lb chihuahua puppy is having a terrible reaction from a rabies shot today can I give him Benadryl to help him feel better through the night and how much

Answer:We usually use 1 mg per pound so he would only need about 5 mg by mouth. You will have to use Children's liquid Benadryl and give him a little less than 1/2 of a Children's dosage. It is ideal to take him to the emergency room if it is "terrible" though - they will have better, stronger, injectable medications that can make him feel better almost immediately.

Date: Aug 26, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rabies

Question:My 9 month old German shepherd received the rabies vaccine for the first time 2 days ago. He experienced lethargy and nausea the day after the vaccine but has since been acting unlike his normal puppy behavior. He has still been laying around and not very active and also acting like something keeps biting him. We have checked for fleas and haven't seen any. He will be laying down somewhere and jump up like he just got stung by a bee. I am just wondering if this is a reaction to the vaccine, or if it's something else that needs a vet's attention.

Answer:It may be an adverse reaction to the vaccine. I would definitely call and inform the veterinarian that gave him the vaccine - they will need to note it in his record and they need to know in case they start seeing more adverse reactions to their Rabies vaccine. If he got more than just the one rabies shot, they may want to split his vaccines up in the future. You can give him oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at 1 mg per lb - so if he weighs 50 pounds, give him 50mg which is 2 x 25mg capsules. This will make him a little tired but may help the itchiness.

Date: Aug 21, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Antibiotics

Question:Can I give my 3month old kitten antibiotics for diarrhea just 3 days from receiving first vaccine? Thanks

Answer:There are only a few specific antibiotics that help diarrhea - most will make it worse. It would be ideal to consult with the veterinarian that gave the vaccine - they will know the kitten's history better: what dewormers the cat has been given, whether a fecal has been done, etc. to try to figure out why the kitten has diarrhea and what the best treatment might be.

Date: Aug 14, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is this normal?

Question:My 14 week old toy yorkie got her parvo vaccination shots they said there would be side effects but I just wanna make sure my baby girl is gonna be ok.... at first she seemed fine but now she is breathing rapidly and panting like she is thirsty but it drinking. Is she gonna be ok? My husband says it will pass but being a mom I am worried...

Answer:She might be a little sore, achy and a little lethargic (mopey) - they can run a low grade temperature, usually just the day of the vaccine. Breathing rapidly can be due to a lot of things, but if she worsens, definitely have them recheck her. Things to look for: facial swelling, vomiting, hives, extreme lethargy - these many be signs of an allergic reaction and you would definitely want to have her checked if you see any of those.

Date: Jul 28, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Vaccine Reaction

Question:My dog got her rabies shot yesterday, 10 hours later she presented with a high fever, loss of bladder control and difficulty with balance (she behaved like she was drunk and is almost falling down) her head weaves back and forth and she flinches and jumps when we reach to pet her or when she gets to close to an object as if her depth perception is off. The vet said she had never heard of this reaction to a rabies vaccine and thought she ate something toxic, however, I know she has not been into anything. The symptoms lasted about 7 hours then she was better this morning. At 6:00 pm this evening the symptoms began again. What could be going on and what can I and should I do for her?

Answer:I would take her back to see your veterinarian - they can run blood tests to determine what is going on. They can also give her anti-inflammatories if it is secondary to the vaccine to kind of calm her immune system down. Record what she is doing on your phone if you can - a lot of the times when they get to the vet's office, they won't do what they are doing at home.

Date: Jul 19, 2017
Category: Vaccine Reaction
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: senior dog

Question:My pet Kayla she is a 59 pound dog 12 years old. I have read that a senior dog does not require shots every year. She is an inside dog that I walk every morning and evening. They say senior dogs can go every 3 to 5 years. What is your feelings on this?

Answer:Yes, if she has been reasonably well-vaccinated throughout her life, she can go 3 years between (most) vaccines (DHPP and Rabies). There are some exceptions - like Kennel cough, Influenza, leptospirosis, Lyme, etc. These are given based on her "lifestyle" and where you live. Discuss all of this with your veterinarian and see what vaccines are best for her.


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