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Normal negative reactions to shots?

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by PeytonLove, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. PeytonLove

    PeytonLove Good Dog

    Are there any normal, but negative reactions to shots such as heat or swelling or soreness? Peyton got his shots done Sunday and was slightly off on his left hind where he got his rabies done, and his left shoulder where he got another shot, was very hot last night and somewhat this morning. Normal reactions I'd imagine, yes?
  2. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    They can be a little off for 24hrs. That's generally why I split vaccines.. Rabies at one time, Distemper & Bordetella I usually do together a couple weeks later.
  3. PeytonLove

    PeytonLove Good Dog

    Ah well that makes sense. He doesn't physically seem off, still rambuctious and playful, full appetite, drinking, potty normal so I'm not too worried. Just wanted to be sure the heat wasn't something to really worry about, I guess unless the area starts to swell.
  4. Jim

    Jim Good Dog

    I think they are considered some of the less severe reactions that the dogs have to vaccines but I would tell the vet and have him report it.
  5. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    I wouldn't be too concerned. Next time he gets vaccines, you could give him a dose of Benadryl beforehand. Last time Brody (my cat) got vaccinated, he had a HORRIBLE reaction (think, $550 visit to the ER vet reaction, ugh) and the ER vet told me to dose him with that before I take him for vaccines again.
  6. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    Yeah thats a pretty mild reaction.

    My 11 year old cat has always had horrible reactions to her vaccines, she gets lethargic and wonky. She's getting old enough that I think we just need to stop vaccines and titer if necessary...

    And oddly never had an issue with the dogs or the six year old cat. Vet warned me to be watchful when the Missy cat got her 3 year distemper combo booster and 1 year rabies. And listen to your vet when they say the certain 1 year kind is safer for cats! I was a little peeved to find out it would only be good for one year, but then I did some research on vaccine types and found that 3 year rabies can give cats very aggressive cancer and this certain kind is a LOT safer. Just throwing that out there because I was little freaked out when I discovered that. Glad my vet is always on top of things!
  7. Jim

    Jim Good Dog

    I think that is the vaccine associated feline sarcoma.
  8. Prophecy

    Prophecy Good Dog

    Yes.That's a ''normal'' reaction to vaccination.If you've had a shot in the muscle(think tetnus shot) you can be sore for a few days. The ''hot'' is likely the bodies reaction in making antibodies to fight the ''infection''(vaccines work by mimicing a real infection of the virus,in the case of vaccines the virus has been either killed or modified to not give the disease but to trip an immune response).I got the same type of thing when I got my vaccines for hep/tetnus and MMR for my phlebotomy class(had to have because of working with blood/medical feild)I felt sore,felt crunky,low grade fever and just ewww. That went on for 3-5 days post shot.Then I was ok again.
  9. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    Yes I think that is what its called. Interesting information.

    And I got to find out after the fact that the new antibiotic Convenia can have some serious side effects AFTER the old lady went in for abcesses from the gd ferals attacking her.... luckily she's been fine, but I was not happy about that. I'd rather pill her cranky ass than lose her to some stupid side effects.
  10. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    I always slip the dogs a couple of bendryl before their shots. When they were pups they got sore and kind of cranky after shots, so now the pre-vaccination benadryl is just habit.
  11. PeytonLove

    PeytonLove Good Dog

    hmmm i wish i had known about that! oh well, next year i'll be sure to give him a bendaryl. he doesn't seem affected by it at all, he's still crazy retarded wild.
  12. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    go get a tetanus shot in your arm. same reaction.
  13. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    This is the vaccine you're looking for, for anyone wanting more information:
    Merial Canada Cats Purevax Rabies
  14. Jim

    Jim Good Dog

    Do they inject cats in the body,legs or tail over there?
  15. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Back leg here, but not all vets are created equal :rolleyes:.
  16. Schwe

    Schwe Good Dog

    The vet should typically go over expected minor and major reactions to the vaccines they are giving your dog while in the room with you.

    Localized swelling, tenderness, warmness (aka localized immune response) would be the minor reactions to expect/not worry about. I'll never forget the poor lab pup that came into the clinic where I was interning, face swollen like it had been stung by a swarm of bees. Turned out to be a reaction to the vaccine.

    ---------- Post added at 11:32 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:31 PM ----------

    I think it depends on the vaccine. Most vaccines I've seen are given subcutaneously in the scruff of the neck/withers area.
  17. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    FWIW, I believe PeytonLove went to one of our local low cost clinics (where I take my dogs too).. the vets don't talk about reactions there. Just give the vaccine, a mini exam, and off you go!
  18. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    I've seen vaccine reactions from minor swelling at the site, to extreme tenderness, to screaming/shivering, to facial swelling, to anaphylaxis. The worst reaction I've seen is a current case- a cat presented with a vaccine reaction, fever and wouldn't eat (his owner told us after the fact that he had a similar reaction after getting vaccinated for the same vaccine previously at a shelter). After a week or so of treatment and the fever not coming down, we tested him for FIP and he was positive. The vaccine basically suppressed his immune system enough to allow his body to succumb to the virus.

    As for where vaccines should be given, they should never be given in the scruff. Ya can't amputate a scruff, but you can amputate a leg.

    Vaccines in dogs and cats, just like people, have their risks, and it is up to not only the vet to provide the owner with up-to-date, accurate information, but it also falls on the owner to educate themselves on the risks. Owners should also know what to look for in a vaccine reaction and if they have any questions should be free to call their vet with concerns.
  19. ReneeMcDougal

    ReneeMcDougal Good Dog

    Any time slayer got a shot she would vomit her dinner that night..outside of that no other reactions occured. I think all dogs react a bit to shots.
  20. K9 Love

    K9 Love Good Dog

    Roxy used to get large lumps at the injection site that would last for a month. Roxy will likely never get another vaccine in her lifetime now, Hades may get one more, we'll see in 3 years if his titers come back withstanding the challenge.

    I'd check the by-law where you live. Almost everywhere has a 3 year rabies rules, as most vets administer the rabies shot that is "good" for 3 years. So Peyton may not have to get another shot anyways for 3 years. :)

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