When to Call the Vet after Vaccination

Not everyone would agree that you should get booster injections and vaccines for your pets.  While your vet and local regulations require that your pet be vaccinated for rabies, there are a couple of side effects that you should know about.  Additionally, other vaccines can cause side effects, so if you notice some reactions that are quite out of the ordinary, go to the vet immediately.

When to contact your vet after vaccinating your cat or dog.

Vaccines for Cats and Dogs

There are two types of vaccines that your pet should get: core and non-core vaccines. Core vaccines are for life-threatening diseases with a worldwide distribution.  It is imperative, wherever you may be, that your pets get their core vaccinations.  Non-core vaccines, on the other hand, are for animals which are at risk of certain infections in relation to their lifestyle and your location.

Core vaccines for dogs protect them from canine adenovirus, canine parvovirus and distemper virus.  Feline core vaccines include parvovirus, herpesvirus and calicivirus.  Non-core vaccines for dogs fight canine parainfluenza virus, Bordetella bronchiseptica and Leptospira interrogans.   As for cats, the non-core vaccines are for feline leukaemia virus, Chlamydophila psittaci and feline immunodeficiency virus.

When to Seek Advice for Side Effects

It is normal for your pets to have some reaction with their vaccines, because they are injected with live reactive viruses and their bodies are fighting it off.  This gives the emergency center a lot of calls because pet owners worry after seeing some signs of ill health right after vaccination.   What are the signs that you should call your vet?

  • Sleepy, no appetite and hot to the touch – give it, at most, 48 hours for your pet’s appetite to get back to normal
  • Firm lump where the pet was injected – observe for 3-5 days unless abscess occurs or your pet does not get any better
  • Sneezing and discharge from eyes and/or nose – these usually come about especially if they gave your pet cough and intra-nasal vaccines.  If the clear watery discharge changes color (yellow or green), better visit the vet
  • Anaphylactic reaction – like humans, our pets may also develop anaphylactic reactions to the foreign bodies that have been introduced to their system.  Severe allergic reactions must be reported immediately to your vet.

There are worse reactions that may develop after vaccination; this is why some people argue against having their pets vaccinated.  Some of the side effects are life-threatening and that is why added attention should be given to your pets a few days after they receive their vaccination.   Finally, remember to keep your vet’s number on speed dial in case of emergency.

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There are 3 comments

  • denise says:

    i have a 3 year old rescue he is half chichaua and half jack russell terrier. he is 16 pounds and very muscular. he went to a pet supply store for his shots. he recieved his 3 year rabies and a 3 year dap shot. he had a terrible reaction to the shots. he had fever, diaharria, and was always shivering like he was cold. he slept all day, wouldnt eat. he had both these shots last year separately and had no reaction but both together on same day doesnt work well for him.

  • Gwennette Bailey-Johnson says:

    I took my dog to the vet on Wednesday they advised me to have her vaccinations done they gave her a parvo vac a bordetella vac and rabies vac and now she limping, shivering and she won’t eat much what should I do?

  • AKhoriaty says:

    Hi Gwennette. If you haven’t already, we recommend you contact your vet for advice. I hope your dog is feeling better!
    ~ Abby, PetMeds Pro

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