Side Effects of Canine Vaccines

Alex and I, this past Winter

Well, it’s been a little over 24 hours since I took Alex to the vet for her vaccines and yearly check-up and she is doing fine.  No side effects at all.  I always try to schedule her shots for a day I am going to be home just in case she has a bad reaction to the vaccines she was administered by the vet.

I was given instructions on what to be on the lookout for:

  • Lethargy – Alex slept a lot the day she got her shots
  • Decreased appetite – Alex’s appetite decreased and she did not want to eat breakfast
  • Injection site swollen – She had a little bit of swelling
  • Anaphylactic shock – Alex did not exhibit any of the following signs: vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and death

It is really important that you have an eye on your dog 24 hours after vaccination to make sure that she is doing fine and, you’ll be surprised about this suggestion, shorten her walk.  I only walked her twice for about 15 minutes rather than our customary 30-40 minute walk twice a day.

In general, just go easy on the activities you have plan for your dog after she gets her shots and remember that she’ll probably not be too hungry, but she should be back to her old self after a day or two.  If you have any questions, please contact your vet right away.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s great to hear that your vet let you know what to look out for 🙂

    1. Marcela says:

      She told me what to look out for, and also what my options were for her treatment. Love my vet:)

  2. Dudley usually gets a little swelling around the injection site after an immunization, but his appetite is always ravenous!

    1. Marcela says:

      I am glad Dudley does not loose his appetite. My girl, Alex, usually does, but not until the next day she gets her vaccines.

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