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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.


Alex’s Trip To The Vet

Alex, asleep and very tired after our trip to the vet.

Yesterday, I took Alex to get updated on her vaccines and for her yearly check-up and this is the first time in 10 years when she actually was relaxed and not bouncing off the walls like she has done since she was a puppy.  Why the behavioral change?  Don’t know and quite frankly don’t care either.  I was just glad that my face was not as red as the shirt I was wearing because of embarrassment which is customary when I take her to the vet.  Believe it or not, I was hoping that the vet would think I was having one of those infamous hot flashes I hear so much about rather than realizing that I was dying of embarrassment because of Alex’s hyper nature.

Anyway, my girl was given a clean bill of health and I’d have to take her back in 3 weeks for a booster shot for Lyme disease.  As soon as we got home, she was very thirsty and tired.  I gave her some water and she went straight to bed.  She woke up later and ended up on the couch right next to me.  I sat down to watch TV and I kept touching her.  She probably thought, “Mom, please let me sleep.”  I think it was more for myself than her for I wanted to reassure myself that she was still with me, safe and sound.  Alex is a very healthy girl, but I also know that she is 10 years old so now more than ever I really appreciate the time I have with her.

If you forgot to schedule an appointment to see the vet, please do not delay and get your dog updated on all her vaccines and make sure she gets her yearly check-up.  Enjoy your canine companion.