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tswanger posted:
My 8 lb 4 year old dog had her booster shots (3 yr rabies, parvo, etc & de-worming) yesterday (2:20 p.m. PST) and has been extremely lethargic, shaking (shivering) yet panting, yelps when picked up, loss of appetite/thirst. No vomiting or diarrhea. Are these typical symptoms of reactions to the vaccinations? How long do they usually last?
Home2strays responded:
Yes that sounds like a typical reaction, call your vet and let them know- they may want to change manufacturers if they get a lot of reaction complaints. Some benadryl will help or if shes very tender go back to your vet and get something for pain. good luck!
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi Tswanger,

Yes, this can be a reaction to the vaccination. They are infrequent but can occur. Excellent advice on contacting your veterinarian (some of these reactions can get quite severe) and for some treatment to speed up your dog's recovery. We do not like them lasting long, but sometimes even with treatment with antihistamines, etc. they can be off for a day or so. Recording that there was a problem will help us avoid it in the future. We may use a different type of vaccination, check for titer levels that would support protection, etc.

Dr. Sandy


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