Taking your puppy to get vaccinated can be a worrisome time – for both you and the little bundle of joy. However, it’s no cause for concern. Keep in mind that your puppy needs a vaccination to prevent infections and viral diseases. After the vaccination, there will be certain side-effects you should know before about, but there’s absolutely no reason to end up in a panic.
Here’s what to expect after your puppy’s vaccination:
- The normal
Within the first 48 hours, it is very normal for your puppy to feel a little tired, even slightly lethargic. It is not uncommon for there to be some swelling on the site of the injection. Your puppy may not want to eat much and you may hear it sneezing or coughing. These are all normal reactions to the vaccine.
- The moderate
Moderate reactions to the vaccination are not always visible. If there’s a definite change in behaviour then it is recommended you speak to your vet. If you see that your puppy is having difficulty breathing such as heaving, or if the lethargy is more severe, causing your puppy to be lame, you should seek medical help from your vet.
- The severe
If any of the following signs appear, you need to seek urgent medical attention for your puppy.
- Severe and constant vomiting and diarrhoea
- Bumpy or itchy skin
- Swelling around the eyes, face or neck
- Difficulty breathing and eventual collapsing
If your dog is suffering from any of these symptoms, then you need to rush to your nearest emergency veterinary hospital.
In most cases, your dog will have normal side effects after a vaccination, similar to human babies. If an allergic reaction occurs, it would most likely occur moments after the vaccination, which means your veterinarian will be there to reverse or control the reaction.
If you are unsure and feel that your puppy is suffering symptoms that are not life-threatening, it can’t hurt to give your vet a call. It could save your puppy’s life. Feel free to contact the South Eastern Animal Hospital on (03) 9544 6979 today and get the peace of mind you need.
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