Many pet owners worry about vaccine reactions in dogs. Are vaccine reactions in dogs common? And are they potentially dangerous? In this article, we’ll explain common vaccine reactions in dogs so you can know what to expect- and when to call your vet.

What is a Normal Reaction?

Many pets feel slightly “off” after getting vaccinated… just like their human companions might feel after getting their shots! A little lethargy is considered normal after getting vaccinated. A little swelling at the injection site is also normal. This will most likely look like a small bump under the skin. Some pets might also experience muscle soreness or a low-grade fever. These symptoms should be mild and will disappear in a day or two.

Is My Dog Okay?

Don’t worry about your dog’s vaccine side effects unless they appear severe or do not clear up within a couple of days. The vast majority of dogs handle vaccination really well. Even if your dog appears under the weather, the long-term benefits of being vaccinated will far outweigh a day of feeling crummy.

Potentially Serious Vaccine Reactions

In rare cases, a dog can have a more serious vaccine reaction. Look out for signs of drug allergies or infections after your pet is vaccinated. If you notice vomiting, diarrhea, breathing issues, facial swelling, or other serious symptoms, then call your vet right away.

Is There a Way to Prevent a Bad Reaction?

Of course, there is no way to prevent an allergic reaction in pets. However, there are ways to make the vaccine experience generally more comfortable. The best way to do this is to space out your dog’s vaccines. More frequent trips will to the vet will mean fewer vaccines at each appointment. This will not only decrease your dog’s side effects but will also make them feel more comfortable at the vet’s office.

Texavet is Here to Help

At Texavet, we are here to keep your dog happy- and also and healthy. If you have any questions about vaccine reactions in dogs, then give us a call. We can walk you through their reaction and help you determine what to do next.