What Side Effects Might Occur After Vaccinating My Pet?

Just like their parents, pets need protection from illness too! Fortunately, there are several pet-friendly vaccines that are not only helpful, but are highly encouraged to keep your pet healthy and happy for as long as they live. In fact, many pet care and pet-friendly facilities will require your furry friend to have met specific vaccination guidelines before they’re allowed to enter. (Think, doggy day care and training programs, dog parks and rec centers, as well as travel options.)

Why are vaccinations so important for your pet?

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “experts agree that widespread use of vaccinations within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals.” Having your pet vaccinated can help him fight off highly contagious and deadly diseases more easily. But remember, just like our vaccinations, your pet’s vaccinations can have side effects, which brings us to our next point…

What are the most common side effects of vaccines?

Depending on the vaccination and your pet’s weight and tolerance, you may start to see some of the following common side effects within a few hours of administering the shot. Keep in mind that these side effects are perfectly normal, and are actually a good sign, as they mean the vaccine is working as it should be.

  • Discomfort or swelling at the injection site
  • Mild fever and lethargy
  • Sneezing, mild coughing, or a runny nose — These typically occur 2-5 days after an intranasal vaccine.

When should I worry after vaccinating my pet?

As with all other medical procedures, though uncommon, there are always risks. Should you notice any of the following more serious symptoms in your pet after he receives a vaccine, contact your veterinarian right away:

  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Persistent itching or the appearance of hives
  • Swelling, particularly around the muzzle, face, neck, or eyes
  • Severe coughing or difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty walking, collapsing or fainting

Looking to learn more about the vaccinations available for your pet? Contact the veterinary experts at Berkeley Heights Animal Hospital today. We’ll help you decide which vaccines are best to help your pet live a long, healthy life. Just dial 908-464-0023 or contact us online.

*For a limited time, new clients can receive a free exam or free vaccines for their first visit.

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