Do you know about VACCINE REACTIONS in pets
Regular vaccinations provide protection against some of the more common and dangerous diseases, and act as a safety cover for your furry friends. But in some rare instances your pet may develop vaccine reactions which can, understandably, be worrisome for pet parents. Rest assured. For the vast majority of cases there is no need to panic!! Here are the four most common vaccine reactions noticed in cats and dogs:
This is one of the most common reaction noticed post immunization where your pets may look dull and sluggish. Sometimes they may also develop a low grade fever followed by anorexia (a decrease in appetite). If you notice this kind of reaction in your pets, do not panic, but take note. Most pets will return to normal within a day. But if appetite does not return to normal you may need to call your veterinary clinic for advice.
- Swelling at injection site:
This is seen in quite a few pets post vaccination, where a soft or firm swelling develops (known as a granuloma). The granuloma should regress gradually after a few days. But, if the granuloma grows bigger instead of reducing, or is painful, then you should consult a your veterinarian.
3. Runny nose and sneezes:
These reactions are mostly caused by vaccines sprayed in the nose. The most commonly used intranasal vaccines are Bordetella Bronchiseptica and parainfluenza virus for dogs and Feline Rhinotracheitis (Herpesvirus) and Calicivirus for cats. Common reactions to intranasal vaccines in pets include sneezing, coughing. These should subside within a few days, however.
4. Post vaccination Urticaria:
This is very common with certain vaccinations. This condition is commonly known as Hives. Multiple soft swellings on the body, swelling of the lips and eyebrow are obviously visible. If noted, you should call your veterinarian’s office immediately.
Note: It is important to remember that for the vast majority of pets, vaccination will not result in a significant adverse reaction but will protect against potentially serious diseases. If your pet is undergoing vaccine reactions which do not resolve on their own, then you need to talk to your veterinarian.
Healthy pets happy parents!!
Dr. Prachi Kshatriya