If you have recently adopted a puppy from your local animal shelter, then it is important that you have it vaccinated against common dog diseases. Without getting all of the necessary vaccinations, your puppy will become ill and can even die if it comes into contact with an animal that has rabies or parvo.
If you are concerned about the side effects and complications that come with your puppy getting their vaccinations, keep these time-tested tips in mind:
Tip: Know the Common Side Effects From Vaccinations in Puppies and Dogs
Most puppies and dogs never show any signs of distress or side effects after they have received their vaccinations. However, your puppy may have some minor discomfort the day they receive their shots, and this is completely normal and does not signal a problem necessary of veterinary intervention.
The most common mild side effects from puppy vaccinations that will go away on their own within a day or two are:
- pain or discomfort at the vaccination site
- a small amount of swelling at the vaccination site
- a low fever
- nasal discharge
- sneezing or mild coughing
In addition, you may notice that your dog drinks or eats less on the day following their vaccinations. This is normal and is not a cause for alarm unless it continues for many days.
Tip: Know the Symptoms that Your Puppy is Having a Serious Reaction to a Vaccination and Needs Immediate Medical Attention
While serious reactions to puppy vaccinations are rare, they do occasionally occur. To help your dog recover from these more serious side effects, it is vital that you know what to look for. Some of the most serious vaccination side effects you should watch for include:
- facial swelling
- trouble breathing
- repetitive coughing
Additionally, if your dog has a serious reaction to their vaccinations, they may collapse and be unable to get up off of the ground. If you notice any of these symptoms, then getting immediate medical attention for your puppy is essential for their future health.
Tip: Wait at Your Veterinarian's Office After Vaccinations if Your Puppy has Previously had a Negative Reaction to a Shot
Finally, if your puppy has a history of post-vaccination problems or complications, then it is vital that you wait at your veterinarian's office for about an hour after they receive future shots before you take them home. This delay will give your puppy easy access to trained veterinary assistance if they have a serious reaction to a vaccination.