Vaccine Reactions

Home care*

We are all aware of the importance of vaccination in preventing animals from becoming seriously ill. Fortunately, most pets need no special care following vaccination as they show no obvious response and go about their lives normally

However, a small percentage of pets may show a mild response and look "off-colour" for a day or two. This is considered quite normal. You may notice that they have lost their appetite and just want to lie around and rest. Some pets may resent being handled or may be sore or tender at the injection site. This is not dissimilar to what we experience with human vaccinations

Forte Dodge outlines the best way to look after pets if they do show these signs

Provide your pet with a warm, cozy place to lie down and rest. However, don't be concerned if they wish to rest somewhere else

Make sure that they have access to water and their favourite food, but don't be alarmed if they are not very hungry

Avoid patting or playing with your pet as they may wish to be left alone. They will come to you for attention when they feel like it

Check on your pet every so often, just to make sure they are comfortable, but try to disturb them as little as possible

The most important thing to remember is that this type of reaction is nothing to be alarmed about. By following the points listed above, your pet will soon be back to normal. However if the response to the vaccination appears more serious than this, or your pet has not recovered within 48 hours then please do not hesitate to contact your Veterinarian for advice. For Seaforth Veterinary Hospital clients please call (02) 9949 1288

* Reproduced with kind permisison of Fort Dodge