IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING VACCINE REACTIONS
Your pet has received one or more vaccinations today to protect him or her from serious potentially fatal diseases. Your diligence and care in providing these life-saving vaccines in a timely manner is appreciated by your pet’s doctor, and of course your pet!
Although these vaccines are safe and effective, occasionally pets may experience one or more of the following side effects due to a general vaccine reaction:
- Muscle Soreness
- Decreased Appetite or Activity
- Mild Fever
- Mild Vomiting or Diarrhea
These mild reactions usually do not last more than 24 hours. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, or if they persist longer than 24 hours, call our medical team to discuss them.
Rarely, pets may experience ABNORMAL, more serious side effects shortly after vaccination, including:
- Swelling of the face or ears
- Hives or persistent itching
- Difficulty Breathing or Severe Coughing
- Significant Lethargy
- Fluid Buildup or Infection at the Injection Site
If your pet exhibits any of these signs, call us immediately. These side effects are considered medical emergencies and your pet may need medication to treat the vaccine reaction. Please contact an emergency veterinary hospital (VCA ARECA 480-898-0001) if a problem occurs after our regular business hours. Such allergic reactions cannot be predicted ahead of time.
Occasionally, pets that have received injectable vaccinations develop a localized reaction indicated by a small, hard lump under the skin where vaccines were given. These lumps may take 1-3 weeks to appear and 2-6 weeks to resolve. They usually do not require treatment but please notify us if the lump persists.
Please call our medical team if you have any concerns or questions: