What to Look for After Your Pet's Vaccination

By focusing on preventative health care you are taking an important step in keeping your fur friend happy and health for years to come.

The vaccine that your pet received today was design to stimulate a specific immune response to help protect them against illness in the event of future exposure to the actual disease.

Vaccines provide proven life-saving benefits and are associated with minimal risks. Most dogs and cats respond favorably following vaccine administration with minimal to no adverse consequences. However, vaccinating any patient carries some risk.

Short-term nonspecific reactions

Your pet may display short-lived side effects for up to 1-2 days, following the administration of any vaccine:
- Reduced appetite or loss of appetite (lasting for 1 or 2 feedings)
- Pain at the injection site
- Lethargy (Lack of Activity)
- Reluctance to walk/run
- Mild fever

Contact your veterinarian if any of these signs progressively worsen or continue beyond 1-2 days.

Allergic reactions

Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet develops any of these less common but more serious signs:
- Vomiting
- Diarrhea
- Collapse
- Difficult breathing
- Facial swelling
- Itchy or bumpy skin ("hives")

Injection site reactions


Sometimes a small firm swelling ("lump") may develop at the injection site. This is expected to resolve within 1 month. contact your veterinarian if the swelling:
- Is still painful after 1-2 days
- continues to grow
- Persists beyond 1 month

Courtesy of Merial, Inc.
a Sandfi Company
Duluth, Ga

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