Immunization Side Effects and Your Pet

August 29, 2016

Immunization Side Effects and Your PetAs we wrap up National Immunization Awareness month, let’s cover some of the side effects of vaccines in dogs and cats. Understanding these side effects will help you know what to expect when your pet is immunized.

Common Vaccination Side Effects

Most┬ácommon side effects are temporary, although unpleasant for your pet. There’s usually no need to call your veterinarian unless the symptoms persist. Your cat or dog may experience:

  • Quietness
  • Tiredness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Tenderness at injection site
  • Small lump or bump at injection site
  • Sneezing

Immunization Side Effects and Your PetLess Common Vaccination Side Effects

There are a few less common side effects that require immediate medical attention. Call your veterinarian right away if your pet shows these symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Hives
  • Diarrhea
  • Facial swelling

Following the recommended immunization schedule is important for your cat or dog’s long-term health. However, if your pet experiences these side effects, share your pet’s reaction with your veterinarian at your next visit.

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