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Caring for Your Dog after Vaccinations

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Vaccinations are an essential part of keeping your dog healthy. They help to protect your dog from various diseases and can also help to reduce the severity of symptoms if your dog does become sick. While several different vaccinations are available, some of the most important ones for dogs include rabies, distemper, and hepatitis. 

Side effects associated With dog vaccinations

Like people, vaccinated dogs can experience side effects from the vaccination process. The most common side effect is a mild fever that lasts no more than two days and can be treated with over-the-counter medication. More severe side effects are rare but can include allergic reactions (Anaphylactic), seizures, and even death in very rare cases. To help minimize the risk of side effects, always work with your veterinarian and follow their recommendations. 

 

How to care for your dog after vaccinations

  1. Keep your dog inside or on a leash for at least 24 hours. This will help keep your dog safe from other animals who may not be vaccinated and might be carrying viruses or bacteria.
  2. Avoid strenuous activity and contact with other dogs. Your dog may be able to go back to normal activities within a day or so of the vaccination, but it's best to avoid strenuous exercise for at least a week or two. This will help keep your dog from getting overexcited. At the same time, your dog may still be weakened by the vaccinations, which prevents them from being active.
  3. Watch the injection site for swelling, redness and hair loss. If your dog reacts to a vaccine, it will probably be seen in the area where they received the shot. Swelling is common and may last for several days or weeks, depending on the severity of the reaction. It's essential to watch these areas closely after vaccination so that you can recognize any changes that could signal an allergic reaction or other problems with their health post-vaccination.
  4. Provide a warm, cozy place for your pet to rest; this could be on their bed or somewhere comfortable where they can curl up. They will likely sleep for most of the day following their vaccination, so try not to disturb them when they are resting.
  5. Check-in with your vet if you have any questions or concerns. Call your veterinarian if you're worried about your dog's health or behavior after vaccination. The vet can do a physical exam to make sure everything is fine and can also run blood work if needed. 

 

Whitestone Veterinary Care Is The Best Choice For Your Pet

Whitestone Veterinary Care is a full-service animal hospital that provides high-quality veterinary care to your furry friends. Our skilled and compassionate team is dedicated to providing the best possible service to our patients and their families. If you are looking for exceptional care for your pet, please do not hesitate to request a service at our hospital today.

 

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