Common Signs Of Adverse Reactions After Having Your Puppy Vaccinated

Just like humans, there are certain illnesses and diseases that can affect your dog. Thankfully, modern veterinarian technology has brought about vaccinations that are meant to protect your pooch from things like parvovirus, distemper, and rabies. While these vaccinations are well tested and very important for the health of your dog, some dogs do have adverse reactions after they have been given a vaccine. It is important to recognize some of the more serious indications of adverse reactions so you can get your pet to the veterinarian right away for treatment. Here are a few signs that your dog's recent vaccinations are causing concern. 

Be on the lookout for allergic reactions. 

Humans can have allergic reactions to certain vaccines and so can your dog. In fact, allergic reactions in pets are one of the most common concerns after they have been vaccinated. A few signs that your dog is having an allergic reaction to a recent vaccination include: 

  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Weakness or lethargy 
  • Constant itching at the injection site

It is impossible to know whether your dog will be allergic to a vaccine unless they have already experienced a reaction to a similar vaccine before, so stay alert to signs that your dog is having a reaction for a while after it is given. 

Watch for severe localized reactions to a vaccine. 

In some cases, the vaccine will affect the local injection site of the dog's body, which is not usually a huge concern. You may notice your dog scratching around the injection site or they may be sore or tender in the area. If you notice severe swelling, redness, or fever in the area, monitor it closely and contact your vet if the symptoms do not go away rather quickly. In rare cases, these symptoms can lead to bigger issues and health threats for your dog. 

Take heed to changes in behavior after a vaccine. 

For the most part, modern animal vaccines are safe for most dogs, but there can be issues with some that will affect the nervous system of your pet. These symptoms can come across in a lot of different ways, from changes in overall demeanor to lack of motor function. It is normal for a dog to feel a little more tired and maybe even a little more touchy and temperamental after some dog vaccinations, but if their overall behavior seems off, it is best to get in touch with a vet right away.