Vaccinations for your furry friends are very common. However, sometimes they come with some mild side effects. Find out what to look for and when to contact your vet.

Perhaps no other medical advancement has saved more lives than vaccination. Modern vaccines are extremely effective and safe. However, it is common for many pets to experience mild side effects following vaccination, similar to those that humans experience. Rarely does a pet need veterinary medical attention for these normal minor side effects.

What are some common side effects of vaccination?

Some of the most common mild side effects seen after immunization include:
  • Redness, mild swelling, and tenderness at the vaccination site
  • Decreased activity levels (fatigue)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, or other respiratory symptoms, which may occur up to 2 to 4 days after an intranasal vaccine (vaccination with drops or sprays via the nostrils) is administered

If any of these signs last more than 24 hours or if your pet appears extremely uncomfortable, notify your veterinarian.

See more information about caring for your companion after vaccinations here »

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