Vaccines are used to protect pets from serious illnesses. In general, pets that receive vaccines show no adverse reactions. But those who do, respond negatively in some way, but most of the reactions are not life-threatening. However, if you notice any distinct changes in your pet’s health, appearance, or behavior following a vaccination, call your vet ASAP.
Sometimes a dog may exhibit a pattern of negative reaction to vaccines. This may be an important indicator that the animal has a higher risk of having a serious adverse reaction to future vaccinations. Dogs may differ in their response to vaccines so make sure to open up your concerns for some animal care tips about vaccines and their effects with your veterinarian.
Common symptoms of adverse vaccine reactions that every pet owner should be on the lookout for include the following:
- Swelling of the face
- Pain, swelling, or lump at the injection site
- Loss of hair at the injection site
- Shock (a life-threatening reaction)