yesterday my puppy zeus got his shots including a rabies vaccine from the vet, he was so sick and he threw up last night also, has this happened to anyone else and is this normal? he is still a little out of it today, I feel so bad for him :(
Jane and Suzi: If he just had his four-month puppy shot, they will most certainly require at least the one-year rabies booster next year; at this point I doubt he's considered fully immunized. Because rabies is required by law, they are very tough on the titer rules and I don't know that vomiting eight hours after the shot would be sufficient to request an exemption.
Even the the parvo/distemper, after just the puppy shots it's unlikely his titer would show sufficient protection, I would think---- generally dogs are considered fully vaccinated after the one-year shots, NOT after the puppy rounds.
My cat was fine if the shots were spread out, feverish and lethargic if she got them all at once. That isn't an allergy; that's the body's normal healthy response to having the immune system stimulated. Just like people, some animals get feverish and achy after the immune system is stimulated. Some don't.
I agree about being watchful for allergies. It's also true, though, that some dogs just get sick because the vaccine revs up the immune system. Also some dogs are stress-vomiters; too much excitement, stress, or new activity can make them vomit much later in the day. This sometimes happens with Jack.
The rabies vaccine, though, seems to bother some pets when given with other shots. If it were me, I'd make a note of it, let the vet know, and request that in the future when he needs rabies he gets it separately from his other shots. I had a cat who needed the rabies separately. It's only every 3 years here in PA so it wasn't that big a deal, but it did mean an extra trip to the vet a week or two after her normal appointment. My current cat can tolerate rabies with the other shots. FYI, my own vet will NOT give the rabies with other shots to a puppy, but will to a larger dog if it's over a certain weight.
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