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Why is my pet itchy after their vaccinations?

It's possible for your dog or puppy to be itchy after a vaccination. It's one of the most common side effects dog or puppies will have to vaccines. Today, our Orange Park vets will share some more side effects of reactions to vaccines in dogs, but will re-iterate how important vaccines are for your pet.

Why is my puppy itching after vaccination?

Itching after vaccination in puppies and dogs can be a common side effect. This can occur due to the immune response triggered by the vaccine, which may cause temporary skin irritation or mild allergic reactions. 

If the itching persists or is accompanied by other concerning symptoms, it is important to consult your veterinarian for further evaluation and guidance. It is also important to note that itching after vaccination is usually temporary and should resolve on its own within a few days. However, if your puppy or dog continues to scratch excessively or shows signs of discomfort, your veterinarian may recommend over-the-counter antihistamines or other treatments to alleviate the itching.

How often does a dog have itchy skin after a vaccine?

It is not uncommon for dogs to experience itchy skin after receiving a vaccine, although the frequency can vary. Some dogs may have mild itching that resolves quickly, while others may experience more persistent or severe itching. 

It is important to monitor your dog closely and consult with a veterinarian if the itching persists or worsens. 

What other allergic reactions can dogs have from a vaccine?

Most vaccine side effects in dogs are short-lived and mild. They are much safer than the diseases they prevent. Here are some common side effects dogs may have after vaccination:

Lethargy & Slight Fever

  • Lethargy, a slight fever, and mild discomfort are the most common vaccine side effects in pets. This is characterized by your pet not behaving normally. This is a common side effect of vaccinations, and the symptoms should be mild and only last a day or two. Consult your veterinarian if your pet isn't acting like themselves in a few days.

Localized Swelling

  • Side effects such as lumps and bumps are common. A small, firm bump may form where the needle punctured the skin. This is a normal reaction, but pet owners should keep an eye on the area to make sure there is no swelling, oozing, or infection. The lump should be painless and disappear in about a week. Contact your veterinarian if the lump shows signs of infection or does not disappear after a week.

Sneezing & Cold-Like Symptoms

  • While most vaccines for pets are given via injection, some are given through drops or sprays into the animal's eyes or nose. Intranasal vaccine side effects include symptoms similar to a cold, such as a runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. Your pet's symptoms should subside in a day or two. If your pet does not improve within a few days or begins to exhibit more severe symptoms, contact your veterinarian.

What should I do if my pet has a reaction to a vaccine?

If your pet has a reaction to a vaccine, it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately. They will be able to assess the severity of the reaction and provide appropriate treatment or guidance. 

It is also helpful to provide them with any information about the specific vaccine that was administered, as this can assist in determining the cause of the reaction and prevent future occurrences. 

Should I still get my pet vaccinated?

Yes, absolutely. Vaccinations are an important part of protecting your pet from serious and contagious diseases that could threaten your furry companion's long-term health and well-being. In most situations, the benefits of giving your dog or cat vaccinations greatly outweigh the risk of your pet experiencing any side effects.

It is very important to get your pet vaccinated. But if they begin experiencing itchy skin, localized swelling, or any other dermatological condition, contact our Orange Park vets so we can treat your pet's reaction.

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