What To Expect After Your Pet’s Vaccination

vaccine reactions in dogs

Dr. Patricia Jordan sent us an interesting link the other day.  The AVMA has published a nice page on their website, entitled “What to expect after your pet’s vaccination“.

Here is the information they are giving to pet owners …

The AVMA Vaccine Dangers List

It is common for pets to experience some or all of the following mild side effects after receiving a vaccine, usually starting within hours of the vaccination. If these side effects last for more than a day or two, or cause your pet significant discomfort, it is important for you to contact your veterinarian:

  1. Discomfort and local swelling at the vaccination site
  2. Mild fever
  3. Decreased appetite and activity
  4. Sneezing, mild coughing, “snotty nose” or other respiratory signs may occur 2-5 days after your pet receives an intranasal vaccine

More serious, but less common side effects, such as allergic reactions, may occur within minutes to hours after vaccination. These reactions can be life-threatening and are medical emergencies. Seek veterinary care immediately if any of these signs develop:

  1. Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  2. Itchy skin that may seem bumpy (“hives”)
  3. Swelling of the muzzle and around the face, neck, or eyes
  4. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing
  5. Collapse

A small, firm swelling under the skin may develop at the site of a recent vaccination. It should start to disappear within a couple weeks. If it persists more than three weeks, or seems to be getting larger, you should contact your veterinarian.

Always inform your veterinarian if your pet has had prior reactions to any vaccine or medication. If in doubt, wait for 30-60 minutes following vaccination before taking your pet home.

Aside from potential collapse, it appears that vaccination is a pretty innocuous procedure (no pun intended).  This is a pretty short and not-very-scary list.  It’s no wonder pet owners are more than willing to allow vets to over-vaccinate their pets: we are all told about the potential good that vaccines do (vets are fond of scaring themselves and us into vaccination with “we just had a dog die of _____________ here last week), but rarely are we informed of the potential dangers.  It would also appear that the vets are unaware of the dangers, if their own views on vaccine dangers match those of the AVMA.

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Vaccine Reactions In Dogs …

The True Vaccine Danger List

In case you are wondering what the real dangers of vaccination are, we will share with you a list complied by veterinary immunologist Dr. Ronald Schultz. Dr. Schultz has vaccinated thousands of animals during his clinical research and although he advocates vaccines, he tempers that recommendation with a realistic view of their inherent dangers. Here is Dr. Schultz’ list:

Common Reactions:

  1. Lethargy
  2. Hair Loss, hair Color Change at injection Site
  3. Fever
  4. Soreness
  5. Stiffness
  6. Refusal to Eat
  7. Conjunctivitis
  8. Sneezing
  9. Oral ulcers

Moderate Reactions:

  1. Immunosupression
  2. Behavioral Changes
  3. Vitiligo
  4. Weight Loss (Cachexia)
  5. Reduced Milk Production
  6. Lameness
  7. Granulomas/Abscesses
  8. Hives
  9. Facial Edema
  10. Atopy
  11. Respiratory Disease
  12. Allergic uveitis (Blue Eye)

Severe Reactions triggered by Vaccines:

  1. Vaccine injection site sarcomas
  2. Anaphylaxis
  3. Arthritis, polyarthritis-HOD hypertrophy Osteodystrophy
  4. Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
  5. Immune Mediated thrombocytopenia (IMTP)
  6. Hemolytic Disease of the newborn (Neonatal Isoerythrolysis)
  7. Thyroiditis
  8. Glomerulonephritis
  9. Disease or Enhanced Disease which with the vaccine was designed to prevent
  10. Myocarditis
  11. Post vaccinal Encephalitis or polyneuritis
  12. Seizures
  13. Abortion, congenital anomalies, embryonic/fetal death, failure to conceive fertility

“Safety studies on vaccinations are limited to short time periods only: several days to several weeks.” says Dr. Harold Buttram MD.   “There are NO (NONE) long term (months or years) safety studies on any vaccination or immunization. For this reason, there are valid grounds for suspecting that many delayed-type vaccine reactions may be taking place unrecognized as to their true nature”.

The AVMA and AAHA continue to recommend over-vaccination for our pets, despite the fact that there is scant evidence that they prevent less disease than they cause.  Is this because they are not aware of the potential dangers of vaccines?  It’s not a warm and fuzzy feeling, thinking that the veterinary associations don’t understand the dangers associated with vaccines. But it beats the alternative: that they are aware of the dangers but recommend over-vaccination anyway.

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About the Author Dana Scott

Dana Scott is Editor In Chief for Dogs Naturally Magazine. She also breeds Labrador Retrievers under the Fallriver prefix and has been a raw feeding, natural rearing breeder since the 90's. She is an advocate for natural health care for dogs and people and works tirelessly to educate pet owners so they can influence veterinary medicine and change current vaccine, food and preventive health practices. Visit Dana's Labradors at Fallriver Labs