There is always a possibility that your pet could have a vaccine reaction. Reactions vary in type and degree. A "reaction" is a symptom or something that is abnormal to your pet's regular health condition or in the way it is acting. A pet may act differently if it is in pain. Pain is a reaction, but not necessarily an allergic reaction. Depending on the severity, treatment for the pain may be necessary.
If your pet shows any sign of a reaction to a vaccine immediately following the injection, always notify the attending veterinarian immediately. If your pet shows a sign of illness or lethargy in the 48 hours following vaccination, contact your regular veterinarian or any licensed veterinarian or an emergency pet hospital.
It is not unusual for a pet to be quiet and uncomfortable for up to 24 hours after a vaccination. There may be localized or generalized pain, lethargy (diminished activity or decrease in social behavior), loss of appetite, mild swelling at the injection site, or even a low/mild fever associated with the shots. (Normal temperature for dogs and cats usually range from 100.5 to 102.5 degrees). If any of these signs persist longer than 24 hours, bring your pet to a licensed veterinarian for an examination.
In rare occasions, more severe side effects may occur within minutes or hours of the vaccination. These are allergic reactions called "ANAPHYLACTIC" reactions. Symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction may include any of the following (or possibly other) symptoms: Swelling to face and legs, whole or partial body itching, hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, choking, seizures, staggering, and/or collapse. These may appear almost immediately after the vaccinations are administered, or possibly hours after. Any of these signs may start out in a mild form, but can progress rapidly to a more severe anaphylactic reaction which could result in death. IF YOU NOTICE ANY OF THESE REACTIONS, IMMEDIATELY BRING YOUR PET TO A LICENSED VETERINARIAN OR TO THE CLOSEST EMERGENCY PET HOSPITAL. EARLY TREATMENT OF THESE SIGNS MAY PREVENT MORE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS FROM DEVELOPING AND SAVE YOUR PET'S LIFE.
IF THERE IS ANY QUESTION WHETHER YOUR PET IS HAVING AN ALLERGIC REACTION, IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN OR ANY LICENSED VETERINARIAN, OR AN EMERGENCY PET CARE FACILITY. Lists of Southern California Veterinary Medical Association member hospitals and the location of the nearest emergency pet hospital closest to our mobile vaccination clinics are available at each of our clinics.
IF YOUR PET IS EXPERIENCING MILD PAIN OR DISCOMFORT OR BECOMES INACTIVE AFTER RECEIVING A VACCINE, you may apply a WARM compress (NOT HOT) to the vaccination site every 6 to 8 hours within the first 24 hours after vaccination for approximately 15 minutes per application. If no improvement, contact a licensed veterinarian immediately.
You may also immediately give your pet the over-the-counter, human medication described below.
CAUTION: Do NOT give this or any medication to your pet if it is currently taking other medication or is under the care of a veterinarian for a specific health condition. In that event, please contact your veterinarian immediately to seek further advice.
WEIGH YOUR PET BEFORE ADMINISTERING ANY MEDICATION! LEARNING YOUR PET'S EXACT WEIGHT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!
If your pet becomes listless or sleepy after the medication is given, you may cut the dose in half or completely stop the medication.
DO NOT ADMINISTER THE FOLLOWING MEDICATION TO DOGS OR CATS WHOSE WEIGHT IS UNDER 3 POUNDS!!!
DOGS & CATS:
Children's Benadryl Allergy Liquid - or - Children's Benadryl Dye-Free Allergy Liquid (also known as "Diphenhydramine" HCI) 12.5 mg.
Puppies/Dogs & Cats/Kittens 3 - 6 lbs body weight:
Dose: 1 DROP (NOT dropper-full) by mouth every 12 hours for 1 to 2 days.
Puppies/Dogs & Cats/Kittens 6.1 - 10 lbs body weight:
Dose: 1 to 2 DROPS (NOT droppers-full) by mouth every 12 hours for 1 to 2 days.
Adult Benadryl Allergy Tablets (also known as "Diphenhydramine" HCI) 25 mg.
Puppies/Dogs & Cats/Kittens 10.1 lbs body weight & over:
Dose: .5 mg (1/2 mg) per each pound of body weight every 12 hours for 1 to 2 days.
[10.1 lb dog or cat: 10.1 lbs x .5 mg per lb = 5.05 (which is approximately 1/5 tablet)]
[13 lb dog or cat: 13 lbs x .5 mg per lb = 6.5 mg (which is approximately 1/4 tablet)]
[25 lb dog: 25 lbs x .5 mg per lb = 12.5 mg (which is 1/2 tablet)]
[50 lb dog: 50 x .5 mg per lb = 25 mg (which is 1 tablet)]
If you are not sure of the proper dose to administer or have ANY questions concerning this medication, do NOT guess!!! Please call your veterinarian prior to administering any medication so that you can obtain the exact dose and other information necessary to properly treat your pet.
Below is a list of some Emergency Pet Hospitals in various counties. The SCVVC is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of this list, but is merely providing the list as a helpful resource to pet owners. It is not intended to reflect all pet emergency facilities, but rather some of those which are in the vicinities of our mobile clinics. These hospitals are generally open Monday through Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00am and on Saturday from 8:00am to Monday 8:00am and on holidays. Please contact the specific hospital of interest for exact days and hours of operation. (For a list of regular, daytime veterinarians, please visit our affiliate website at www.stantonpethospital.webs.com).
YORBA REGIONAL ANIMAL HOSPITAL, 8290 E. Crystal Dr., Anaheim, 92807 (714) 921-8700
ORANGE COUNTY EMERG PET CLINIC, 12750 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, 92843 (714) 537-3032
NO. ORANGE COUNTY EMERGENCY PET CLINIC, 1474 S. Harbor Blvd., La Habra, 90631 (714) 441-2925
ANIMAL URGENT CARE, 28085 Hillcrest, Mission Viejo, 92692 (949) 364-6228
EMERGENCY PET CLINIC OF SOUTH BAY, 2325 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, 90501 (310) 320-8300
AFTER HOURS ANIMAL HOSPITAL, 11266 Firestone Blvd., Norwalk, 90650 (562) 409-1011
CROSSROADS ANIMAL EMERG & REF CENTER, 11057 E. Rosecrans Ave., Norwalk, 90650 (562) 863-2522
EMERGENCY PET CLINIC OF SAN GABRIEL VALLEY, 3254 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte, 91733 (626) 579-4550
ADVANCED CRITICAL CARE, 9599 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, 90232 (310) 558-6100
ANIMAL SURGICAL & EMERGENCY CENTER, 1535 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, 90025 (310) 473-1561
EAGLE ROCK EMERGENCY PET CLINIC, 4254 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, 90065 (323) 254-7382
EMERGENCY ANIMAL CLINIC, 14302 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 91423 (818) 788-2022
ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTER, 11730 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 91604 (818) 760-3882