Booster Shot Side Effects in Dogs

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Posted by Mel (Nsw, Australia) on 09/22/2014
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I'm in Australia so we might have differing vaccines from the US but on 1 October 2013 my pure English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Star, born 13 July 2013 had her first C5 vaccination, brand CANVAC, vaccinations for Living Canine Distemper virus, Adenovirus type 2 and Parvovirus type 2, Living Canine Parainfluenza Virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica.

Initially afterwards she was fine, and fell asleep. About five hours later she woke up yelping, like she was in pain and I could not touch her anywhere without her yelping. She could barely stand up, had no energy, when she tried to walk it was very, very slowly with limbs shaking. She was shaking very badly. We rang the vet and he tried to tell us she must have eaten some insecticide in the backyard (we had none). She ended up spending the evening/night on my lap mostly sleeping, yelping anytime I moved or she woke up. She was fine the next day.

When she was due for her next booster she was given an anti-histamine injection first and this helped, she was just sleepy after the vaccination, none of the other symptoms were present. Funnily enough the vet tried to pretend it must have been another vet with another brand until I showed him the vaccination certificate.

She had her C3 vaccination (Companion C3) at the breeders vet on 26 August 2013 with no complications.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
09/23/2014

Hey Mel!

Your puppy was given the first poke at 7 weeks [8/26] - no reaction, and then boosted on 10/1 about 6 weeks later/around 13 weeks old where you saw the reaction.

A couple things come to mind. Firstly, having vaccinated 2 litters of American Pit Bull Terriers - kissing cousin of your STB if you will - I do find there tends to be sensitivity to vaccines in these closely related breeds. And, for the immune system to respond or react to an allergen, it first needs to encounter it. So the first poke did not provoke a reaction because the immune system had never encountered the allergens in the vaccine. Now that your pup's immune system has 6 weeks to develop antibodies, when it encountered the second poke it reacted and that reaction was apparent to you.

A couple things to consider. First, if this was my dog I would dose homeopathic Thuja Occidentalis or Silica. Source:

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/homeopathic-treatment-vaccine-reactions/

Because of the allergic reaction you might consider a cleansing regimen such as herbal milk thistle, or bentonite clay added to the chow. I can't give you specifics - you will need to do your homework and see what feels right and makes sense for your particular situation. You might also consider adding a probiotic to your dog's food, as this can help combat a possible yeast overgrowth in the GI tract that can be part of a chain reaction to vaccine allergy.

For next time, when you need to booster, dose the Thuja *before* and after your dog gets the poke. Additional ideas here:

http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2009/10/08/protecting-dogs-from-vaccine-reactions/