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Vaccine Reaction

I just have to tell you of our LONG night. 1st, I mentioned before that Jax HATES to travel. He pukes all over. Well, we had an appointment to get his rabies & Dhlp/Pv shots last night(6pm). On the way there he puked projectile & it got all over my new car. It went down the side of the door & seat & got under the seat as well. So when we got home(45min drive) my DH had to remove my seat so i could steam clean the carpet & clean the seat. Did i mention !lol

Well that took about 1 1/2 hours & the pups stayed outside with us.Then it was dark & we had dinner. Jax was tired but seemed ok. Then we went to go to bed at approx 11 & I noticed i couldnt see his eyes. They were swollen shut & his face was puffy. I tried not to panic while i called the emergency vet. They said to bring him in right away. So here we go another 45 minute puke filled ride(there wasnt much left inside to puke up).

So we had to wait awhile(they were very busy) and by then his eyes were getting slightly better. All his vitals looked ok & they gave him a shot of Benadryl. They said he did not seem to need a steroid shot. So they sent us home & said to keep an eye on him for a few hours to make sure he was ok.

He is definately seems much better today. He is eating, drinking & driving Tripp crazy! All is well. Sorry so long, just had to share.

But i do have to give my opinion. Jax had a Dhlp shot 4 weeks ago when i 1st got him & he was ok. This time 2 shots were given. I think it was just too much for him & next time i will insist on giving then one at a time. I would appreciate your opinions here.

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Poor Jax! That sucks that he had to get sick like that... (not to mention the car sickness..ewww)

Beamer is also very sensative to drugs, so our vet never gives him 2 shots at once. Rabies was done seperate 2 weeks after his last round of puppy shots. Sentinal Brown pill makes Beamer pass go figure..
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poor Jax....and poor new car!!!

Glad he's doing better.

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Oh how scary Shannon, poor little guy I'm glad he is doing much better today.

My vet never gives Rabies with any other shot and he also doesnt charge a second office visit because he is the one that makes you come back 2-3 weeks later for the Rabies.

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What an awful experience for all of you!!
You are wise to insist that shots be given separately from here on out. The rabies shots are nasty things, in my opinion, even though they are mandated by law. I've read a lot about rabies shots as McKenna had reactions to hers and from what I've learned the rabies shots should be given about 3 weeks after or before any other shot. One reason for that is that if there is a reaction you'll know which shot caused it. My vet tried to tell me that McKenna's reaction was from her puppy shot and I listened to him but later (unfortunately for McKenna) was able to prove it was the rabies. She gets a waiver from any more rabies shots. Sedona, on the other hand, has had no reaction to any shot but I'll still be certain she gets only one shot at a time, assuming she'll ever need any more since I plan to have her titered.



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Shannon, my breeder was pretty adamant about separating all the vaccines. My vet wanted to do the 5 way at the same time as bordetella, and do them 2 weeks apart. Based on the breeder's advice, I kept the shots 3 weeks apart and didn't do either rabies or bordetella at the same time as any other puppy shots. Nico didn't have any reactions, and I don't know that he would have had we done the shots differently, but the breeder felt REALLY strongly about it, so I went with what she said over what the vet was willing to do.
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I'm so sorry to hear that Shannon, I know you had to be so scared.

I glad he is all better now, and I'm sure the vet would agree with you on spacing the shots further apart.

As far as the car sickness goes, let me know when you have a solution, I have tried everything with Reece and he pukes before I get out of my neighborhood.

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My vet separated the rabies from the other vaccines by three weeks. I am going to take Kubrick in for his rabies vaccine next Thursday and I hope everything goes well! At least he won't be getting any other vaccinations at the same time, so hopefully he will be fine.

I'm glad that Jax is feeling better! My vet did tell me when Kubrick got the last set of shots that if I saw any swelling of the face or irritation at the injection site to be sure to have some benadryl handy to give him. I guess that's good advice for all dog owners as your vet did the same thing to Jax when you took him in.
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How awful an experience for you Shannon - how frightening too I am happy to hear that Jax is feeling much better though Big hugs to you both.

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Oh my, Shannon, how scary to see Jax react like that and you being quite far from the vet's. So sorry about the puking all over your car ! EEEEeekkk! What a job to get it all off. Thankfully, hubby was around to give you a hand.

Poor little Jax. I totally agree that it is best for our little guys to have their shots done separately. My vet sugg'd it for Ricky and I did the same for Sammy. I am told to always stay in the waiting room a good 15-20 mins. afterwards to be sure there is no immediate reaction. Luckily for me, though, my vet is less than 10 mins. away.

Give poor ol' Jax a belly rub from me and maybe YOU can take a few minutes to put your feet up and enjoy some R&R.

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