First let me preface by saying that everything is OK (we think). But it was an interesting afternoon -
I took Cey to the vet today for his 1-year checkup and annual parvo/distemper vaccination. He charmed the vet to pieces, lover-boy that he is! Cey of course got a ton of treats while we were there. Afterwards, I took him home and dropped him off with my daughter, whom I made sure was going to be home after school since I had to go back to work and I wanted somebody to be there after Cey got a vaccination just in case. Now, Cey has had all of his vaccinations, including all of his parvo/distemper puppy shots, and so far, not only does he not even notice getting the shots, but he has never acted even remotely ill afterwards, even with the rabies shot (which we got separately from any others). So, I was not worried in the least.
Well, I got to work and my daughter texted me that Cey was throwing up. Apparently he threw up 3 times, and "a lot" of stuff. I called the vet back immediately and they said to bring him in, so I left work and picked Cey and my daughter up and went straight in. -Where the vet said that he looked perfectly fine - he was super excited to see her again, tail wagging and body wriggling, his temperature was normal, and there was no pain or swelling at the vaccination site. She said that all other dogs she had seen who had reactions to the vaccine were constantly throwing up (Cey by then had stopped throwing up 20-25 minutes previous) and had acted
ill, and had pain and swelling at the site. She did say that his gums looked a little pale, but that may have been from having just thrown up. She recommended taking him home and giving him half a small child's dose of Benedryl, and other than that just to keep an eye on him and to call her if he started acting sick. Her conclusion was that he probably had too many treats and too much excitement, and maybe got a little car sick on the ride home.
So... I'll let everybody know if he gets worse of course, but he is acting perfectly normal and I think he is fine.
Besides that little bit of excitement, the vet had a few interesting things to say during the first visit, which I was going to post about anyway. She said that where we live in Seattle has a high incidence of Leptospirosis illnesses due to the raccoons and rats in the area, and that her neighbor's dog (she lives just a mile or so from me) actually died from it - which I didn't know! (About the high incidence of illnesses, of course, not about her neighbor's dog lol.) She was fully aware of the fact that the Lepto vaccine can cause reactions, especially in smaller dogs, and said unprompted that if I decided to give him the vaccination they would want to do it spaced out from other vaccinations, and that they would probably want to keep him for a few hours to monitor him just as a normal precaution. She didn't push me to get the vaccination, but said that she recommended that I think about it.
She also said, when I asked about heartworm (which I had been wondering whether I should give him preventative medication for or not), that so far there had never been a reported case of heartworm in Washington state except for dogs that had recently traveled. So, that's good
. (She said that the type of mosquito that carries heartworm just hasn't made its way up here yet. She said that it would get here eventually, without a doubt - but it wasn't here yet.)
The one vaccination that she said she would never give unless the client absolutely insisted (actually, her words were 'unless I had a gun to my head' haha) was the Lyme vaccination. She said there were too many incidences of dogs getting lyme-like symptoms after getting the vaccination, and some other things that bothered her about it.
She gave me some very useful tips for working with Cey to teach him to be calm around other dogs and new people (and she handled him wonderfully to begin with with regards to that - she sat on the floor first thing and waited until he was calm before she gave him any treats). And, she said that he was actually at the perfect weight for his size, which I was worried about since I can feel his spine and hip bones so sharply, but she showed me the place on his back just above his hips to check, and said that as long as that
part was concavely muscled and you couldn't really feel the spine there, that the dog is in fact not too skinny. Oh, and she said that once he calmed down, he was very well behaved - more well-behaved than a lot of the dogs she sees and even more well-behaved than her own dog, which is about his age.
She also said that as far as Havanese dogs go, that he was by far the best example of the breed that she had ever met
. I think I like this vet!!!