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Unhappy Vaccinations and blood work

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Zeplin went intoday for his last round of shots before he gets neutered in 2 weeks, they also took blood. He got the 5 in 1 shot, the kennel cough one and the rabies shot. I was hesitant about giving him this many at one time, but was repeatedly assured by the vet, assistant and everyone else there that it was fine. Well- they started with the blood work and it was a disaster. He screeched, screamed and was crazed. They started to get the blood from his leg, but then they lost the vein as he pulled before they could stop him. So they decided to get the blood from his neck. I had to turn away from this as I thought it would be terrible- but he did not even whimper and it was over in 2 seconds. The vet told me I had to work on desensitizing his paws. She said i need to handle them more. Then he had his shots. He seemed okay and now he is just a little bit tired. He ate well and is sort of just lounging around. My question is... when i pick him up he yelps. I am not sure why. I was thinking it was from his leg- but it appears to be more from his back- which is where I think they gave the vaccines?!? Has anyone encountered this? If he is still yelping tomorrow I will call them and check it out. I just thought I would ask you guys if you ever experienced this with your hav.

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I just carefully pet him and I cannot for the life of me figure where he is hurting- but he yelped agin. I am thinking the leg may be the culprit now- but he is walking okay and he does not yelp when I touch the spot where they tried to get the blood from.. But- as soon as i go to pick him up he yelps. Could they have hurt him by holding him to tightly? They are a very experienced and well known clinic so I would be surprised if they did not realize they were hurting him. Any ideas?
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I hope he was just scared but I would call the Vet to double check

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Awww, sorry to hear he's hurting somewhere! I'd give the vet a call in the morning if he's still in pain. Good luck!


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Jennifer, it is really too bad they gave little Zeplin all those shots at once. It is not at all recommended, esp. in a toy breed. I hope he gets through it o.k. though. The fear is that IF there is a reaction to anything, it's very difficult to figure out WHAT he reacts to. ..... is it the Rabies shot? The Parvo?? Then you don't know what to avoid in the future.

The yelp of pain could definitely be from the vaccine site, which tends to be sensitive for a day or two, or also from the struggle he went through when they first tried to draw blood.

I wouldn't worry about that as I'm sure it's a temporary 'ouchie'.

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Thanks guys, I just called my local animal hospital. I am going to bring him in. Something just does not seem right to me. Maybe I am an over anxious first time "mom"- but as I always found with my kids- I'd rather be safe than sorry! I'll fill you in later!

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Zeplin was given a shot of cortisone, for a minor reaction. The dr said he was probably shaking from aches and pains associated with being given a lot of shots at once. He was breathing fine and not swelling. He slept well and remained lethargic the rest of the night. He also saw what i meant about his leg. He was 99% sure it was not broken or dislocated due to the way he walked and went up stairs. He did think he probably had a sprain. This morning Zeplin woke up his normal self and gobbled breakfast and his leg appears to be less sensitive. Nonetheless, I am reporting the leg issue with the clinic so that they know they may have held him to hard. Thinking back, when the vet said we need to desensitize his paws. I think his paws are fine! I think the assistant hurt his leg and everytime she squeezed to hold him steady he was being hurt and that is why he was so crazed. Just a gut feeling. Thanks for the kind words though.
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Jennifer, it sounds like it was a bit stressful for both of you.

It's too late to change it now, but in the future, I'd recommend that you only allow them to give one vaccine a visit. Like Marj said, if he has a reaction to anything, you just won't know what caused it. Even in large breeds, it is recommended that you give the Rabies vaccine a bit later (even a couple of weeks).

You're Zeplin's advocate at the veterinary office. Feel free to tell them that you'd prefer to come back later for the next vaccine when they want to give multiples.

I hope his leg heals quickly!
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