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Question by renee74
Submitted on 11/21/2003
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China,my baby chi,is 4 months old, and just recovered from parvo. she got her distemper/parvo shot yesterday. She has been sleeping more than usual and eating slightly less. Is this normal after the shots? She is still playful while she is up and seems to be in good spirits, her eyes are real clear. Thanks for any help.

Answer by chimama
Submitted on 12/1/2003
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Dogs, especially toy breeds, often get a little sick to their stomachs from vaccinations.  My experience has been that they sleep a bit more, lose their appetite somewhat and just generally act like they don't feel quite up to snuff.  I have one who will occasionally throw up once after her shots, especially rabies.  As long as it's only once, I don't worry about it.

If they still are acting under the weather the next day, I might call the vet and/or take the dog in.

Things to look for right away are if their face swells up, if they start wheezing, throwing up over and over, etc. and generally look very ill.  Get the dog to the vet ASAP, it is having a bad reaction that could lead to death, just as a person can die if they are allergic to peanuts or bee stings and don't get treatment right away.  

The vet can administer something to stop that reaction, and from then on will give the dog something to prevent the reaction before giving the shot.  This doesn't mean you shouldn't have the dog vaccinated, but always make sure the vet knows, remind them every time.

Thanks for caring about your little one so much!


Answer by Jodie
Submitted on 2/15/2005
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I have a german shephard mix pup who is 4 months old. He recieved his first distemper/parvo shot at 3 months old (thats when I adopted him) and then contracted Parvo 1-2 weeks later. He was able to recover and is now doing great. I want to bring him in for another vaccine, but I am afraid that he contracted Parvo as a reaction to his first shot. He was only around 3 other pups that tested negative for Parvo. What do you recommend?


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