Help, My Puppy Is Quiet After a Vaccination!

As precious as puppies are, they require constant care. An important health responsibility pet owners’ have is to ensure their dog is properly vaccinated. Vaccinations are needed to help protect your puppy against deadly canine prone illnesses and diseases.

Puppies must receive an injection every three weeks from six weeks of age to sixteen weeks. The milk given to puppies by their mother’s contain all the nutrients they need for the first few weeks of their life.

When they are weaned from their mother too early then vaccinations must be administered.

Vaccinations are an immunity protection designed to be continued into their adult years

Puppies must receive vaccinations to help fight diseases like ‘distemper.’ Veterinarians suggest vaccinations be provided to protect your puppy from specific infections that may be within their canine community, like rabies.

Additional protection is injected to ward off rabies, viruses, Lyme disease, kennel cough, and other puppy susceptible infections.

Your vet will likely recommend your puppy receive what they term as “core” vaccines. Core vaccines can be given at the same time or in combination rather than in separate intrusive injections.

Vaccines are designed to prevent illness. The medication prescribed for your puppy helps their immune system to defend against illnesses and diseases.

Vaccine medication contains antigens designed to boosts your puppy’s immune system.

Like a human, the immune system in dogs need vaccines to ward off diseases, and viruses your puppy could become exposed to.

Are there side effects to vaccinating my puppy?

It is normal for puppies to experience some mild side effects after being vaccinated. Your vet will provide medications or DIY techniques for any side-effect symptoms.

However, if side effects last longer than they should, contact your vet. Look especially for any swelling at the vaccination site. Depending on the type of vaccinations or shots given to adults, there can be side effects and some discomfort.

Vaccines are generally given under the skin. It may be near the shoulder or vets will inject the medication into the muscle. For days old puppies, vaccines are generally given by drops or sprays.

These vaccines are known as Intranasal vaccines because diseases can get into their systems through the nose. But, even with a nasal spray or drops, side-affects are still possible.

An allergic reaction is more likely to occur with sprays and drops. Vaccination symptoms can include sneezing, coughing, or a runny nose.

An allergic symptom is considered normal and can last for a couple of days. Your vet will inform you of what to expect.

Your vet will inform you of mild vaccine reactions like your puppy becoming quiet and lethargic will not occur with each vaccine.

Therefore, their successive vaccinations may not produce any side effects and your puppy will remain a bouncy, running puppy within those first 24 hours.

As previously stated, not all puppies to through side-effects like listlessness or lethargic symptoms. But if they do, your vet will certainly suggest giving them special attention for a day. If quietness or moodiness continues longer than a couple of days, then contact the vet.

Here are a few tips on what you should do when your puppy gets quiet.

Your puppy can display mild symptoms after being vaccinated

They can become quiet and sleepy with no appetite. Not all puppies experience side-effects after being vaccinated. But you should monitor your puppy for possible symptoms if any.

A popular side-effect but is not harmful is when your puppy becomes sleepy for the first 24 hours.

Vaccinations are important for puppies because they provide health protection. However, your vet will warn pet owners of the minimal risks for mild symptoms.

After a vaccination, most puppies being to act like themselves within 24 to 48 hours

However, a common reaction during the first few hours will be your puppy becoming quiet. A lethargic reaction is normal after being vaccinated because their little bodies are in discomfort.

One symptom which can occur is when your puppy will not feel like urinating in their special place.

You may have a mat or a potty area for your puppy in potty training. After their injection, don’t be surprised if your puppy does not feel like moving at all. Here is where human mommy or daddy will need to clean up after the puppy.

After vaccination, your puppy can run a temperature

Your vet will provide medication if needed. Your vet will ask you to make sure your puppy drinks water. When running a temp, dehydration can quickly set in for a young pup. Helping your puppy to drink water or to eat soft food will require a hands-on approach.

Hand feed your puppy or get a small syringe and fill it with water. Place a few drops of water in their mouth. Just a simple act of placing food and water in their mouth will provide the substance they will need for the first 24 hours.

If your puppy is crate trained, let him/her lie down comfortably

There being quiet and listless after being vaccinated, is normal. As they are recovering from the much needed but intrusive injection, they will look to you for comfort and protection.

Now is a good time to spend more bonding time with your puppy.

The simplest procedure in treating your quiet puppy after their vaccination is to let them sleep

Not only is your puppy sore, but a stranger just poked him. Your puppy is a little fearful and he/she is tired of all they have been through.

When you return home, keep your puppy warm and leave the puppy undisturbed. Monitor your puppy through the night.

Uncommon reactions to certain vaccinations could possibly occur

The symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, or a raised bump in the inoculation site. A vet will allow a resting period in their office after an inoculation. If your puppy does not show signs of a reaction, the vet will allow you to take your puppy home.

Severe reactions and symptoms have been known to appear several hours after a vaccination, but it is very rare. When you bring your puppy home and they suddenly become quiet and listless, contact the vet.

The vet will have you watch your puppy carefully. Just like an infant when you bring them home, you will not get much sleep. You must monitor your puppy carefully for the first 24 hours.

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