We are all aware of the importance of vaccination in preventing animals from becoming seriously ill. Fortunately, most pets need no special care following vaccination as they show no obvious response and go about their lives normally.
However, a small percentage of pets may show a mild response and look 'off colour' for a day or two. This is considered quite normal. You may notice that they have lost their appetite and just want to lie around and rest. Some animals may resent being handled and maybe sore or tender at the injection site. This is not dissimilar to what we experience with human vaccinations.
The following points outline the best way to look after pets if they do show these signs:
- Provide your pet with a warm, cosy place to lie down and rest. However, don't be concerned if they wish to rest somewhere else.
- Make sure that they have access to water and their favourite food, but don't be alarmed if they are not very hungry.
- Avoid patting or playing with your pet as they may wish to be left alone. They will come to you for attention when they feel like it.
- Check on your pet every so often, just to make sure they are comfortable, but try to disturb them as little as possible.
The most important thing to remember is that this type of reaction is nothing to be alarmed about. By following the points listed above, your pet will soon be back to normal.
If the response to the vaccination appears more serious than this, or your pet has not recovered within 48 hours then please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.