Why We Only Administer One Vaccine Per Exam?

Let’s begin by why it is so important to vaccinate your pet!
Every animal has the exposure to getting several illnesses when not being vaccinated against these diseases/illnesses. For example, DHP (canine distemper, canine parvovirus, and infectious canine hepatitis) and FVRCP (panleukopenia *feline distemper*, rhinotracheitis, calici and other vaccines which all help prevent viral infections/sickness from occurring. If you don’t get your pet vaccinated these infections can be fatal to your furry friend!

Why we administer one vaccine at a time?

At East West Animal Hospital, Dr. Register believes it is best to vaccinate one per visit to lessen your pet’s chances of vaccine reactions. Also, helps if there is a vaccine reaction to know which vaccine it was caused from. Some pets even get vaccine reactions after already having that series before. We always want the best for your animal and want to be safe when it comes to treating your best friend. Not to mention, how it helps with their immune system by having one vaccine per visit. At our practice; we support 1 injectable vaccine at a time along with the ability of giving an oral vaccine such as Bordetella at the same time. Of course, depending on the circumstances and doctor’s orders. Sometimes we recommend due to the pet’s immunity build up for them not to be vaccinated again for DHP which can be tested with Titer’s bloodwork.

What is a Titer Blood Test and What Does it Do?

Titer blood test helps determine if your dog is in need of a vaccine booster. This blood test shows if your pet has enough antibodies in their system to defend against the viruses they received through vaccinations in the past. Many animal hospital including ours don’t believe it is necessary to continue annual vaccines if the animal’s body is already adapted to fighting the viruses. This blood test can be repeated yearly to check if the antibodies are still protecting from illnesses. Why do we recommend checking if your pet is protected?! Well although vaccines are safe; they sometimes do cause reactions and even though it’s rare it can result in anaphylaxis.

You may be asking yourself what exactly is Anaphylaxis?
The answer is an immediate hypersensitive (allergic) reaction also known as anaphylactic shock. This is a reaction to a foreign protein or substance known as an allergen or antigen. Such reactions as Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and need to seek medical help immediately. The common signs of Anaphylaxis depend on the route of exposure such as the mouth, skin, inhalation, injections, and more.

How can you treat Anaphylactic Shock?

Anaphylactic reaction is an medical emergency that must be cared for immediately. Once the pet begins with reactions which typically happens shortly after vaccines are given- the patient will need the appropriate amount of fluids and injections such as epinephrine and cortisone to help stop the life dangering reaction. Thankfully, with the proper treatment; these reactions will reserves in even a small period of time.
Anaphylaxis can happen to dogs, cats, humans, and more. Many of the times the symptoms for Anaphylactic shock are:
● Severe Respiratory distress
● Sudden Diarrhea or vomiting
● Excessive drooling
● Pale Gums and Cold Limbs
● Fast Heart Rate but weak pulse
● Facial Swelling along with itchiness
● Seizures, Coma, or death

Whether you see either signs of a vaccine reaction as well as Anaphylactic shock; we recommend you seek our veterinary care to prevent symptoms from worsening as well as stopping severe reactions.

Symptoms of Vaccine Reactions

Symptoms of vaccine reactions usually occur within the first 24 hours of the giving vaccine. Some of the main vaccine reactions that occur are these:

● Fever
● Fainting
● Tenderness
● Lethargic
● Facial swelling
● Hives
● Swollen lymph nodes
● Vomiting
● Diarrhea
● Acute liver & kidney failure
● Difficulty breathing
● Coughing

Many of these vaccine reactions happen when giving multiple vaccines at the same time. East West Animal Hospital has seen much more improvements when vaccinating only one at a time. When a pet appears with these symptoms, we know how to treat exactly and how to prevent it from happening again. We recommend to always watch your pet after each vaccine they get for a few hours after. Be safe and think what’s best for your furry loved one.

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