By Dr. Andrew Jones | October 12, 2006
From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Re: Vomiting after vaccines
Question: Hello, My Jack Russell puppy has gone in for three sets of shots so far.
Every time that we take him in to get his shots he ends up throwing up a few hours later.
Could there be a reaction to the needles/vaccines?
The last set he had was called Galaxy Cv and Galaxy DA2PPv.
These shots were for Distemper, Adeno-Flu, Parvo, and Corona.
Thank you, Tara
Thanks for the question.
First Vomiting after a vaccine is the sign of a serious reaction.
I would wait to give your pup any more vaccines until at least 6 months, and that would be the Rabies vaccine.
Give an antihistamine 1 hour prior to the vaccine- I prefer Benadryl.
As to additional vaccines.
I would vaccinate with boosters at a year, then give the vaccines every 3 years.
There is a growing body of evidence against vaccinating yearly.
Most veterinarians just choose to ignore the research because either they still feel the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risk or that they don?????t want to lose the income from giving booster shots to all those animals each year.
Vaccinations work by stimulating the immune system- the positive effect is to protect against infectious disease.
The negative effect can be the host of immune related diseases.
These can include: immune mediated hemolytic anemia, immune mediated skin disease, vaccine induced skin cancer in cats, skin allergies, arthritis, leukemia, inflammatory bowel disease and neurological conditions.
Our companions are suffering from generations of over-vaccination, which combined with inadequate nutrition, poor breeding practices and environmental stresses are leaving each generation more susceptible to congenital disorders and chronic disease.
Most veterinary schools are advising alternate vaccine protocols and newer research is showing that vaccine immunity lasts much longer than previously thought.
In some cases a vaccine given at 1 year of age may provide lifelong immunity.
The analogy can be drawn to people and Tetanus vaccine. It only needs to be boosted every 10 years, and this may be similar in dogs and cats.
Vaccinations do help prevent serious illnesses, but they should be used with caution. Before vaccinating your pet, consider the risk. If your cat is indoor only and will never be exposed to unvaccinated animals, the risk of infection is low. The decision about vaccinations is very individual and should be guided by your own research on the subject before you go to the veterinarian.
1. Puppies and kittens ONLY need a series of 2 vaccine boosters, at 8 weeks then repeated at 12 weeks. I find the most critical time to prevent infectious disease is at this young age. In small kittens and puppies, I prefer to wait until 12 weeks. The ???œtraditional???? 3rd booster in puppies is not necessary. If possible, delay giving the Rabies vaccine until 6 months.
3. Kittens should be vaccinated for the respiratory viruses and Panleukopenia. (FVRCP). Feline Leukemia vaccine should only be given to ???œhigh risk???? cats- those in multi-cat households or outdoor cats surrounded by a large cat population. Give Rabies vaccine at 6 months. ENSURE that the vaccines are given in the subcutaneous tissue on the lateral sides of the right and left legs.
It is great to question your veterinarian.
Thank You for the question.
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