In about three weeks, Sinead the Boston terrier will be hopping on a plane bound for Nashville, for the big BlogPaws conference (I'm so excited!). Since she'll be exposed to a lot of new things, and a lot of new stresses, on her trip, I've been working with my veterinarian on her vaccine protections. And on Friday, we ran into a bit of a problem.
Sinead was due for her standard distemper/adenovirus booster, and since she was heading to a space in which there would be plenty of other dogs, we thought it best to provide her with a bordatella vaccine.
Typically, it's best to provide vaccines one at a time (my sources say), as that's the best way to avoid very serious reactions. But, since one vaccine was given via injection and the other by mouth, I thought I'd be safe to give them both at once.
Sinead didn't think so.
She spent much of Friday curled up on the couch with the shivers, a lot like a person with the flu. And she'd cry when she was touched anywhere on her legs. It took her almost 48 hours to get back to normal.
Sinead is very small, and vaccines aren't scaled by weight. That means she gets at much vaccine in her small body as does a huge great dane. So it's not surprising that she'd struggle with vaccines. But it does mean that I'll need to chat with my veterinarian before she gets a flu shot in a few weeks.
Sometimes, veterinarians recommend providing a reactive dog with Benadryl before the shot, just to tame down vaccine reactions. And sometimes, they recommend waiting in the office after the shot, just to make sure nothing terrible happens. I'll need to check before I go, just to make sure I have my plans all set.
Meanwhile, Sinead seems restored to good health. I'm relieved!