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My boxer puppy just had his second set of shots (rabies, etc.)

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My boxer puppy just had his second set of shots (rabies, etc.) and is lathargic,and sleeping more than normal. The shots were given to him yesterday... is this normal reaction?

Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.

Dr. Altman :

Yes this can be a normal reaction in some dogs

Dr. Altman :

Just as when babies get their immunizations and are sore and feverish after vaccinations, puppies can have the same reaction

Dr. Altman :

Vaccinations are intended to stimulate the immune system to respond and when the body is reacting normally, some dogs will be sore, lethargic, and slightly feverish for 24-48 hours after vaccinations

Dr. Altman :

I definitely would notify your veterinarian of this activity change on Monday for future reference but it should pass within another 24 hours

Dr. Altman :

You can also try 1 mg/ pound benadryl to help but this might cause further sedation for Kenji

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Customer:

I have benadryl but do you mean give him 1mg per pound?

Dr. Altman :

Yes

Dr. Altman :

How much does Kenji weigh and what mg do you have?

Customer:

Thank you!

Dr. Altman :

You are very welcome

Customer:

Kenji weighs 29.9 pounds

Dr. Altman :

So he would take one adult 25 mg benadryl every 8-12 hours as needed

Dr. Altman :

But this might initially cause further sedation

Dr. Altman :

This will resolve but it can help with some of the soreness of vaccinations

Dr. Altman :

Can I assist with any additional questions this evening?

Customer:

Okay, and if he is not better I have contacted his vet.

Dr. Altman :

Yes but even if he is back to normal tomorrow they should have a record of the lethargy/ malaise post vaccination for next year

Dr. Altman :

But I suspect he will be feeling better by tomorrow afternoon, Monday at the latest

Customer:

Thanks again

Dr. Altman :

You are welcome

Dr. Altman :

Good luck to you and Kenji!

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