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our dog got an antibiotic shot and swelling has occured around

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our dog got an antibiotic shot and swelling has occured around the area of the shot. Is that normal?

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  • How long ago did Elvis get the shot?
  • Is it painful or reddened?
  • How is he acting otherwise?
  • What was the antibiotic shot for?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Hi - He got the shot four hours ago. The area is not painful or reddened just swollen. he is reacting normal - the short was after another dog bid his ear. We have the records of biting dog which is up to date with rabies shorts.
Thanks for the information. How big is the swelling?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
about half the size of an egg. He is a basset hound.

It is fairly common for there to be swelling where a shot is given, especially in the short period of time since the shot was given. You can try placing a warm pack on the area for 10-15 minutes to help the swelling. A heating pad set on low works well but don't hold it on the skin for more than 10 minutes since it can cause skin burns. If the swelling is larger or not improved in the morning then have him checked by your vet. If you have more questions please reply back.

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