Caring for Your Pet After Vaccination

Young woman playing with her pets.
It is important to care and monitor your pets after vaccinations or any medical procedure to ensure their well being. Please contact The Pet Stop Clinic immediately if your pet is experiencing symptoms such as swollen face, hives, itching or vomiting as these are signs of an allergic reaction. If your pet is on any other medication or is being treated for any other medical condition, please contact your veterinarian before giving the medications listed below.

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Home Care For Your Dog After Vaccinations

After receiving vaccinations, your dog may run a fever, become sore or have muscle aches. In some cases, older animals may experience more prevalent side effects. These side effects are common and will run their course within 24 to 48 hours. You can provide support to your dog by giving him the extra attention and treating him to his favorite food while monitoring for uncommon symptoms. Take your dog’s temperature using a thermometer.

Below are some guidelines for you to refer to when caring for your dog after his vaccination.

Temperature guide:

Normal Temperature: 99.5 – 102.5 degrees F
Normal Heart rate: 60 – 100 for large breeds, 100 – 140 for small breeds
Normal Respiratory rate: 15-20

Asprin Administration

Do not administer Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aleve or any other anti-inflammatory pills other than aspirin. You can give your dog 10 – 25 mg/pound orally, up to one adult aspirin every 8 hrs or as needed.

Administration by Weight

1-5 lbs: ¼ to ½ baby aspirin by mouth every eight hours as needed
10 lbs: 1 baby aspirin every 8 hr.
15-20 lbs: 1½ baby aspirin every 8 hours as needed
20 lbs: 2 baby aspirin, or ½ adult aspirin every 8 hours as needed
30lbs: 1 adult aspirin every 8 hours as needed

Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)

To administer Benadryl, please follow these guideline or as directed by The Pet Stop veterinarian.

1 adult tablet or capsule = 25mg
1 tsp liquid = 12.5 mg
1 tsp = 5cc or 5 ml

Weight Dose Equals
1-5 5 mg ½ tsp children’s syrup 2-3 times daily as needed
10 10 mg 1 tsp children’s syrup, or ½ adult tablet 2-3 times daily
15 15 mg 1½ tsp or ½ adult tablet 2-3 times daily as needed
20-30 25 mg 2 tsp children’s syrup, or 1 adult tablet 2-3 times daily as needed
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Home Care For Your Cat After Vaccinations

After receiving vaccinations, your cat may run a fever, become sore or have muscle aches. In some cases, older animals may experience more prevalent side effects. They may go into hiding and will not have their normal appetite. Side effects are common and will run their course within 24 to 48 hours. You can provide support to your cat by giving them the extra attention and treating them to their favorite food while monitoring for uncommon symptoms. Take your cat’s temperature using a thermometer.

Below are some guidelines for you to refer to when caring for your cat after her vaccination.

Temperature guide

Normal Temperature: 100 – 102.5 degrees F; 103 degrees F (with stress)
Normal Heart rate: 100 – 120 adult, 130 – 140 young
Normal Respiratory rate: 20-30

Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)

You can give your cat Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) if your cat is sore and is feeling uncomfortable 24 hours after vaccination.

To administer Benadryl, Please follow these guideline or as directed by the Pet Stop Vets.

1 adult tablet or capsule = 25mg
1 tsp liquid = 12.5 mg
1 tsp = 5cc or 5 ml
1 children’s quick dissolve strip equals 1 tsp or 12.5mg (easiest to give a cat)

Weight Dose Equals
1-5 5 mg ½ tsp children’s syrup 2-3 times daily as needed
10 10 mg 1 tsp children’s syrup, or ½ adult tablet 2-3 times daily
15 15 mg 1½ tsp or ½ adult tablet 2-3 times daily as needed
20-30 25 mg 2 tsp children’s syrup, or 1 adult tablet 2-3 times daily as needed