As a responsible pet owner, you know it’s important to vaccinate your dog against a half-dozen or more serious and even deadly diseases. Instead of receiving separate vaccinations, your furry friend will likely receive a combination vaccine. Some combination inoculations have five, six or seven vaccines. It’s not unusual for a dog to experience mild side effects after being vaccinated, but it’s important to recognize what is normal discomfort and what’s cause for concern.
To protect your dog against the variety of diseases your dog is susceptible to, your vet will likely administer a multivalent vaccine, which offers protection from several illnesses in one injection. One such combination vaccine is a 7-in-1 or 7-way vaccine, which protects against canine distemper, adenovirus, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis and corona virus. Various companies market versions of 7-way vaccines. Your vet will determine whether the 7-in-1 inoculation is best for dog based primarily on the region the dog lives and the dog's lifestyle.
After receiving the vaccination, your dog may experience lethargy and localized pain at the injection site. It’s best to let him sleep it off; in a few hours he’ll be back to normal. In rare cases, the dog may suffer more serious complications, such as trouble breathing, pale gums, disorientation, loss of consciousness, hives and swelling anywhere on his body. If your pup shows any of these symptoms, or if you have any doubts or questions, be on the safe side and contact your veterinarian.