Monday, March 28, 2011
Where is the card?
Good morning ladies...I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was eventful to say the least. I know many of you have little ones (the four legged kind) and share my love of the little beasts. So my story begins. On Saturday there was a clinic held for Rabies shots by a local Vet and so we took our three little ones to get their shot. We decided to get 3 year shots since there was a savings and then we wouldn't have to worry about it for 3 years. Well, all did well except my little MagPie ..... she had an allergic reaction to the shot. Now I have never heard of this in all my years of having pets, so I'm wondering if I just had my head under a rock or if it is a well kept secret. Maggie was fine all day Saturday, but on Sunday morning she didn't get up. I kept going to check on her but she just continued to sleep. Finally I picked her up to take her out and she yelped...so I just thought she was a little sore from the shot. I kept feeling around on her and she was swollen across her back and down one side and it was tender. I started putting ice on the site and watching more carefully. She started shivering but continued to sleep. Late in the afternoon she sat up and it was like she couldn't hold up her head. There were a few jerks and I picked her up and I think she had a seziure. It lasted about a minute and scared the pee water out of me. I called the vet we use sometimes when we need them to come to our house (We have some big outside dogs). He told me this was common and she was having an allergic reaction with fever. Give her Benedryl and a baby aspirin and then repeat in 8-12 hours. So we did that and she actually got up on her own this morning and went tripping outside! She is mobile once more.
I did a little reading on the Internet and it seems this is quite common. Facts: No matter what the size animal the dosage is the same. Allergic reactions can occur quickly or can wait several months before happening. Many reactions can occur....one like Maggie's or something more intense with death resulting. Skin problems with hair loss and itching...cancer at the injection site...and the list goes on and on. Now I know this shot is very important but I could have lost my little one very quickly. So if you are due to get the shot, please be watchful and mindful of what can happen. If your pet has difficulty breathing, get them to a vet immediately. Their airways can close and they can die! Since reactions can occur at a later date keep this info in the back of your mind and remember. Sometimes a Vet can miss what is going on since the patient can't tell them what they are feeling.
So, no I didn't have a card to show you this morning, only a picture of Maggie sleeping peacefully in her bed this morning. I'm way behind on everything including laundry since this weekend was spent watching and waiting with Maggie. Hopefully things will get back to normal today. We are hoping she will take food today. Keep your fingers crossed! I'll be back later this week with something new to post.....I hope!