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Are Vaccines Dangerous?
Not usually. Unfortunately, a perfect, risk-free vaccine does not exist. Without question, vaccines have saved countless lives, and they continue to be indispensable weapons in the battle against infectious disease. But as with any medical procedure, there is a small chance that reactions may develop as a result of vaccination. In most cases, the risks associated with vaccination are much smaller than the risks of disease if vaccines were not given. But to minimize the risk, before your cat is vaccinated, please inform your veterinarian of any problems your cat is experiencing or any medication your cat is receiving.

Following is a brief list of reactions that may occur after vaccination. If your cat has had any reaction in the past as a result of vaccination, be sure to inform your veterinarian before your cat is vaccinated again.

Mild reactions

The following reactions are fairly common, usually start within hours to several days after vaccination, and last no more than several days:

bulletdiscomfort at the site where the vaccine was given - mild fever - diminished appetite and activity - sneezing at about four to seven days after administration of an intranasal vaccine. Development of a small, firm, non-painful swelling under the skin at the site where the vaccine was given. The swelling usually goes away after several weeks, but if you notice such a swelling, you should contact your veterinarian.

Serious reactions
These reactions occur very rarely:

bulletvomiting, diarrhea, or difficult or labored breathing
bulleta serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction within several minutes to an hour after vaccination
bulleta kind of tumor called an injection site fibrosarcoma developing at the vaccine site several weeks, months, or even years following vaccination

What should I do if I think my cat is experiencing a problem as a result of vaccination?

By all means, consult with your veterinarian. Even though vaccine-related adverse reactions are uncommon, the consequences can be serious. Your veterinarian is the individual most qualified to advise you if an untoward event does occur. Any lump found under the skin at a vaccine site that persist more than 3 weeks should be removed ASAP and biopsied, hopefully before it becomes cancerous.

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

The decision to vaccinate your cat should be based on a thorough understanding of the benefits -- and the risks -- of the procedure. For this reason, it is extremely important that your discuss the procedure with your veterinarian. He or she will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have, and will help you make the right vaccine choices for your cat. is dedicated to the education of pet owners
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Copyright (c) 2003. Dr. Robert L. Rogers. All rights reserved.

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