Reactions to Vaccinations
Less frequently discussed but equally important and sometimes even more so, is the issue of a Chihuahua suffering an allergic reaction to a vaccination.
The benefits of being protected from the slew of canine disease far outweigh the chances of a Chi having a reaction, however owners should be aware of the signs which include:
- Swelling - This can be on any part of the body, however facial swelling is a common symptom
- Trouble breathing and/or wheezing
Since reactions can range from mild to severe and life threatening, it is recommended to only schedule vaccination appointments when someone will be able to stay with the Chihuahua for at least 2 hours afterward.
In some cases, an allergic reaction will present itself even before an owner arrives back home with their Chihuahua and for this reason, careful monitoring should be done as soon as one leaves the veterinarian office.
It will be important to seek treatment immediately. With mild cases, an antihistamine is given. With moderate to severe cases, epinephrine may need to be given.