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Preventing Another Reaction

Insect bites can be difficult to prevent. But if the cause of the reaction is known, it should obviously be avoided.

While vaccinations may still be necessary to protect your pet from dangerous and deadly diseases, if your pet has had a vaccine reaction, there are precautions you can take. Work with your veterinarian to consider which infections your pet is at risk for and develop a plan to minimize the number or frequency of vaccinations.

Administration of several vaccinations at one time should be avoided. If multiple vaccinations are due, individual vaccines should be administered at least two weeks apart to help minimize the amount of immune system stimulation at one time.

If your pet has previously experienced a vaccine reaction, be sure to inform the veterinarian so that proper premedication can be given. With premedication, many dogs can be vaccinated without a reaction.

For pets with a history of vaccine reactions, it's probably not a good idea to use vaccine clinics, because they may not be prepared to administer pretreatment with anti-inflammatory medications or to observe the pet after vaccination.

If your dog previously suffered a severe vaccine reaction, talk with your veterinarian to determine the best way to proceed in the future.

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