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Q: 11-wk-old shih tzu really bothered by area he rec'd shots (upper thigh) anything to sooth area?

July 21, 2008 | By Tucker08 | 5 answers | Expired: 2187 days ago

Tucker08

He is biting at his tail and area where he rec'd shots and seems really bothered when he walks. Just wondering what I can do to help him...Vet said pain may last more for about 2 wks
Update 7/21 @ 6:48 PM - Vet prescribed anti-inflammatory (Rimadyl) chewable w/food. Just gave to him and he is eating better, but still bothered by area. I'll see if pill helps w/pain. I'm gonna try to rub antibiotic/cortisone on site (if I can find it). Since vaccine was just given on Saturday (7/19), I'm gonna try to be patient, but it is very hard to see him in pain. This is my first puppy so I don't want to over-react, but I don't want to under-react either.

Thanks for all the wonderful advice!

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Jul 21, 2008

He must be in pain and distress. I would take him to another vet for a med reaction check! Does soreness usually take 2 weeks to go away when you get a shot?? Take him to a different vet right away!

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sandy  r.
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Jul 21, 2008

Its defintitely back to a vet. Ask about whether they can prescribe an a cream with cortizone and anti-inflamatory properties to help it along. I am not sure whetehr you can apply camomile lotion to dogs -- ask before you use ... It helps people effectively and being a natural product could be safe for dogs. Check it out.

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Jessica H.
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Jul 21, 2008

In response to answers below -- why take him to another vet? Vax reactions are not that uncommon, and even the world's most experienced vet can give a vaccine that causes a reaction in an animal. The animal's body may just be allergic, it has nothing to do with her current vet's credibility.

You did the right thing by taking him back to the vet; my suggestion is to make a note of which vax he had a reaction to, that way next time you go in, even if you go to a different vet, you can let them know. The meds should help, you could also try to massage the area. Unfortunately now its just a waiting game, since you have to wait to see if meds will help... if he doesn't show improvement over the next few days, go back to the vet again.

Hang in there, buddy :)

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