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Rough day after the vet?? help!

post #1 of 22
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So today my kitten got his first distemper booster, giardia vaccine, feleuk test, 2nd deworming, etc etc and today he won't move! he looks like he is in the worst pain EVER....he won't hop around and won't eat or drink---only went to the litter box once to pee and is just kind of sitting there hunched over. He also squeals when I touch his shoulders where they injected him....is this normal or is he having a bad reaction to the vaccines??? help!
post #2 of 22
My cat was uncomforatble after the second set of vacs too. She slept on my chest and then later next to my head on my pillow that night. She was fine the next day. Others may have more to offer on this topic though. Call the vet if the symptoms persist.
post #3 of 22
I would call the vet. I've never had a kitty even act any different after vaccinations. This seems wrong to me. Ask them to double check what he was given. Hope he feels better soon.
post #4 of 22
geez that is quite a load for a kitten- how old is this kitten? Regardless call the vet and let them know what is going on. That isn't a normal reaction from my experience.
post #5 of 22
Mine will sometimes not feel good for a day or so after their shots, but the pain at the injection site is worrisome. Please call a vet and ask- I had one cat who took her kitten shots fine, and then went into antiphylactic(sp) shock with her first full adult set. My husband didn't think she was that sick, but I got in the car and took her myself to the emergency vet (late at night ) and they told me if I hadn't brought her in, she would have died. This is the only time one of my cats felt really, noticably BAD after her shots. I don't mean to scare you, but better safe than sorry!

(btw- she is a white cat, and all her skin turned hot, hot pink, if this helps you any- she also sat around with her feet under her, but not relaxed with her tummy on the ground, and had that "I feel like crap" look on her face, and didn't want to be messed with) Now she gets an antihistamine shot or pill before her yearlies .
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by jlphilli
So today my kitten got his first distemper booster, giardia vaccine, feleuk test, 2nd deworming, etc etc and today he won't move! he looks like he is in the worst pain EVER....he won't hop around and won't eat or drink---only went to the litter box once to pee and is just kind of sitting there hunched over. He also squeals when I touch his shoulders where they injected him....is this normal or is he having a bad reaction to the vaccines??? help!

That is alot of shots to receive at one time and I agree with others....I would contact the vet.

Katie
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
well it's 11:40 at night...vet is closed...he is on obvious distress--every place I put him he just stays in the position and falls asleep. He is about 2 months old now
post #8 of 22
I agree that you should call the vet. I have had this happen with a kitten before. He reacted the same way to each of his vaccinations. He was very sore for several days and cried when I touched him between the shoulder blades. This kitten was better in a few days and did not require additional medications.

However, serious vaccine reactions (usually allergic) can occur with young kittens and occasionally they will need medicine to combat the reaction. A vet should see him to determine if this will be needed. If you are comfortable taking his temperature, that may also guide how ill he is. If his temperature is elevated I would get him to the vet immediately. You may need to take him to an emergency vet.
post #9 of 22
After reading your last message I would call your vet and take him to the nearest emergency vet clinic. My kitten who was sore was never in obvious distress besides being sore and weak. I have had to bring kittens at the shelter I worked at to the emergency vet due to vaccine reactions who required medications and hospitalization.
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Just an update--I took him to the emergency vet and they said nothing was wrong...they gave him subcu. fluids and some metacam pain meds to give him for a few days. Hopefully he will be up and feeling better soon!
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by jlphilli
Just an update--I took him to the emergency vet and they said nothing was wrong...they gave him subcu. fluids and some metacam pain meds to give him for a few days. Hopefully he will be up and feeling better soon!
Let's hope he improves....I'm glad you were able to get him seen.

Katie
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
This morning he is 100% better!! He was back to his purring in my face at 6am self! I put down some canned for him and he gobbled it up. I am so glad I took him. They said that after he got the fluids and the pain meds he should bounce back in no time (boy were they right!). Thanks again for all of your help!
post #13 of 22
I am so glad to hear your little guy is feeling better this morning!

For the benefit of those who may stumble upon this thread in the future, it is not a good idea to "bundle" everything into one vet visit. Try to spread the vaccines out over several visits and allow about 10 days between them. That way, you not only minimize the risk of a severe reaction, but you will also be able to know specifically WHAT caused the reaction.
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
Yes, I agree. I had no idea that they were giving him more than just the distemper vacc....this vet just started giving dogs and cats a giardia vacc which is new...He didn't get a feleuc vacc cuz he's strictly indoors, but he did get the test (so technically it was just 2 shots). Although I still feel it was too much for him as he is only 2.5 lbs *sigh* I'm thinking about calling the vet and telling them what happened, but I just don't feel like arguing with them right now. He is due to go back in about 3 weeks for his boosters....do you think that is too soon??
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by jlphilli
Yes, I agree. I had no idea that they were giving him more than just the distemper vacc....this vet just started giving dogs and cats a giardia vacc which is new...He didn't get a feleuc vacc cuz he's strictly indoors, but he did get the test (so technically it was just 2 shots). Although I still feel it was too much for him as he is only 2.5 lbs *sigh* I'm thinking about calling the vet and telling them what happened, but I just don't feel like arguing with them right now. He is due to go back in about 3 weeks for his boosters....do you think that is too soon??
Usually they give 3 sets of distemper shots that are 2-3 weeks apart....so it may be the 2nd shot that is due at that time. I would check with the vet as to what boosters your kitten is supposed to receive at that time.

Katie
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by jlphilli
I'm thinking about calling the vet and telling them what happened,
I think you should call the vet and at least have them put it into your kitten's chart. This way you will have a record of what happened. Also, you may want to keep a journal of your own on the kitten. When they visited the vet, for what reason, etc. It could become useful in the future.
post #17 of 22
Glad to hear he is doing much better. Kittens can be so fragile when so young and so small. Good luck.
post #18 of 22
The 3-in-1 vaccine for Rhinotraceitis, Calici Virus and Panleukopenia (mistakenly referred to as "distemper" -- cats do not get distemper, they get Panleukopenia) are normally given at the ages of 6 weeks, 9 weeks and 12 weeks, respectively. A lot of vets will "bundle" the rabies vaccine along with the last 3-in-1 vaccine at 12 weeks, but I highly discourage you from allowing this -- wait until he is at least 16 weeks old to minimize the risk of reaction. I was not aware of the vaccine for giardia so have no comments one way or the other about it as of yet.

I strongly agree with katachtig about charting your kitten's reaction. While it may have been absolutely nothing to worry about, your vet will know next time in case it happens again and he/she can take the necessary precautions.
post #19 of 22
I am SO glad to hear that your kitty is fine! Usually, the emergency vet will be more than happy (the one we've used does it routinely) to fax a copy of the record there to your vet, for your records. And then our vet usually calls us the next day to find out how our cat or dog is doing .
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone I called the vet yesterday morning and turns out the emergency vet had already called and told them everything in detail, so I didn't have to worry about it. He is due to go back in 3 weeks, do you think I should for-go the giardia vacc?? (I honestly don't see a huge need for it...isn't giardia rare anyways?)
post #21 of 22
Since I am not familiar with the giardia vax, is this a shot they get mulitple times? I thought your kitten got this vaccine the last time he went in?
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
He did...I didn't know if it had a booster or not
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