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My 15 month flat coat x with miniature poodle has received s

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my 15 month flat coat x with miniature poodle has received his annual booster today and is now lethargic, whimpering when his paws are touched and breathing more quickly than normal. Is this a side effect and will it go on the next 24 hours?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. It may be more that he is sore than really having a side effect. I would check to make sure there is no swelling in his face, limbs or where he got the injections. Make sure his gums are pink as well. If you do notice some swelling, pale gums, vomiting or weakness; he may be having a reaction and should be seen by your vet immediately. Otherwise, it would probably be a good idea to call your vet and let them know (not sure if they are still open with the time difference). At the very least, they may want to prescribe some anti-inflammatory pain medication for him. If you don't see any of the issues I mentioned, and it is just soreness, it shouldn't last anymore than 24-36 hours. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you - very helpful. There is no swelling or vomiting and gums are pink so I guess it is just soreness. Our vet is now closed so I will contact them in the morning if he is still under the weather.
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

You are very welcome. I think that sounds like a good idea. Just keep an eye on him. If he gets worse, I would check to see if you have an emergency vet in the area. If not, Benadryl may help and is usually safe. 50-75 mg for a dog 50-75 lbs.