Vaccination Risks

Vaccinations and Your Doxie

Vaccinations are a critical component of preventive care for your dog. Thanks to their development, dogs have been protected from numerous disease threats, including rabies, distemper, hepatitis, and several others. Some of these diseases can be passed from dogs to people—so canine vaccinations have protected human health as well.


Risks to Your Pet

Vaccination against disease is a medical procedure and, like all medical procedures, carries some inherent risk. As in any medical procedure or decision, the benefits must be balanced against the risks. Veterinarians recommend that needless risks should not be taken and that the best way to accomplish this is to reduce the number and frequency of administration of unnecessary vaccines.

As is the case with any medical decision, you and your veterinarian should make vaccination decisions after considering your dog's age, lifestyle, and potential exposure to infectious diseases.

Vaccine Risks

Vaccine reactions of all types are infrequent. Generally, most vaccine reactions and side effects (such as local pain and swelling) are self-limiting. Allergic reactions are less common, but if untreated, can be fatal. These can occur soon after vaccination. If you see such a reaction, please contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

In a small number of patients, vaccines can stimulate the patient's immune system against their own tissues, resulting in diseases that affect the blood, skin, joints, or nervous system. Again, such reactions are infrequent but can be life-threatening. ,

There is a possible complication of a tumor developing at the vaccination site in a small number of pets, most frequently cats. Please contact your veterinarian for more information.

Vaccine Manufacture

Vaccinations produced in today's market are made at the same quality grade as human vaccines. Distributors follow stringent shipping guidelines and veterinarians maintain the quality of the product by utilizing proper storage methods.


All of these steps ensure that your pet receives a vaccination aimed at minimizing risk. Still, many pets experience reactions.

Allergic Reactions

Many dachshunds are mislabeled as vaccine sensitive and are prescribed unnecessary medications before or after receiving these immunizations.

There are some animals that will experience true allergic responses to certain vaccines; however, these are very few. The DRBC protocol shown in this guide has allowed almost all of our adopters to have the unneeded label removed from their medical file.

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