We had a very scary and stressful weekend. On Sunday morning, we took our dogs Teddy and Twinkle to get their yearly DHP+parvo vaccine. After that, we almost lost Teddy.
After getting their vaccination, we took them to the dog park. Teddy vomited in the car right after. Then when we let him out of the car, he had diarrhea. Normally he gets so excited at the dog park. He likes to run around and play with every dog. But that day, he couldn’t even walk. He just laid down on the grass, and showed no interest in playing. Twinkle, on the other hand, was absolutely normal and very playful.
Seeing Teddy acting weird, we immediately took them home. Soon after we got home, Teddy throw up again. I called the vaccine clinic and informed them the symptoms. The lady just told me that it sounds like normal vaccine reaction. But if I’m truly worried, I can take him to go see a doctor. Then Teddy threw up 6 more times after that within 30 minutes. Not only that, he started breathing rapidly, and his gum was turning pale.
We knew we had to take him to the hospital right away. Our normal vet is not open on Sunday, so we took him to an emergency animal hospital. When we got there, they didn’t even have to time to have us fill out the paperwork first. They immediately took Teddy back to start treatment right away.
Turned out that Teddy developed anaphylactic shock from the vaccine. If we didn’t take him to the hospital as fast as we did, we could lose him.
Teddy stayed at the hospital overnight. They updated us at night time that Teddy was recovering well. We went to pick him up at 5:30am this morning. He was acting normal again. But by 7am, his eyes and lips became swollen, and he kept on scratching his face. I took him to our regular vet. She gave Teddy a Benadryl injection, and the swelling went away.
Now it’s 6:30pm. Teddy seems happy as he always is. I am so thankful for the doctors and staffs at the emergency hospital for treating Teddy and brought him back to his health.
Teddy and Twinkle are so happy to see each other. They are just sticking together all day long today. Phew…. what a scary experience. Really really happy that both Teddy and Twinkle are doing great now.
P.S. So glad we have pet insurance! I would highly recommend everyone to get pet insurance if you have dogs or cats. The vet bills came out to be around $1,300. With our pet insurance, I only had to pay $200 deductible, and everything else should be covered 100%. I’ll write a post about our pet insurance and our experience with them shortly if anyone is interested.