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Thread: Rabies shot aftereffect?

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    Default Rabies shot aftereffect?

    Our two dogs just got rabies boosters a couple of days ago. The Lab became very lethargic and stiff overnight, then came out of it for about a day, now he's hardly moving again. He had no ill effects that I can remember last time he got vaccinated. Our other dog, an Akita, had no ill effects from the shot. Any ideas or other experiences? Thanks........Louis

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    It's not too uncommon for pups or even older dogs to get a temperature. There immune system fights off the weakened virus and then develops antibodies against it.
    It's the same as us getting a flu shot. Some get sick from it while others are unaffected.
    I wouldn't worry too much. As long as they eat within a day or two and is drinking water.
    If your dog isn't better within two days contact your vet. There may be other underlying problems.

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    Thanks. He's a little stiff and sluggish, but much better now. He started coming around last night when my wife took the New Year's cookies out of the oven. I guess that's a Lab for you!

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