So where did things go so wrong that I ended up looking like this???
Do you see how swollen my eyes and my snooter look? I was perfectly fine all day and even went for a long walk in the afternoon. Mom left for a couple of hours to pick up the grandkids at school and get them started on their homework while she waited for their parents to get home from work.
When Mom got home right before dinnertime, I was racing all over the kitchen, trying to rub the sides of my face on the floor, on the knobs of the cabinets, on the carpet, and along the sides of the wire crate. She said to me, "What is wrong with you, Misty?" I looked up at her and this is what she saw.
She immediately called the V.E.T. and told them she was pretty sure I was having a bad reaction to one of the vaccines I had gotten that morning. Fortunately for us, our clinic has evening hours on Monday nights, or I would have been off to the E.R. Mom and I got in the Highlander asap and headed to the clinic, which is only about 8 minutes away.
By the time we got there, my face was really starting to swell a lot. You can see the swelling had started to spread all along the side of my lips. My guy Dr. B. was in with another patient, but the lady Dr. B came out right away and took me to the back. They gave me a shot of something that Mom can't remember the name of to counteract the reaction along with a dose of benadryl.
This is how I looked after the injection, still pretty bad. I can barely open my eyes. And it continued to get worse for a bit longer. Mom and I had to wait at the clinic for about 90 minutes because they didn't want me to go home until they saw the swelling start to go down a lot. They take very good care of all of us at this place. While we were waiting, my guy Dr. B. came out and sat down to talk to Mom about what had happened. Since I got injections that morning for rabies, lepto, distemper, and canine flu, there is no way to know which one was the problem OR if it was too much at one time. Dr. B. said that my file has already been flagged as "vaccine reactive", and in the future I will only get one vaccine at a time and Mom will give me Benadryl before we get to the vet's. That will be a lot safer for me and it may help them figure out which one is the culprit. Dr. B. also said that this may never happen again, but we can't take any chances. If Mom hadn't gotten me to the clinic when she did, this story might have had a very different ending.
I had to get some more Benadryl before bedtime last night and again this morning. But all should be good now. My face is not swollen at all now, and my eyes are back to normal.
Much, much better!!!
Thanks, both Dr. Bs., for taking such good care of our sister, sweet Misty - we don't want anything bad to happen to her.
But that Benadryl is still working on me.
So I guess it is time to snooze for a bit.
Woos - Misty
Note from Mom: I have heard of other dogs having problems with vaccines before but have never experienced it myself. From now on, ALL the dogs will get any vaccinations spread out over a couple of visits - the extra car rides will be more than worth it if it keeps my babies safe.