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Old 12-05-2011, 12:30 AM
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Hello all,

My name is Adam, I have had dogs in my life since birth, (my father was a police officer and had a working German Shepard) my parents also owned labs, dalmations and fox terriers growing up. For the first time in my adult life I have a dog and recently opted to adopt an approximately 8 week old (now 11 weeks old) puppy from a kill shelter here in the Los Angeles County area. I'm currently unsure of the breed friends believe him to be a cockerspaniel/chiguagua others have guessed terrier/chiguagua. (You can see him (Gohan) in my avatar photo.) He is currently eating very well on a varied diet. He is for the most part housebroken. I do work in the animal husbandry field (I'm a professional aquarist and currently studying in the marine biology field) but have relatively no experience with mammals. He's currently had the following inoculations;

K9-Influenza

DHLLP (Parvo)

BORDETELLA

Corona

Lepto

The latter 3 were given approximately 48 hours ago, I was informed by the vet technician that he may sneeze frequently for the next 24/48 hours and have some discharge from his nose. This has been occurring rather heavily, in particular the sneezing, the discharge is light but does dry up slightly but doesn't appear to be in a full on hyperkeratotic state as it doesn't cover his entire nose and he typically wipes it away with his nose appearing "normal" for the bulk of the day. I have observed him "hack" once but there does not appear to be a pattern of coughing. His temperature is currently steady at 102 F and pulse is ~160bpm, which I'm told is within the acceptable range. My main concern is Canine distemper virus, though I may be over reacting (Aquarists tend to be anal about animal healthcare). I'm just looking to get any thoughts on the matter, should I schedule another vet appointment ASAP or are these normal reactions from the vaccinations? Thanks in advance for helping, hopefully I can repay by lending a hand to any fish keepers in the future.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:26 PM
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

First and foremost, if you have any concerns I would recommend you call your vet immediately and speak to a technician there and describe what you see. More than likely, it is nothing, but you never know. I'm a "Worried" owner so I tend to call when things aren't quite the symptoms they listed. Some dogs can have a reaction to the shots that range in symptoms. It could be nothing or it could be serious- only you know your dog best! At the very least, the vet should calm your fears or tell ask for a check up
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Hello and welcome to the forum!

First and foremost, if you have any concerns I would recommend you call your vet immediately and speak to a technician there and describe what you see. More than likely, it is nothing, but you never know. I'm a "Worried" owner so I tend to call when things aren't quite the symptoms they listed. Some dogs can have a reaction to the shots that range in symptoms. It could be nothing or it could be serious- only you know your dog best! At the very least, the vet should calm your fears or tell ask for a check up
Hello Pyro and thank you for the warm welcome! You were spot on with your diagnosis (both with me and the pup)

I went ahead and took Gohan to the vet yesterday morning. A fecal text and chest exam both tested negative, however there was still the mucus discharge and heavy sneezing. Gohan had this issue occasionally prior to Sunday but it became much more frequent in the day thereafter. My vet stated that he may have had a slight allergen irritation that was further agitated by the viral vaccinations he was given Sunday night. He was prescribed a light anti-biotic (due to the discharge having a slight yellow color and not being completely clear), he's been on is for about 36 hours and while he still has some discharge it is much clearer and he hasn't sneezed in my presence and is still eating everything I give him. All in all, sounds like I slightly overreacted, which again probably coincides with my profession of being aquarist caring for exotic fish and invertebrates. Mammals are a whole different game. On a side note he was underweight when I rescued him and has put on a pound a half since I adopted him (a large percentage for a guy his size). This vet however was equally confused as to what he is mixed with besides chijuajua, he has the hair texture of cocker but the stocky body and legs of many terriers. He did say he didn't expect him to exceed 12 pounds as an adult if that. He will be 12 weeks tomorrow and is approximately 6.4lbs at the moment. I've added another pic of him at the vet.
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Very cute pup! Glad to hear the symptoms are subsiding after the vet visit.
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