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skin reaction to Synulox injection in dog

Species: dog | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 23 May 2007 09:46PM | viewed 5963 times
Q Marcia asks:

My dog needed an injection about a year ago called Synulox. A few days later a terrible lump showed up on the back of his neck at the injection site. It looked like the injection had burnt a massive hole in his skin. After about 6 weeks the lump scabbed over and the scab fell off. We had showed the vet after it had happened and she confirmed that it was indeed a reaction to the Injection and was put on his notes of this allergic reaction and him not to have it again. However, today I took my dog to the vets for kennel cough vaccine and I mentioned in passing that he had been sick over the last few days, even though pooh and wee were fine. This vets was a locum and didn't read the notes and gave him this injection again. It's now hours later and a huge lump has shown up yet again as expected. Apart from the fact that the vet didn't tell me what he was giving him etc. I am now expecting another bald patch on my otherwise beautiful dog. Is there anything that I can do to prevent it happening again, or is there anything I can do now so that it won't scar so much. I don't think that it is normal to have a reaction against this. Can you advise please?

Q Our vet says: Oh dear, I am sorry to hear about your dog. Some dogs do have very bad reactions to injections of antibiotics. Unfortunately it would seem that your dog is one of those that does not tolerate Synulox very well. (Other antibiotics can also cause reactions so it is worth finding out what your dog was given this time) I would take your dog back to the vet and let them examine the lump; often these lumps do go down without too much trouble- but as you have experienced before they can also be quite bad. There is probably little that can be done this time to change the outcome, but I hope it is not too bad. I would suggest that you mention the bad reaction your dog has to these injections to any new vet you meet- before any medication is given.

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