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August 11, 2008

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cathy

i have more of a question rather than a comment. is it common for vets to give vaccinations and cortisone shots at the same time? my bull dog just had his vaccinations and a cortisone shot for allergies. i was just concerned.

Doc

Hello, Cathy,

Sorry to be so late responding to your question, but I was out of town for a few days.

This is an area of some controversy.

Since allergies are due to a malfunctioning over-reaction of the body's defense system, we often use cortisone to calm down the defense system.

A vaccine is a killed or weakened form of the germ that causes a disease. This is injected to stimulate the body's natural defense system into action to produce protection against that germ.

Thus, it seems contradictory to give cortisone to slow down the defense system at the same time that you are asking it to get to work with the vaccine.

It is a dose-related phenomenon. The dose of cortisone typically given to relieve allergic itching is not enough to interfere with the vaccination process.

There should be no problems associated with this.

Thanks for reading and writing.

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