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Ziggy had his distemper booster yesterday and this afternoon I noticed an approximately golf ball sized lump at the injection site.

According to the vet and Dr. Google this isn't all that unusual and will most likely go away in a few days but of course worse case scenario is that its infected or a tumor :(

Can anyone ease my anxious mind? Has this happened to one of your dogs before? How did it turn out?
 

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That happened to Bella when I took her in for a Benadryl shot. The vet called it a "sterile injection abscess" and it went away a few weeks later.
 

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This happened to my terrier mix when she was a puppy (and strangely hasn't happened since). I too panicked, but vet said it was normal and it completely went away within a week.
 

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I JUST had this happen to me a few weeks ago. My Belka had his last round of vaccines and this visible lump appeared. I was scared to death - it was very sore too. But within a week or two it disappeared completely. The vet said if I was worried to put an ice pack on it as it was likely just some swelling caused by the shot. Just don't put a lot of pressure around the injection and try to hold/pet/pick him up - in ways that won't touch it.

Belka is also a bleeder - every time he gets a shot he bleeds. So I don't know if this has anything to do with it possibly being a little more sensitive.
 

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Hi

This happened to my german shepherd pup as well. I took him to get his third shot as a puppy and when we got home he had a huge lump on the back of his neck.

It was tender to the touch as well but it went away on its own within 7 days. This never happened with any of my other dogs so I was worried as well, the vet assured me he would be fine and he was.

Hope your baby is doing well.
 

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It's an allergic reaction to the aluminum adjuvant in the vaccine. Aluminum is used in vaccines to create an immune response in the body otherwise the body will likely ignore the antigen. I agree with the cold pack suggestion it will stop the immune response.
 
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