When vaccinating your pet, the vet tells you only a “small percentage” has reactions to the shots. Last night, I was petting our Parker and noticed a lump, about the size of a golf ball on his right hind leg. I had that “mom moment of terror.” He was feeling great – following me around, jumping on the couch, eating/drinking, etc. So, my mind was filled with “what if” thoughts. Lesson learned: never Google “allergic reactions to pet vaccinations.” It is filled with scary, fatalistic conclusions. We were at the vet’s office at 7:30 a.m. the next day. She thought he had a bad reaction to last Friday’s round of vaccinations – specifically the leptospirosis vaccine. Since he is not exhibiting any signs of pain and discomfort, she feels we should not worry. But, to be sure, Parker will have to take antibiotics and anti-inflammatory pills. She notes the swelling should be dramatically reduced and/or gone in three to four days. Here’s hoping this is just a short-lived allergic reaction and that Parker will be on the mend very soon. He needs a week free of neck-encasing plastic cones, invasive shots and foul-tasting pills. Long live our happy, healthy Parker.