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Old 01-04-2013, 12:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The vet here in georgia has a puppy plan for 200. This includes all of the puppy series and shots up to one year. It also includes dewormer and testings. Its not a bad deal. Thanks to all for your quick advice
Then do this. $200 is not bad for a year of service. Does it include neuter/spay? Or a discount on those?
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yes it is a pretty good deal. It does include 50 dollars off of a spay/neuter.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The puppy visits do add up, depending on your vet.

I just looked up the charges by my current vet who does it a little differently from my last one and is cheaper, too.

The first round of vaccination was when the puppy was still at the breeder and two days before I got him
1st visit: fecal, exam, wormer $86
2nd visit: exam, DHPP vac $53
3rd visit: exam, DHPP vac $53
4th visit: rabies $19

And like msvette2u says, the vet really does a lot in those visits and it's good to head off any problems.

Sounds like your $200 quote is a good deal.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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That is a good deal!

There was a litter of puppies that I was contacted about and 2 rescues took them - another rescue met me there and did their first shots - the way she did it was like a harpoon. This was me: and their owner pretty much had the same look.

So glad you will do the package and that it is offered. It helps a ton and the reminders, etc are great - you feel like it's all under control instead of trying to keep track on your own.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:25 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Ask for their prices on preventives and if they match internet pricing. My last vet did if you brought in a page from a known reputable site (like entirely pets, or foster smith, etc..) if not, sometimes rebates from the vets will get your prices down.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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One thing to keep in mind is that there have been changes in what is recommended for puppies as far as vaccination goes. OVER vaccination dogs (and cats) can cause much more harm than good.

Dr. Jean Dodds recommends the following schedule:
Between 9 - 10 weeks of age a puppy should get their first Distemper and first Parvo shots. NOTHING else. No 5-way or 7-way - JUST Distemper and Parvo.

At 14 weeks of age they get their second Distemper and their second Parvo. Again - JUST those 2 vaccinations.

Between 16 - 18 weeks of age a puppy can get a third set of Distemper and Parvo. This set is optional.
I would only recommend the third set if someone lives in an area where Parvo or Distemper is very prevalent.

Wait as long as you can to get the first Rabies shot. (My dogs get them around a year of age).

At a year I titer my dogs for Distemper and Parvo and only revaccinate if they need it.
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I only did the distemper and parvo for my adult booster, but did do DHPP on first round. It seems pretty uncommon for a vet to carry the single vaccines and even more uncommon to find a vet who will work with you and space them out.

I am going to look into titers on CAV-1 (you get immunity to that from the CAV-2,(adenovirus)) vaccine (the H in DHPP) .......

There was a recent article in whole dog magazine about a resurgence in CAV-1 and I think, even Dr Dobbs is reconsidering that one in her protocol.
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We follow the guidelines I linked to and have never had problems. We use only 5-ways.

We have had 2 allergic reactions in the last 6 yrs. doing rescue. Benadryl resolved the issue.

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There was a recent article in whole dog magazine about a resurgence in CAV-1 and I think, even Dr Dobbs is reconsidering that one in her protocol.
There's many human diseases making comebacks because of the trend of not vaccinating. Any time people quit vaccinating, herd immunity will be affected and cause resurgences of many diseases though to be "not an issue any longer".
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:31 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I haven't done puppy vaccines, but did all my adult vaccines (except rabies). If you buy the record sheet and place the vial cover on the sheet and then document the date, time the vaccine was given. I've never had an issue with this, other than the vet's office saying they prefer to give their own vaccines. Sure, with a hefty mark up! The $200 deal is good. I wish I'd had that offer. I have already paid a ton for Grim's visits... and there is more to go. At least we have major medical insurance!
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