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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-28-2014, 05:08 AM Thread Starter
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Vet used a 2 month expired parvo vaccine on 10 week old pup

I took my 10 week old to the vet last evening with my boyfriend to get his second parvo vaccine. When we got home we were looking in his passport and noticed that the vaccine expired 2 months ago. We called up the vet and they said that it's not a big deal and that the companies give very early expiration dates.

I don't know if I'm particularly convinced. It's easy enough for the vet to say it's not a big deal. I'm going to call a second vet to get another opinion today. I just wanted to know if anyone here can chime in or has any experience with this?

Personally, I'm not happy. I'm really mad that they didn't feel the need to at least tell us and explain it at the office, but I'm even more mad if they just didn't even notice that it was expired.

So is this not a big deal or should I be looking for a new vet?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-28-2014, 05:55 AM
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I don't know the side effects of an expired shot and don;t know if it is harmful or not but if some vet says expired shots are good enough to be given to my pup then i might consider changing the vet.

ETA: But that is just my opinion, I am a newbie and this is my second dog.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-28-2014, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah that's sort of how I feel. I wouldn't accept an expired vaccine for myself or my [theoretical] child, so I don't feel comfortable accepting it for my dog.

ESPECIALLY since it's parvo. That stuff is serious.
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I would think worse case scenario it's just a weaker vaccine. The problem with that is this is an important time for shots for a young puppy. Was it just the parvo shot or like a 5 in 1?

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It's probably OK but on principle I'd be peeved that a vet would do that and say it's no big deal. I mean, you could save your self a lot of trouble and cost by doing your own expired vaccines, lol. So what is a vet for if they are using expired vaccines and shrugging it off?!

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I don't think the expired vaccine (two months) would pose a problem one way or the other for the pup.

However, if I am paying for a service (vaccines), I expect to get current dated vaccines. I would be concerned if the vet is taking short cuts or just not checking his/her stock for expiration dates what else are they short changing me on at the expense of my dog's health?

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By law, vaccines need to be marked with an expiration date....what I was told was that the effectiveness will diminish slightly over time....that you will need to revaccinate promptly if you use them....

when I worked at Penn Vet, I had a friend with 20+ "barn cats" (who would most definitely gravitate to the house when ever they felt like it!) A clinician there whose wife had a small animal clinic gave me a whole box or two of expired vaccines and said to use them up on the barn cats....they were fine, they were effective and they would not use them up in the practice....I would not worry about the vaccine, but I would be annoyed at the vet for not keeping fresh stock on hand and using expired stock on a paying customer....just on GP!!!

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Don't worry about the shot, your pup is fine, but it should be at no cost. They should toss the expired product or give it away. It does not just turn bad over 2 month, but it's the right thing to do.

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Don't worry about the shot, your pup is fine, but it should be at no cost. They should toss the expired product or give it away. It does not just turn bad over 2 month, but it's the right thing to do.
I agree, that is like stale donuts !!! still edible thing but should be free!!
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Thanks for all the input everyone! I spoke to the vet the breeder uses as well as our breeder. They both said that it shouldn't be an issue, but they were both really annoyed and upset that a vet would use an expired vaccine without even talking to us about it beforehand and that they charged us full price.

I'll be calling the vet tomorrow to tell them I won't be coming back and will not be recommending them to anyone (we live in a small town and literally every single person we know has animals - lots of farms), and will in fact emphatically tell people not to go there.

The breeder's vet offered to give us a free booster in 4 weeks if we choose!
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