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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-16-2014, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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We are off to the vet on Wednesday: wish us luck!

Smokey and Zeeva need their vaccinations updated so we are scheduled on Wednesday. Please wish us luck. I'd called our previous vet like 12 times and left half a dozen massages to figure out when the pups are due for vaccs but I didn't get any response. Finally, today someone answered and faxed over the details.

It's easy to take them one at a time but together they're a handful...

I absolutely cannot stress enough how much I love our vet! He's become like family to us because he's a part of our community! I took Smokey in to get his gums looked at because he has a large bump there, and they didn't charge us for the consultation. I don't want to take advantage of him at all. Zeeva's had two surgeries with him in the past 6 months to remove lumps which we paid a hefty amount for, but still it was discounted. I'm so lucky in this area it's unbelievable!

They have AMAZING reviews on Yelp as well so I'm not BSing when I praise them. If anyone is in my area and needs a reference please PM me. Prices are reasonable too (IMO).
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Good Luck!

Hope it is just a routine visit with no surprises.
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Yay it's over. Zeeva I've realized is very pain tolerant and trusting of me and the vet. Smokey is squirmy and hated the muzzle...

Here they are in a down stay prior to the Dr. coming into the room.

Feel relieved.

They were busy and so I didn't get to ask; any side effects to watch out for from the vaccinations?

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What vaccines? Allergic reactions are common. Swelling at the injection site is very common. Stiffness, lethargy, are also common. Mine had lose stool, slow/stiffness, lethargic/calm (compared to his normal crazy self). That is about it. I was told to give him a couple of benadryl. Mine bounced back to normal the next day. Although the bump at the injection site might stick around up to a month. His has gone down alot.
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Are you getting them yearly booster vaccines? If so, you might want to look into the necessity and safety of doing that.

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Are you getting them yearly booster vaccines? If so, you might want to look into the necessity and safety of doing that.
yes year boosters...

isn't it the law? Esp rabies?

Also required for boarding?

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What vaccines? Allergic reactions are common. Swelling at the injection site is very common. Stiffness, lethargy, are also common. Mine had lose stool, slow/stiffness, lethargic/calm (compared to his normal crazy self). That is about it. I was told to give him a couple of benadryl. Mine bounced back to normal the next day. Although the bump at the injection site might stick around up to a month. His has gone down alot.
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yes year boosters...

isn't it the law? Esp rabies?

Also required for boarding?
Rabies by law only needs to be done every 3 years I think. At least where I am they give the "3 year booster" (which is the exact same thing as the yearly ) just ask your vet about the three year rabies. For everything else more and more vets (and owners) are learning/doing titer testing to see if they actually need a certain booster or not. Lots of dogs don't need yearly vaccines as they developed enough antibodies from the previous vaccines.

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I think rabies in the only one required by law in most places.
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Yearly boosters are primarily a money-maker for the veterinary profession. More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers and side effects of over-vaccination. Rabies as required, and then only the three year. Imho.

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