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03-12-2014 11:07 AM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by BensLife View Post
I actually went and researched about doing my own vaccines. It's interesting and I want to give it a try but what do you guys think? Should I just go to the vet and see if they don't charge just to come in and get a vaccine? Or just do it myself.. Since he is coming home at 8 weeks, I've decided to take him to the vet just to be safe about his health but then after that I can either keep going back to the vet or find a clinic that will do it for cheaper.. Or just do it myself.
I give the shots myself, but I was taught by a vet many years ago when I worked for him. If you have never given shots before I would say go to a vet or clinic. You don't want to accidentally hurt your pup or get it wrong so he is not protected.
03-12-2014 04:12 AM
BensLife I actually went and researched about doing my own vaccines. It's interesting and I want to give it a try but what do you guys think? Should I just go to the vet and see if they don't charge just to come in and get a vaccine? Or just do it myself.. Since he is coming home at 8 weeks, I've decided to take him to the vet just to be safe about his health but then after that I can either keep going back to the vet or find a clinic that will do it for cheaper.. Or just do it myself.
03-11-2014 11:00 PM
trcy
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Originally Posted by Juliem24 View Post
It's easy. I did it with my huskies, got the vaccines at Farm &Fleet. Then, they only had to get rabies at the vet and bordatella if they were boarded. Saved a lot of $, even with the "multiple dog discount" from our very good vet.
Thank you. I discussed it with my husband today and he is all for it. My concerns were the safety or how they store the vaccines. My husband said I should have the same concerns with the vet.

I know I can do the injections. I do them on people and I used to have to give insulin to one of our cats.
03-11-2014 10:55 PM
Juliem24
Administering vaccines

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I went to a local vet for shots, but it was through there clinic. Which means they only give shots during a certain time so an office visit is not charged. I think most vets where I live have these clinics.

I'm leaning towards just getting the vaccines myself and doing the injection on my own this year. That way I only need to get the rabies shot done at the vet. Still thinking about it though.
It's easy. I did it with my huskies, got the vaccines at Farm &Fleet. Then, they only had to get rabies at the vet and bordatella if they were boarded. Saved a lot of $, even with the "multiple dog discount" from our very good vet.
03-11-2014 07:46 PM
Jax08 Break down the costs and the actual needed medical treatment

Vet Exam - $45
Tech visit = $15
Vaccine - $15 per shot
Nail trim - WHY??? Do it yourself!
Bordetella - WHY???? Unless you are boarding and then it has to be given a minimum of 2 weeks prior.
Yearly HW/Lyme test - $40
"Routine" dewormer - ??? You only need to deworm when a positive fecal. If you are using HW preventative then that should be more than sufficient. In fact, read the guarantee on the HW prev. med. If there is a positive fecal for parasites they will usually cover the cost of the treatment and test.
03-11-2014 07:40 PM
BensLife
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Originally Posted by martemchik View Post
Be careful coming out and asking these questions to a vet...remember, they make a lot of money off of vaccinating your animal. Every vaccine they can sell you, is money in their pocket.

I'd just get a price list from your vet on how much each vaccine costs separately, find out if there is an office visit charge for just getting vaccines, and add it all up yourself after doing the research on what vaccines you should get depending on the area you live in.
Thanks for this advice! I will be sure to come back and visit the vet and find out the individual prices.
03-11-2014 04:17 PM
shepherdmom
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Especially the black and tans? Sounds like an extremely knowledgeable vet...there's a difference in the immune systems of sables and black and tans?
black and tan dogs, not black and tan shepherds. She is very knowledgeable.... says current on all the latest stuff and has been my vet for over 10 years. I totally trust her.
03-11-2014 03:31 PM
autopsy_survivor
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Especially the black and tans? Sounds like an extremely knowledgeable vet...there's a difference in the immune systems of sables and black and tans?
Probably because blk/tans seem to be more susceptible to parvo than dogs of other colours.

The clinic I work at gives vaccines at 8, 12 and 16 weeks (or 3 vaccinations). If the dog was vaccinated at 6 weeks, we generally still give them the three vaccinations (at 10, 14, 18 weeks though).

We have puppy packages too, they include the spay/neuter and it does have to be done before the dog is over 1 year. In our case, it seems to be because the surgery itself is hugely discounted by the package and we have cheap prices to begin with. Performing a spay on a 6 month old puppy is a lot easier than on a more mature dog that's gone through a few heat cycles and is much larger. Plus you're prepaying for a service, from a business standpoint it would be a terrible idea to have someone pay for something that they may not do for 2+ years, or want to have done when something is going on that makes the surgery much more difficult and invasive.
03-11-2014 03:00 PM
martemchik
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Originally Posted by BensLife View Post
I see, I'm probably going to ask my vet which route is best. I was thinking that if the package was a better deal considering it includes all the shots needed for my puppy that I would go for it. But, if you guys suggest maybe I see if I can talk to my vet and see which other route I can go without getting the useless vaccine such as the bordetella. It is actually my first time looking for a vet in my area and first time bringing him there so thanks for the information!
Be careful coming out and asking these questions to a vet...remember, they make a lot of money off of vaccinating your animal. Every vaccine they can sell you, is money in their pocket.

I'd just get a price list from your vet on how much each vaccine costs separately, find out if there is an office visit charge for just getting vaccines, and add it all up yourself after doing the research on what vaccines you should get depending on the area you live in.
03-11-2014 02:56 PM
martemchik
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
Here Rabies is at 4 months and then again after a year.

My vet also is saying my boy needs that 4th shot at 20 weeks. Because not all dogs are getting covered by the 16 week shots, especially the black and tans she said. I'm leaning towards it. I don't want to over vaccinate but I would hate for him to get sick. Does anyone know how much the titres cost?
Especially the black and tans? Sounds like an extremely knowledgeable vet...there's a difference in the immune systems of sables and black and tans?
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