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Old 01-04-2013, 10:45 PM

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Hello- I have posted before about how much I love my vet. I am concerned that pricing at this place is on the high side. Prince had to have a distemper shot today (DA2PV). It is a three year vaccine. The cost was $25.72. I am curious how much others are paying. I know it is location specific. I am in the south US in South Carolina. I am just curious. Also, this is the first time I have taken one of my babies for a vaccine (I got mine both as adults). Goodness the litney of possible reactions they told me about was very scary. I am about 2 hours post vaccine and Prince is attacking a bully stick like there is no tomorrow. Guess he is doing fine so far!
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I have to check Leo's records, I haven't vaccinated mojo or Lola in 3 years because we do titers. Leo had a distemper only followed by parvo only a few weeks later. I had to look forever to find a vet who used single valent vaccines as I won't ever do a multivalvent vaccine again after what I went through.


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We got our shots done at Petco and they came in a package for $50 and it included distemper, rabies, bordetella, and some other one I cant spell haha
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I have to check Leo's records, I haven't vaccinated mojo or Lola in 3 years because we do titers. Leo had a distemper only followed by parvo only a few weeks later. I had to look forever to find a vet who used single valent vaccines as I won't ever do a multivalvent vaccine again after what I went through.


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I was rather scared when I ask the vet if the dose was specific to the size of the dog and he said no, the same vaccine is given to a 90 pound dog that is give to a 3 pound dog. That is crazy to me! I would be seriously out of my mind if something happened to Prince. On the other hand, I got him from a good breeder and he has hat the shot before. Seems she would have told me Prince had a bad reaction! Also, distemper....what is that really?? My two are the sweetest calmest this ever, is this because of a distemper shot or breeding?
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I think after this set I would do titers, they are most likely immune for life already if their breeder has done their vaccines every year. Usually after the puppy shots, they're good for life. No need to keep vaccinating.
I would recommend an annual checkup for their physical, blood work and then titers every 3-5 years.


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I think after this set I would do titers, they are most likely immune for life already if their breeder has done their vaccines every year. Usually after the puppy shots, they're good for life. No need to keep vaccinating.
I would recommend an annual checkup for their physical, blood work and then titers every 3-5 years.


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Very good information....I know there are issues with over vaccinating. What does a titer test entail? What does it cover?
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Check this page out, it's really great and answers everything! It's from author Jan Ramusen, she wrote this book I have called Scared Poopless, it's the best book on dog care I have ever read.
Let me know what you think!
http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2008/10/22/titer-test/


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Wow, make perfect sense to me. It's kind of like if you have a buzz, do you really need another drink Also, the cost is not prohibitive according to the article. Wonder how my vet would respond to me saying to no to vaccines and yes to titer testing. That might be a good test for my vet!
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