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Old 11-06-2012, 04:19 AM
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Hello there furry friends, as you might know I'm a newbie to this site and I love it already !!! I find myself here more now than fb twitter etc lol

Well I call in today to different animal hospitals for prices and what procedures would be done. I think I Should've asked you guys opinion on what to ask the secretary such as what she needs or what vaccines & so on.Either way I call and they told me she needs lot of vaccines since she's never been to the vet one vet prices were $286 is this ok ? Or a lot? And what should I ask besides questions I have of my own like why she seems like she sneezes? Humps pillows lol thank you in advance I'll leave you with a pic of her napping Attachment 8341


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Old 11-06-2012, 05:01 AM
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Vets seem to be all over in price range. When we brought our 2 for their first check after we got them the total bill was $100 but they already had all their first shots from the breeder. Call around some more, to bad my vet is so far away! Lol
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:08 AM
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Yeah they are all quite pricey $$ but I will do more calls later I mostly call the ones with best review bcus they seem trust worthy and you're lucky she had her shots already, I told princess story earlier on the newbie corner and basically she was given to me by my ex brother a after he did not take care of her due to the fact that he worked from 6am to 10-11pm so she never went out unless he was off but only to do pee/poo so I took her but I have no knowledge of her breed exactly age and that's why is a bit more $$ but I really want to take her specially since it gets really cold in winter and I walk her daily she needs her shots!!


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I'm sorry, I must have missed that post. Good thing you have her now, and taking excellent care of her. She deserves to have a good mommy!
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:24 AM
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Thank you LBchi it means a lot to receive positive feedback from you and the rest since lot of people usually judged me for taking her in knowing I could not afford to take her to the vet right away but I love her and was afraid she would've been given to my ex brother in law friends who may not be the best suit for her since they are very macho man like ( signs of unloving dog) anyway here's the link to the thread if u would like to suggest anything for my guidance to taking care of princess since I'm a first time pet owner

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Old 11-06-2012, 05:31 AM
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Hunt around, I found vets who'll charge $45 for the immunisation & a consult fee, usually amounting to around $90 in total. If you know a vet nurse you may be able to buy the immunisations online & have her administer them.

Also, I believe any dog only ever needs 1 or 2 sets of shots depending on their age, don't let them talk you into 3 and then annual boosters that's an absolute crock.

Once a dog is immunised their body creates anti-bodies, it may not take with young pups because they're still covered by their mother's, hence the follow-ups. An older dog, imo, could get away with one set and then get a Titers/Titres Test done - costs about the same amount of $'s but it will tell you if your dog is immunised and providing there is SOME registration of anti-bodies present you do not need another set of shot. Most people get these done every 2 years to ensure all is well. Basically the train of thought there is that once immunised, always immunised - for things like parvo, distemper etc.

The same cannot be said for other immunisations which are only temporary, such as kennel cough & other ones you give over there. Kennel cough is a load of rubbish because it only fights against about 30 strains and there's 300 of them out there. It's merely like a cold for a dog (unless they get a secondary infection) and will generally get over it themselves. I refuse to have this done, and my holistic vet will only ever administer the nasal drop form of the drug, she refuses to inject, she's seen too many adverse reactions.

As to the sneezing, search youtube for "reverse sneezing" and see if that's what your baby is doing, it's very, very common in toy breeds and absolutely nothing to worry about. A firm stroking downwards on the throat or covering/blocking the nostrils for a couple of seconds usually stops it.

Basically, if you have no immunisation history on this dog (have you asked your ex brother-in-law) then I would get one set done for the standard parvo, distempter, hep etc and then go with a titers/titres a year later. You want to try to avoid putting as many chemicals, drugs & viruses into their little bodies as you can.
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Thank you LBchi it means a lot to receive positive feedback from you and the rest since lot of people usually judged me for taking her in knowing I could not afford to take her to the vet right away but I love her and was afraid she would've been given to my ex brother in law friends who may not be the best suit for her since they are very macho man like ( signs of unloving dog) anyway here's the link to the thread if u would like to suggest anything for my guidance to taking care of princess since I'm a first time pet owner

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Here on CP we don't judge anyone who had rescued a pup from a bad environment, ypu gave done a good thing.
In Minnesota I believe that distemper and rabies have to be done yearly. Unless you get the 3 year rabies shot. But after you get the 1st one you have to get the 2nd a year later which will be the 3 year. How old us princess? She might need to be fixed because of her humping.
Ask the vets that you call if they have payment plans, I know that there are low cost spay and neuter clinics around here too.
I don't remember all of the first shots, I do know mine get a distemper booster every year, a rabies every 3 and also every summer with the mosquito population here they need to be on heartguard.
It sounds like you are taking excellent care of her, ! I was always a cat person before I met my first chihuahua, then I got 2 if them.

Edited to correct some BAD spelling cuz my fingers are fatter than the keys in my phone!
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AussieLass that was very helpful ! Because yes In fact they told me she needed distemper,heartwarming,tabbies,kennel cough ,boarded vaccines done in the visit and she would get one type of shot that would require the following booster shot you mentioned. That's when I thought same I don't want princess to be overwhelm with so many vaccines since she does not have no record of ever never been at the vets because I asked my ex brother in law when he first got her if she wore vaccinated he said no after few months when he gave it to me I asked him again if she had visited the vets he said no and that the previous owner didn't take none of her dogs to the vet and they were all fine . I too her either way and I'm hoping we can make the trip soon as possible.

As for the sneezing I did check reverse sneezing and it has some symptoms like they mentioned but mostly doesn't, I take her on daily walks weekdays and weekends since she is energetic that is why I'm starting to think she might have the "kennel cough" because as I read it said she will probably be energetic still same appetite,normal behavior and due to the fact that I take her out everyday (we live in an apt that's why I want her to go out for space reasons) & might inhale/breath other dogs pee as well as the dogs that had been to the park,sidewalks could it be possible ?


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