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Old 06-17-2015, 02:03 AM
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Had to take Midgie to this wonderful vet that I've found after many years of searching for a yeast skin infection. She's all better but still on meds and medicated shampoos. Vet talked me into put her on flea meds as Midgie's very allergic to flea saliva. She's taken Comfortis before with no problems, so I agreed and the vet assured me it's totally natural. I got a 6 month supply, but plan to give it every other month instead of every month as we don't have problems with fleas. Anyway, she was strongly recommending I get booster vaccinations and rabies and said "IT iS the LAw!! I told her I didn't care that it was the law and didn't agree with annual vaccinations. Midgie has severe allergy problems and I don't want any more issues or even death. I've been considering the Rabies only because she is around other family pets and we're fixing to go camping to another state where the campground requires proof of rabies vac., but never asks for it. I called the vet today to ask how the dose was given. Is it given for the weight of the dog or is it a standard dose. They told me it was a standard dose. I said, let me get this straight--the same dose you would give a Great Dane is the same dose you give a 10 pound Chi? She said yes which sealed my decision as to why I would rather take my chances by not vaccinating. Something really needs to be done about these vets. I really like this vet, but she burst my bubble when she started pushing annual vaccinations, especially when she knows Midgie's history and problems. Just wanted all you to know about the dosage of the Rabies vaccs. Not sure if this is the way they dose everywhere or not, but may be a question you bring up with your vet next time they're due for their rabies shot.
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Old 06-17-2015, 03:59 AM
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It is the same with the 'yearly' vaccines. Now they make a 3 yr distemper, parvo etc vaccine, which is the SAME as the one year---just labeled differently. Rabies is requirred by law in all states I believe. 3 year same thing as one year. I have heard that some vets will give a half vaccine, and fill out the paper with the full dose. Rare, but I have heard of it!
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Old 06-17-2015, 10:31 AM
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Yea, I might consider half a shot even though chis are not half the size of a Great Dane. My vet didn't even offer titer test and I forgot to ask. I'll ask next time I call. i just read this article that said many of the annual vaccines are good for 3-5 years and some longer.
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My understanding is that some vets (Banfield/Petsmart, for one) give a standard dose, but others adjust for size. One of the vets we use has a sign on the wall stating they believe in vaccines tailored to each dog. He reassured me that the doses given to Mickey and Piper were NOT the same as those given to a German Shepherd. Are there others vets in the area you could check with?
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I agree with what you are saying and it is really kind of you to care so much for your chi I personally would think it is your decision as an owner and I highly doubt midge has a disease. BUT I am a big believer in vaccinations and pain relief having a bunch of nurses and doctors in my family to know it is really beneficial and 99% of the time does not cause any damage. I do believe that the weight of a dog should be a major consideration!
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I haven't vaccinated any of my dogs in years and years. I stopped vaccinating in 2006. I have always been anti-vax when it comes to humans. My own kids are not vaccinated and never have been. They are a healthy 12 and 15 years old now. Never had an ear infection, never had the flu, are rarely sick - years go by between illnesses for them. I am a firm believer that vaccines actually weaken the immune system. Not to mention the crap that is in vaccines. I could go on and on......

So, in short, I wouldn't vax either. My vet supports my choices.
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I haven't vaccinated any of my dogs in years and years. I stopped vaccinating in 2006. I have always been anti-vax when it comes to humans. My own kids are not vaccinated and never have been. They are a healthy 12 and 15 years old now. Never had an ear infection, never had the flu, are rarely sick - years go by between illnesses for them. I am a firm believer that vaccines actually weaken the immune system. Not to mention the crap that is in vaccines. I could go on and on......



So, in short, I wouldn't vax either. My vet supports my choices.

I agree with you totally! Not to mention how many people are unaware of the amount of YEARS their dog still has immunity for vaccines it received as a pup. Some vaccines only need to be administered every few yrs, yet people fall into the trap of taking their dogs to the vet every yr. not realizing how much they are over vaccinating. My crew is due for rabies. They will not get this vaccine again for 3-4 yrs.
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I haven't vaccinated any of my dogs in years and years. I stopped vaccinating in 2006. I have always been anti-vax when it comes to humans. My own kids are not vaccinated and never have been. They are a healthy 12 and 15 years old now. Never had an ear infection, never had the flu, are rarely sick - years go by between illnesses for them. I am a firm believer that vaccines actually weaken the immune system. Not to mention the crap that is in vaccines. I could go on and on......



So, in short, I wouldn't vax either. My vet supports my choices.

I agree with you totally! Not to mention how many people are unaware of the amount of YEARS their dog still has immunity for vaccines it received as a pup. Some vaccines only need to be administered every few yrs, yet people fall into the trap of taking their dogs to the vet every yr. not realizing how much they are over vaccinating. My crew is due for rabies. They will not get this vaccine again for 3-4 yrs.
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