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Old 03-13-2010, 06:47 AM
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Just wondering, does anyone do their own shots?

I am planning on starting. I've had a small bit of training, and helped my breeder do her last round of shots just to see if I could handle it alright and it went just fine.

We have to have rabies done by the vet, still, but I would much rather not be paying $60 at the vet for a $5 vaccination!
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Oh no never done that, I'd be too scared.
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Yeah i would be too scared to do that myself too.
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I've given shots before and have had no problems. But then I don't believe in vaccinateing yearly. I give shots once every 3 years.
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I've given shots before and have had no problems. But then I don't believe in vaccinateing yearly. I give shots once every 3 years.
I agree about the annual shots... I don't do them either.
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can you do them yourself in the uk? don't think i would want to
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A couple things to keep in mind ....

Are you buying from a company that you feel confident in? Vaccines must be kept at a constant temperature. (refigerated). If you order from a mail order company and the ice pack is melted, will the vaccine be damaged? Was it mishandled during packing or shipping?

Do you know the difference between Modified Live vaccine versus Killed or Recombinant? Do you know which is preferred and why?

Do you realize that Lepto and Corona are no longer recommended and that the 5 way vaccine (that many companies continue to sell) can actually cause lasting vaccine damage?

Do you know what to do in case your dog has an allergic or anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine? Do you have epinephrine on hand in case his throat would suddenly swell shut or corticosteroids to decrease dangerous inflammation/swelling, especially in the face/neck?

Does your vet recognize owner given shots as valid? If not, then some vets won't treat a pet that hasn't been vaccinated and the vaccines will have to be given again by the vet.

Rabies must, by law, be given by a licensed veterinarian in most states. Do you know what your local ordinances are?

Are you aware of the risks of vaccine induced sarcomas? Do you know how to give a subcutaneous injection versus an intramuscular one? What if you inject into a blood vessel?

Yes, vaccines can be an expense. But you are not only paying for the vaccine from the vet, but you are buying the administration from a licensed professional who knows the risks/benefits, who has the back-up in the office for an emergency reaction, as well as paying for the initial exam and record keeping of your pet. Many vets frown upon lay people doing injections themselves and the line between practicing medicine without a license is a very thin one. Be sure you weigh the risks and benefits and KNOW what you are doing.
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A couple things to keep in mind ....

Are you buying from a company that you feel confident in? Vaccines must be kept at a constant temperature. (refigerated). If you order from a mail order company and the ice pack is melted, will the vaccine be damaged? Was it mishandled during packing or shipping?

Do you know the difference between Modified Live vaccine versus Killed or Recombinant? Do you know which is preferred and why?

Do you realize that Lepto and Corona are no longer recommended and that the 5 way vaccine (that many companies continue to sell) can actually cause lasting vaccine damage?

Do you know what to do in case your dog has an allergic or anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine? Do you have epinephrine on hand in case his throat would suddenly swell shut or corticosteroids to decrease dangerous inflammation/swelling, especially in the face/neck?

Does your vet recognize owner given shots as valid? If not, then some vets won't treat a pet that hasn't been vaccinated and the vaccines will have to be given again by the vet.

Rabies must, by law, be given by a licensed veterinarian in most states. Do you know what your local ordinances are?

Are you aware of the risks of vaccine induced sarcomas? Do you know how to give a subcutaneous injection versus an intramuscular one? What if you inject into a blood vessel?

Yes, vaccines can be an expense. But you are not only paying for the vaccine from the vet, but you are buying the administration from a licensed professional who knows the risks/benefits, who has the back-up in the office for an emergency reaction, as well as paying for the initial exam and record keeping of your pet. Many vets frown upon lay people doing injections themselves and the line between practicing medicine without a license is a very thin one. Be sure you weigh the risks and benefits and KNOW what you are doing.
All very good points =) I have looked into the local ordinances. They only require that rabies be given by the vet. I've talked to our vet, and he is perfectly fine with me giving the others, and we discussed what ones we think would be most effective. I've also talked quite a good deal to my breeder about it. In a few years I plan to start breeding, so I'd rather get used to giving shots now versus later. My vet gave me the info from their supplier and I can order individual vaccines or sets of 10.

I live in a small town where there are only a few vets, and the vet is just glad the dogs will be receiving the vaccines. Many here, don't, even though there are more dogs in our town than people!

I think many people do not realize that breeders do shots themselves. Most puppies have never seen a vet before they went home with you. And a breeder is NOT a vet. Even the best of breeders do their own shots...otherwise our pups would cost much, much more! That's why any good breeder requires contractually that we take our pups to the vet within 72 hours.

For me, giving my own shots makes sense. It's not just to save $, as that really isn't an issue, but I like the element of control I get.
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