i do this myself but i have a friend that is a vet teck and helps me out on this. i hate neddles with a passion!!!!i keep all the reciets and log all the info down. if you want to get hight teck, video tape what you do also to show proof.to me it is cheaper say $5 for the shot and do it yourself compared to $45 or more with the vet. i do not recammend for you to do theis unless you have experence, if done wrong and an air bubble gets in your dogs veins it can kill your dog. if you don't know what you are doing just go to the vet it would be safer for your dog unless you know someone that does this and can help you out.please don't do this if you do not know what you are doing, please. hope it helps.
If you keep careful records of what dogs are vacccinated how much and when, it'd be pretty easy really. Legally, the only vaccine that is required by law is the Rabies vaccine and nothing else. And that one MUST be given at a clinic or a veterinary hospital, and always comes with a Vet signed certificate giving the rabies tag number.
HI, I have vaccinated my own dogs, of course the rabies has to be given by a vet. I usually remove the label from the vaccine bottles and stick it to a vaccination record. YOu can get vaccination records at most pet stores. The label on the vaccine(it usually peels of easily) has the lot number, expiration date and the type of vaccine that was given. Just be sure to keep accurate records and keep all receipts.
i don't like recommending people to give vaccines at home for a couple of reasons. one is the reason for taking your dog to the vet for vaccines is that they get a full physical exam at the same time which is important. sometimes the vet can detect a problem where it wouldn't be a good idea to vaccinate the dog at that time. also in very rare cases a dog can be sensitive to a vaccine. most sensitivities can be swollen faces, hives etc. in which your vet would need to give the dog something to stop the reaction. in even rarer cases the allergic reaction can lead to death if not treated immediately. also most of the vaccines are sold in quantities of 25 doses. the doses would all expire before you ever used them up. there are companies that sell single doses but i have never even heard of these companies and would be leary vaccinating my dog with a product from some company i had never heard of.
Something to consider....... One of the ways your vet gets to know you and your dog/s is when you take your dog in for its annual vaccinations and physical - Yes, the vet makes a decent profit on this, but when you have an emergency and call the vet in the middle of the night - he/she meets you at the clinic for an emergency surgery etc. They are already famaliar with your dog - and interrestingly, what they charge you is usually not that much over what it costs them. So yes, you can save some money by vaccinating yourself - but are you sure the vaccines were properly handled, and never got warm and are bad by the time you have them to give - or is it worth it to spend a little extra money to go ahead and have the vet do it? Its not that its necessarily bad to vaccinate your own animals - every situation is different, its just a thought.
That is a good point willow.My vet has met and vaccinated all of my guys before.So as far as that , it is no big deal.But not knowing if the vaccine was refrigerated and things like that do make sense.I am not really sure how I feel about this and would like to get alot of input on it.
I give my dogs shots. I buy single shots from the store near me. They are $3.75 each and include the needle. If I get a rescue dog or have a puppy I bring them to the vet for the 1st shot. I also peel the lable off the shot bottles and past it to the record book of each dog w/ the date given underneith it.
I order my vaccines online from Foster & Smith or KV Pet Supply. They are delivered overnight and arrive wrapped in an icepack. A friend, a vet tech, comes by and vaccinates my dogs. Cost to me is about $3.50 whereas the vet's cost is $12. Foster & Smith sells a little log where you can keep your information. I have a litter of rescued pups. They have been through their first 3 rounds of shots this way without a problem. These vaccinations are given under the skin. There is a vet that gives rabies shots at the local feed store on the first Tuesday of the month. I am hoping he will come to my house and vaccinate all that need their rabies. His cost at the feed store is $5.95. And I am hoping to overcome my fear of needles and learn to do this myself. Heartgard? I order it from petshed.com. It's half the price of getting it from the vet even after you add in shipping.
I give my own vaccines. I order from Foster & Smith, they do come in icepack. It is easy to do. I have too many puppies arround here to take to vet each time they need a vaccine. I take all puppies in at 3 or 4 days old to have dew claws removed, and checked over, I give them their puppy shots...then their new family follows up with vet care.