I'm looking for a small breed dog vet. I called my vet and they said they have a doctor that works with small breeds. My mother took her Maltipoo for his shots at my vets. The medicine hit him so bad that he was not playfully and just wanted to sleep. He was also very sore and he didn't want to move. and when he did he moved very slow.This went on for about a month. We told the vet and he said that the dog probably needs an anti inflammatory shot whenever he gets his shots. To me it seems seemed the dog was given to much medicine for his size and given in a bad spot (chest). He weighs 8 lbs and they gave him the same medicine they would give a 100 lb dog. Does anyone know how to find a good small breed vet? I think they say they work with small breeds in order not to lose your business.
A question dog owners sometimes ask is whether toy and small-breed dogs need the same vaccine dosage as medium-, large- and giant-sized dogs to receive protection. "The answer is yes” Mansfield says. "When a vaccine is administered, you are introducing you are introducing an organism to a dog's immune system. The dosage should be same; it is not the same as giving an antibiotic or other medication."
When you give a dog a vaccine, you are not giving it a certain dosage per pound. You are giving it something that is supposed to jumpstart the dog's antigen production.. The vaccine amount must be above the threshold level for it to be effective, and contrary to what some people believe, this is *NOT* dependent on a dog's size. It is dependent on the dog's immune system. The amount given is enough to stimulate antigen production, or it's not.
My subject was changed from finding a good small breed vet to immunization shots. I want to know how to find a good small breed vet? What is the criteria? Whats questions should be asked when calling around looking for one?
I think the reason it changed is because said you said that you thought the shots rhe vet gave the dog was too high a doaage. When it comes to vaccines , a dog is a adog is a dog is a dog, . The size of the dog no has bearing on the dosageof the vaccine,
To my knowlege vets don't in"specialize" on one size of dog. A vet may have more smaller dogs as patients, but that doesn't mean they "specialize" in small breeds and won't take care of larger ones. . Vets may specialize in a certain "breed" of animal, such a birds or exotics or the vet may speclialize in certain disease, but I honestly have never heard heard of a vet specializing in the "size" of an animal.
***Edited By: harlee29 on 6/21/2005 1:56:44 PM*** Reason: *
I live in LA County in California. I've talked to dog breeders and vets in other areas and was told there are vet the study and work on the smaller breed dogs. Some even advertise it in the yellow pages. I'm just trying to find one in my area. I'm suppose to get a Maltipoo in November and I want to visit the vet before I decide which one to choose.
LA County is a very large area. If you're around Lancaster/Palmdale area I know of an excellent vet. I raise Yorkies and I have had nothing but good experiences with him, and believe me, I have made many trips to the vet.
How about when you call a vet ask them if they specialize in small breeds? If they are a good vet they should be willing to be honest with you. I live in Ohio and the vet I go to has mostly small breeds and younger dogs. He does handle larger dogs and older ones as well but he himself isn't that old so he isn't as familiar with older dogs problems. When we first started going to him we had an older dog and large dog and he was very up front with me that he wasn't used to dealing with an older dog but I feel he did just fine. Buddy was sick when we had to change vets cause our other one retired and my brother took his yorkie to the vet and I found him to be very capable. Now that we have Cody, Bichon/Westie mix we still go to this vet. Good Luck!