Well... I've been thinking of doing my own vaccinations. My dogs are healthy, the only reason they goto the vet really is for vaccinations. Then once or twice when they were on "high quality food" and got horrible yeast infections in their ears.
So any pros and cons? I was thinking of just buying them from Drs Foster and Smith and just doing my own.
Hi We do give our pups and adults shots when needed,we give yearly boosters and all puppy shots, No problems. I also buy from Drs. Foster & Smith, if you buy from them have them overnighted to you as they need to stay cold.
You kind of want to pinch the skin and pull up. That will make kind of a pocket then put the needle in the middle. So the fluid goes in under the skin, but not in a muscle.
Then you want to massage it some to make sure there are no bumps.
Good luck. You might want to have the vet give the next vacination and watch how they do it. Then do your own later.
If you take them in for their heartworm test or rabies shot then you could just ask your vet for the vacination to give at home. Some will and then some might not. I know that is what I do sometimes. I will have the vet give the rabies and then I just take the DHLPP-C home and give it myself. It is cheaper that way.
I have been purchasing my own vaccines (except rabies, which is illegal to do yourself in MI) for the last 9 years or more. Never a problem or ill effect. They must be working too, because I have never had an 'outbreak' of anything I vaccinate for like distemper or parvo and several of my dogs are well traveled and it was a little of a concern.
I also do lepto, bordatella, and I was thinking of starting lyme and gardia this year just in case.
If your comfortable with the idea and purchase from a 'reputable source'--as in not feed stores that may not have kept them cooled properly, I think there is little harm in doing your own vaccines.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
I also buy my own shots from drs foster and smith! It's so much cheaper with my number of dogs. and I don't have to load everybody up at once to take them in. Did that once......What a mistake!!! Seemed like everybody pooped in their carriers on the way, and each one needed cleaning when we got there.
are vaccines now sold in individual doses ? years ago they were only sold in trays of 25 or so doses, which made it quite expensive and a waste for someone with only a couple of dogs to do it themselves. the unused vaccines would well expire before they were due again. if they are sold individually now, it would be much more economical.
there are several risks to doing your own vaccines. for one, your dog could have a reaction to the vaccine. some reactions are mild and only involve hives, some are more serious, anaphylactic shock, and could lead to instant death of your pet.
vaccine manufacturers stand behind their vaccines, and usually pay for treatment of your pet if they have a reaction, but only if the vaccine is given by a licensed vet. also, just because they havent had a reaction in the past, does not necessarily mean they won't have one in the future. especially if you use a different vaccine then what has been used by your vet. not all vaccines are made exactly the same so if switching to a different companies vaccines, there is the possibility that they could react to the vaccine.
there are certain vaccines, like the lepto vaccine, that in itself can cause more harm then good by giving it. lyme vaccine also.
pwesonally i have no problems with people giving their own vaccines. i dont vaccinate my animals anymore because i dont feel it is needed and even the AVMA has changed their guidelines to every 3 years now. the main problem i see with those who give their own, these people think they can skip the yearly vet exam, because their pets look healthy to them. vaccine appointments are sometimes the only way we can get someone into the office for their pets yearly exam.
so if anyone decides to do their own, dont skimp on the yearly exam. trust me, things are not always as good as they look from the outside.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Yes I give my own shots and also wormings and heartworm preventative. Saves money, time,gas to get to the vet. Con? sone vets don't like clients who do their own vacs, I guess it takes money out of their pockets.....Oh and kind of on the technique, you make a "tent" with the neck skin and inject it into the hollow space. Any nurse or paramedic would be able to show you how to do a sub Q (subcutaneous) injection.