A friend just asked me this and I honestly don't know because my cats are indoor kitties and they still get all the vaccine boosters and an exam yearly because they are my babies. Her cats are outdoor cats and she just gives them the bare minimum as far as annual care. She would take them in if they were sick because she's not totally irresponsible. But she just went in to get an annual rabies booster for both and the vet tech refused to do it without her making an appointment for a full exam. And then just said the doctor was busy when my friend asked for him. She's trying to get by with just the the legally required rabies shot. Does this seem normal that they would refuse to give the vaccine without an exam? You would think they would be glad she's doing at least that much. Maybe they would advise that she SHOULD do more, but still do the shot. And on top of it the girl told her it was time for her dog to come in too instead of noticing on the file that the dog was PTS last May. How insensitive!
In my area, the SPCA and a few of the pet stores often offer rabies clinics, where people can take their pets for low cost shots (They will usually have rabies and distemper-sometimes other shots, as well.) Maybe she could check into this?
Thanks! I thought of that idea later and I printed out the vaccination clinic schedule from the CT Humane Society and dropped it off on her desk. Have you noticed a pattern in my questions for friends? ALL of them ask me stuff because I am the crazy cat lady but NONE of them take their pets lives as seriously as I do so how can I possibly know the right answer? Recently I actually refused a foot xray for myself because I didn't want to pay for it and the insurance wasn't going to cover it. But when it comes to my babies, I just hand the vet my credit card.
Must be a special quirk of that vet tech. I agree that he should have advised her and given the shot anyway. It's not up to him to govern how she cares for her pets, regardless of how much he disagrees with it. I would complain to the doctor, emphasising on the tech's insensitivity and "mightier than thou" additude.
There are rabies shot clinics in my area as well. They even hold an annual clinic at the high school giving free rabies shots and other vaccines at cost. I think most areas have at least something along that line.
I like most cats better than I like most people. I'll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter.