Working in a vet clinic you sometimes meet the clients who "do it all" to a T, do it all plus some, or the ones who do...well the minimum. I can find it hard at times to talk people into procedures and tests sometimes and am wondering everyone's take on it. So I'll start.....
Do you Vaccinate yearly (DHLPP & Rabies)?
I do the 3yr rabies and DHLPP every other year after the dogs are 2yrs old
Yearly Heartworm test?
No, only because working at the clinic I get free prevention, mostly 1 year at a time, because of this it's hard to keep proof that I have the product whereas if I paid for it, it would be in the chart. Since there is no "legal" proof that I have the product the company would not cover treatment costs.... so basically I skip that yearly step.
Regular dental cleaning?
Max will get his first dental this year (next week actually) he's 6yrs old and finally needs one. Oliver and Sonnie need one, but in due time.... so I guess yes I do do regular denatl care when needed.
Do you buy heartworm prevention ad flea prevetion from your vet or petmeds?
Get em from the vet
Yearly fecal? I don't just because the boys are on sentinel and because they get diarrhea enough throughout the year lol that we do at least 3 fecals on them as it is :P
If you don't do yearly heartworms, or fecals why? And what could your vet or technician say to you to get you to do it?
I had my dog vaccinated against DHPP and Rabies last year; she's 2 years old. I will not vaccinate her for another 3 years. There's no need. Same with my cats. Actually, since I rescued my cat, he was accidentally vaccinated twice last year. I guess if your dog is exposed to a lot of other dogs, maybe the need for vaccination is higher, I don't know. I would rather spend my money on healthy food than shots anyway.
Dental care I brush my dog's teeth every day so hopefully,that will at least, postpone the need for a dental. If they didn't require anesthesia, a dental would be done regularly but I don't want to put her at risk unnecessarily. She gets a raw meaty bone every weekand eats raw as well. My cats' teeth get brushed, not as regularly but I put an oral rinse intheir water.
Fecals I just had to have a fecal done on my cat and he had roundworm. So I had to deworm everyone. So I do think a yearly fecal is a good thing. It doesn't harm them.
Heartworm No heartworm stuff this year. I will be getting a wellness screen for my dog. Ihave had bloodwork done on the adult cat already.
I work at an animal hospital too but I have to wait until I've been there for 6 months before I get any discounts. WHICH SUCKS.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
Well, lets see...I just took Max and the 3 cats Elmo, Sparkles, and Miley for their checkups and immunizations...to the tune of $550. I have the cats immunized and the Program injection for fleas etc, Miley goes outside so she gets the Feline Leukemia vaccine as well. I also use topical flea medicine from the vet...(mainly because we had flea touble last year inside and don't want to go through that again...) Max, he had heartworm test, rabies and his immunizations. I have him on the heartworm and flea oral meds as well as topical. We haven't had a yearly stool test done on him. Is it really necessary? I was wondering about his teeth...What is the typical cleaning schedule for them. He is a one year old lab. (so he is a good chewer) I usually purchase all my meds from the vet. I think that covers it...Please let me know if I should be doing something different.