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    Default Pet Vax

    Hi all,
    I thought maybe I could offer some insight in pet vax. I have a
    vet tech degree and have managed vet hospitals and I show and breed
    and train Basset Hounds. I also teach classes for dogs of all breeds
    and show othere breeds beside Basset Hounds. Now that that is out of
    the way let me help with your questions. Puppies need to have a
    series of 4 shots, the reason for this is to build up their
    antibodies so they can fight off anything that might hurt them.
    However, these only last 1 year and need to be re-vaccinated to keep
    their immunity up to par. Rabies vary from state to state, here in
    Utah our rabies vax is good for 3 years. Rabies must be given my a
    licenced vet, however, your DHPP you can do yourself, most stores
    like Cal-Ranch. Steve Reagan and the such sell the vax for really
    cheap. However, if your dog bites someone you don't have the "proof"
    a animal control officer would want to show that a "vet" gave the
    DHPP shot. The shots from a vet are about $30.00 and if you give
    them yourself they are less than $5.00. There is another one you can
    only get from the vet and that is Bordetella. That is a vax that
    protects your dog from getting canine pneumonia. If you have your
    dog groomed it is highly reccomened that they have this to protect
    them from what other dogs might have at the groomers. It is VERY
    contagious and can kill your dog. Parvo is another one that is VERY
    DEADLY. This is an airborne virus and can be picked up and brought
    home from the park or even the grocery store. The virus can live for

    TWO years and then infect a dog. The dog will be dehydrated and have
    diarrhea and will be vomitting constantly. This however is part of
    the DHPP vax, and you can vaccinated yourself. While I agree that if
    you have indoor cats and they aren't exposed to anything by being
    outside, we all go outside and bring things home to them. Right off
    hand I can't think of the name of the cat vax, but you can do it
    yourself as well. If anyone has any questions, PLEAS feel free to
    ask me, I will do my best to help in anyway that I can.
    Marcia & Allen & the Sassy Bassets
    Utah's finest Basset HOunds
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    My spoiled rotten Chocolate Point, Aurora P. Pussy Cat, is up to date on her shots. She is an only kitty who earns her keep by keeping my house mouse free. I intensely dislike mice.

    I treat her once a month with Revolution for heart worms & fleas.

    I found my precious kitty on the Petfinder list in September 2006. The shelter chose me to be her owner because they thought that I'd spoil Aurora to the max.

    Aurora makes me laugh because she is so adorable and playful.

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    Default Beware of do-it yourself pet vaccinations!

    I really enjoyed your article and everything was very well explained and true. I myself am a vet tech and I have always reccomended doing the feed store vaccinations to friends and family because I myself would not be able to have animals without working at a vet because of the cost. Recently I had something very disturbing happen to my neighbor she had a year old schnauzer that was fully vaccinated as a puppy with all the appropriate vaccinations both from the breeder, and the owner from feed stores vaccines and rabies from a vet. She is a very meticulus owner whos animals never leave the house or backyard except to come to the vet. At a year old her dog contacted parvo and inspite of a weeks hospital stay of aggressive therapy she was not able to pull through. Anyone thinking of vaccinating your puppies with feed store to save money remember that alot of vaccine manufacturers do not sell to anyone but vets- and even if they do feed store employes and pet owners do not understand that vaccines are very tempermental if it is not kept at very cool temperature up until given it can make the vaccine useless. This could happen durring shipping, or being unpacked, or after the owner buys them from the store. I would not reccomend using feed store vaccines for puppy bosters if your dog is 2 years old and you want to i would think it would be ok but as you stated the puppy vaccines are the foundation to the rest of your animals life and its worth spending the money for a vet to give them instead of spending what my neighbor did (over $2,000) to try and save her baby. I guarentee she would have gone back and vaccinated with a vet.

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    I take Aurora to my vet's office for her shots. She has her own vet who is very special. Not only is Bob nationally known in animal circles, but he's also a really nice guy. He carries my precious kitty out to my car for me because 1)he adores Aurora and 2) I have 5 screws & a metal plate in my left ankle.

    I promised the head vet that I wouldn't have another dog again. I am not physically able to walk and exercise a dog.

    Aurora is an only kitty because I do better with just one pet at a time. She is so much company for me.
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