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Vaccines

Hi everyone-

Molly is going for her annual check-up on Saturday (although I laugh at the annual part because she's been so many times since that initial visit). Anyway, it is time for vaccines, heart worm, blood, etc.  I have been giving this a lot of thought and feel like I want to split up the vaccines. She is due for rabies and DHPP.  She had the bordetella nasal vaccine about a week ago. Right after the first rabies shot, she did get mange. I don't want to stress her immune system because she did have a rough few months as a young puppy so I don't want to" rock the boat" now that she seems to finally be in a better place (except hives that come and go all summer).  In your opinions, would you recommend spacing the 2 vaccines apart? 

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Deb and MacKenzie and Ester's picture

Annual Shots

is your vet doing annual shots?  Mine is doing them every 3 years? 

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I think so.

This is Molly's 1 year follow up from the initial puppy vaccines.  I wasn't sure if the 1 year were necessary and then it went to every 3.  Guess I can just see what happens Saturday but I think I may space them out anyway to be safe. 

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Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

Yes, it goes to three years after the first year rabies shot...

I don't see any reason why you can't split them up.  Hopefully, your vet won't charge you for an office visit each time.  We have a vet's office within walking distance of our house even though we go to a vet a half hour away.  They have vaccine clinics once a month and we have them done there and give our regular vet the records.  

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Office Visit Charge

Good though Kathy.  I bet if he has them split up the vet might charge another office visit fee.  But at a year her immune system should be strong enough to have them together.   The rabies at 16 weeks with all the life changes IMO is what compromises them when they are young.  I've neber worried about the shots at a year.  Then they go every 3 years.  I stop shots all together around 7 or 8, except rabies because it's the law. 

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Thanks!

And my vets know me a little too well now, so usually when I go in for something routine like just a vaccine they just charge me for the actual shot itself and not a visit, especially becaue they're done by the vet techs.  Thanks! 

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