|Barked: Sun Feb 20, '11 4:44pm PST |
|Thank you Leah! Yes, I know vaccines are a hot button and I was running the risk of this thread turning into a brawl, but I was a little concerned about how many vaccines they wanted to give him. I am neither anti nor pro vaccine, but just as I believe everything a doctor tells me is 100% right, I do not think that everything a vet tells me is the end-all, be-all. Parvo was reported as an issue from early 2008 to late 2009. No one was vaccinating their puppies for it and outbreaks weren't uncommon. We don't go to dog parks, he will never be boarded and no one walks their dogs in my area (makes me mad, oh yes it does...) even though there is at least one dog in half the homes on my street. We do go to Petsmart about twice a month and he will eventually be doing therapy dog visits.
I feel a little better hearing that this is not uncommon for parvo and I definitely don't want to run the risk, but I also don't want to give him more than he needs... I mean, I don't mind the flu shot and I don't think it'll do me any harm every time I get it, but I don't need it 3 times a year, ya know? And I hate to be the penny pinching dog owner, but it is not only concern for over-vaccinating... it is also a monetary issue. We aren't barely making it, but we do need to be mindful of costs, especially potentially expensive costs like vet visits. All of his annual shots add up to about two bags of food in cost, and that doesn't include the fecal and the office visit charge, so if one shot is not needed, all the better.
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