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Giving your own shots

I recently went from 2 hounds to 4 hounds. And as many of you know it can get real expensive going to the vet for shots. I get the Bill Boatman catalog and in the back you can purchase vaccinations for alot less than the vet.
I know some of the beaglers on here have large packs,and wondered if you give your own shots. The only vacc. he don't sell is the lyme's. So I'd still need to go to vet.
Unless there's some other supplier someone might know of.
Just wanted to hear some thoughts about this, if its easy and so on, I know it would sure be a savings.
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Re: Giving your own shots

I do all my own, way cheaper and very easy to do. I get mine at Lion Country Supply, although you can get them at most Tractor Supply stores and a million places online. I do have the rabies done at the Vet or a local Clinic if the timing is right.

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Re: Giving your own shots

Same here, I give all my own shots except rabies.

I believe Boatman went out of business. Just buy the shots from tractor supply, and make sure you keep them cold. If you buy them in the summer take a cooler and a ice pack with you when you go to buy the shots.

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Boatman did go out of business. Tractor Supply or Lion County (prices are very close). I'd go local with Tractor Supply. I'd ordered vaccines from Lion Country in the past and they ship them "on ice" which is code for sticking them in a 20oz soda (or pop if your in western PA) (usually Mountain Dew or Pepsi) with ice and wrapping it up with an 1/8" layer of packing tape. The first round I got was in room temperature water which is okay for the first 24 hours, but to me that method is just kind of gross.

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Re: Giving your own shots

I get mine from Tractor Supply also. They are refrigerated at the store so I go right home and give the dog the shot. either 5 or 6 way whatever I get.
I know it is a state law that you cannot give your dog a rabies shot. Not everyone could be relied on to do it but I am wondering about this vet sponsered law.
The puppies have to be vaccinated at 3 months and then again at 1 year. I have been taking my dogs to the clinics that are usually sponsered by our local fire company. Last year was the last if they contiue to use a certain vet. Now remember the vets got this law passed. I have an adult German Shorthair and have had her at this clinic two years in a row. Each time the vet was not there. His office staff came and gave the shot. So much for the law saying it has to be a vet. This past fall I took the dog again and got the rabies shot. Now this dog is 5 years old and it is the second time I got the shot in two years. When the office assistant made out the white rabies paper it said it was another one year shot. I questioned it and she said that the vet was not there to take the dogs temperature so it had to be a 1 year shot. This is just bull.
Also you take your dog and get the rabies shot. Then it may come in contact with a dead animal. You are supposed to take it and get another rabies shot. Why? Does coming in contact remove all the immunity from my dog? No it gives the vet the chance to sell you another shot.
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Re: Giving your own shots

I give all my own shots,except rabies, I have bought them from Nite lite, LCS, etc......way easier and cheaper than taking hounds in the vets office

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Tractor supply also sells the Lyme shots, If you have the rabies CERTIFICATE (not the tag) and you present it at the time you get the shot, then it is good for 3 years. According to 3 different vets that I talked to, there is no difference between a 3 year and a one year shot. Only the paper work. After the 1st rabies shot, a booster is required by law one year later. After that every 3 years, but you need the certificate to prove the dog was vaccinated at all previously.
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Re: Giving your own shots

I was not aware of Boatman going out of business. Guess thats why I didn't get the new catalog for winter.
I wasn't thinking of TSC. Yeah that sounds like a good spot to get them.
As far as giving the shot how far do you put needle in?
Figures the vet has to do rabies, so you can't be vet free. Thanks guys for replies.
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Re: Giving your own shots

You will need to draw the liquid into the syringe, squirt it into the bottle of powder and shake it up. Make sure it is all dissolved. Then draw the liquid back into the syringe and make sure there is no air bubbles in the syringe.

Pinch the skin between the dogs shoulder blades, insert needle and draw back a little. You don't want blood to come into the syringe, if it does you have hit a vein or artery and you need to pick a different spot. Once you draw back on the syringe a little and made sure there is no blood, you can then inject the shot.

This is for Subcutaneous shots, like a 5 way or 7 way. That's how I do it anyway.

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Thanks John for details, I wasn't sure if it mattered where you gave it. My vet always seems to stick them in the hinds on top.
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