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Necessity of yearly dog "wellness" visits?

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    Necessity of yearly dog "wellness" visits?

    I've read some vets are perfectly willing to give animals more vaccinations than necessary, for sake of the all mighty dollar. But perhaps these accounts are hysteria?



    I've got a vet who likes to give yearly vaccinations for rabies and distemper. There's more to these visits, such as checking stool. But are these yearly vaccinations necessary?

    Please advise!

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    After the initial puppy shots, my dog gets a 3 year rabies shot and tag. I wouldn't go to a vet who gave annuals only. I do go in once a year voluntarily for an overall check up and heartworm test, he gets the heartworm pills for only 6 months, so his blood is checked yearly. Of course if he's sickly at all, for any reason, I take him in to get checked out, so far he's a very healthy dog.

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    I agree with alpha, I give only the core shots, and one booster and only one shot at a time. They don't need yearly boosters or yearly shots of any kind. The rabies is a three year shot, that is the most powerful shot so if there is going to be a reaction its usually that one. Don't let them talk you into shots you don't need. Its not good for the dog and taxes the immune system for nothing
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    I wanted to get some tick & flea medicine for my three dogs, but the vet balked at giving me a dose (BRAVECTO) for one dog, because he had not been in for his "yearly wellness visit." This is when the vet applies vaccinations for rabies, distemper, heart worms, and throws in a fecal test. Maybe there is a blood test, too?

    Yearly rabies vaccination? I've suspected this particular vet likes to wring families for all they can. I think it time to change veterinarian.

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    they do not need yearly vaccinations. go to "only natural pet" get a flea & tick disk, its a small disk that goes on the collar and runs on a battery, it will not kill fleas and ticks already on the dog but will keep others from getting on him. You can get heartworm meds or generic meds (which I've used for years with never any problem) from "pet shed". Much cheaper and you don't need a prescription for it.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    Quote Originally Posted by linda2147 View Post
    get a flea & tick disk, its a small disk that goes on the collar and runs on a battery
    So this is not the piece of metal that harnesses "bio energy" to repel parasites?

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    My dog's vet kept giving my dog yearly shots without ever mentioning that a 3 year rabies shot is available. It wasn't until we asked about it that the vet gave the 3 year shot which is the same shot my pooch was getting all along. The vet said for it to be effective as a 3 year shot the dog has to get it before the anniversary of the last vaccination.

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