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Do You Always Go to Your Vet for Vaccinations?

Even though North loves his vet – and I make sure to take him to necessary evaluations – he also spends time around other pups both at daycare or Pet Camp while I'm away. Several boarding facilities require Bordetella vaccinations performed every six months . . . which is more often than he needs to go in for a checkup. Now, North doesn't get that much QT with a vet, and many docs also charge an exam fee per visit (in addition to this shot). When my pooch needs his Bordetella updates, I often take him to a mobile service that will just administer it on a per-shot basis. Do you ever use services like this to get your pets vaccinated?

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seishi5 seishi5 8 years
we do bordatella and a few others at home. We buy the vaccination at the local feed store! it's incredibly cheap and includes the syringe. Makes you wonder about the vets charging so much!
runnergeek runnergeek 8 years
yeah i take max to the vet..he likes it there..and they take good care of him
eleigh eleigh 8 years
I take Dior and Sampson to the Vet only. Although I did take Dior to get Microchipped at the Humane Society b/c my Vet carried a different brand of chip than was already in Sampson...but my mother who lives in rural Virginia only ever took the dogs to mobile clinics for shots I don't think she ever spent more than $5.
Pets Pets 8 years
Yes, North gets his Bordetella vaccinations from the mobile shot clinic pictured above – it costs just $12 for that shot there. He definitely goes to the vet for his checkups, but I can't justify paying for a full vet visit twice a year, every year when this is the only shot that needs to be updated that frequently.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Yes, it's my sister and there is NO ONE else I would trust.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
So this is a really funny situation, I work for the company pictured above (it's my weekend job). I can tell you from my insider experience, not all vaccination clinics are created equal. I've heard many a story about how poorly some places are run. It's very important to do your research. Find out where the vaccines come from (manufacturer or third party), find out how reliable their record keeping is, find out what they do if your pet has a reaction to the vaccines. The company I work for is stellar. We've been in business for over 10 years (I've been working there for 8 of those years, put me through college! ) Everything is completely legit. We purchase our vaccines and products directly from the manufacturer. Excellent record keeping. We're very involved with the community, donating vaccines and helping with fundraisers. Mobile vaccination clinics provide a great alternative for basic preventive medicine, but do not replace your regular vet. You should always have a vet to perform the more involved care (physical exams, bloodwork, etc.), but there is no reason to pay an arm and a leg for a Bordetella vaccination! If anyone would like more information, I'd be happy to answer questions!
wren1 wren1 8 years
I've never seen one of these.
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 8 years
On the first Tues of each month the county animal shelter does low cost vaccinations. I go there and since we have to pass all the dogs that are waiting to be adopted, I always tell my Roxy that we're going to exchange her for a dog that sits and stays. I'm pretty sure she doesn't understand me, but it still gives me a little chuckle.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
I feel really lucky to have my vet! They just charge for the shot if that's all we have to go in for. Plus Skippy LOVES going to the vets, he gets so much attention from the ladies at the front desk, so I wouldn't want to deprive him of that!
amandalynnmc amandalynnmc 8 years
Charlie gets updated annually at a mobile clinic for less than $30. If we went to his vet's office, we'd easily spend over $100.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 8 years
Typically, the vet is nicer- just because of the whole "records" thing... but I have an uncle who can get them for me through farming purveyors and that is way cheaper!
thorswitch thorswitch 8 years
Luckily, our situation doesn't require us to send our dogs to a pet day care/day camp, so they only need their shots once a year. Because Tasha's so old, she goes to the vet a couple times a year as it is, and Xander has a habit of getting into things he shouldn't (generally when he's outside - we try to keep anything he shouldn't get into out of reach in the house,) so he gets to see the doc a couple times a year as well, so when it comes time for vaccines, if we can't afford to take them to the vet's office, we'll take them to PetSmart or PetCo. While I MUCH prefer to have the vet do it (and give them a general checkup at the same time,) if it's a choice between getting them the vaccines without a checkup or not getting them the vaccines at all, we'll get the vaccines without the checkup. Since it's likely they'll be seeing the vets again sometime in the next few months anyway, it generally works out ok.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I've never seen a mobile pet clinic, but my vet is literally less than a mile from my house and I've never paid more than $40 for a shot. It's easy easy easy!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I didn't even know about mobile pet clinics! I would love to do that, since my vet charges $65 visit fee. Hey that should be a poll, how much is you vet fee? I'm always curious, I never know if I'm overpaying because they're awesome or if I'm just overpaying haha. Our old vet (in our old city) didn't charge a office visit fee if you were getting shots, which was nice! I'll have to see if we have anything like that mobile thing out here!
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