Misskiwi67 wrote:Msvette... Lepto is HUGE in this area... one of the highest levels in the nation... do you skip the lepto completely or just skip it with the fosters?
Corona is only important to puppies too young to vaccinate or in females who will produce puppies (only way to get antibodies to puppies) so its essentially worthless. Its hard to find vaccines without it though.
My local feed store doesn't even have a thermometer in the refrigerator. The do not know the temperature in the fridge and they do not care.
Not all vaccines are created equal. There are over 150 vaccines to choose from with 20 some things to vaccinate against. Does your local feed store carry modified live vaccines, genetically engineered vaccine, or just the cheapest killed vaccines?
The ones that I have bought are Modified Live Virus. I also only buy Fort Dodge vaccs as that is what my vet uses. I've order offline from KVVet before but it is easier and moire conveinient to run to the store and buy them. I only buy them from one feed store where I know the owner and the precautions that are taken with vaccines there. They also carry horse vaccs and other livestock vaccs as well. I figure that someone vaccinating from the feedstore is better than no vaccinations at all which is why
I recommend people do it that way.
I'd rather see someone buy a feedstore vacc. and use it than say they take their dogs in for yearlys at the vet when they don't/can't afford it, just to look better to people. I meet many uneducated owners and while trying to educate them, you can only give so much advice before you sound rude and snooty. I've found that Vaccines are a huge dispute for some people and educating them on their individual level works better than spouting jargon that they don't understand.
I know that I'm in Tri-Cities,WA and my vet recommends vaccinating against Lepto. He says that it is very high here in WA. Better to be safe than sorry when traveling for competitions.
misskiwi- Would you recommend continuing HartGard here or is it unnecessary?? I used it while in NM, but never here in WA. I have 3 months left and wanted to know if I should get more.