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September 19th, 2011, 06:15 PM
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i need to get my puppy neutered. does he have to be vaccinated in order for a veterinarian clinic to neuter him? hes had one set of puppy shots at 8 weeks and nothing since [hes just about 6 months]. if clinics do require vaccines, how/where else could i get him neutered?

i cant not neuter him.. my husband and i are taking on the caretaker role at my club and he is going to have to get "fixed" in order to fit the contract [we will be living on club grounds]. and theres no way i can give him up to a no-neuter family at this point.

thanks in advance!
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September 22nd, 2011, 01:52 AM
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When we got my dog spayed we went to a spay/neuter only clinic and they didn't ask to see her vax record. I'm unsure about vets. Do you have any clinics like that? Or even a local shelter? I would call and ask what they require before worrying about it. Good luck!
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October 18th, 2011, 02:19 PM
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I work at a vet clinic and we don't require a pet to be up to date on vaccinations to be eligible to be fixed. However, they will question when their last shots were done and suggest that you bring them in at a later date to get them updated (argh, I know).

Neutering is the responsible thing to do and you shouldn't have to feel like you can't because of your vaccine concerns. Whatever clinic you take him to, find out first about the vaccine protocol. ALSO, a clinic SHOULD NOT vaccinate your pet at the time they neuter him! The reasoning is that there the body has sustained enough with the surgery, as well as they will be prescribing pain meds. To be sure what the culprit is if a reaction does occur, they don't want too many things in the system. So if a clinic suggests they can vaccinate while your dog is there already for the surgery- find another clinic.

With this in mind, hopefully you can find a clinic that udnerstands all of this and won't be poking your dog while he's under. Then just tell them that 'sure, I'll bring him in a few weeks to get updated" then just don't go! The lecture if you try to say no to vaccines isn't worth is for how often you see your vet, just my 2cents.

You can also search and see if there are any holistic vets in your area. I know there is one in my city, they'll understand! Good luck! Hold your ground!
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