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September 3rd, 2010, 11:38 AM
mommytutu's Avatar mom to Emma & Jacqueline
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For those of you who have pets, do you vaccinate them? If so, what do you give them and why? What vaccines are "required" by law?

We are adopting a 9 week old chihuahua tomorrow and it just occurred to me (duh!) that I need to make a decision about vaccinating him.
Kayttie, in love with Shane, mom to Emma Brynn and Jacqueline Noel

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September 3rd, 2010, 07:58 PM
KtKuKi's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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After I decided not to vax Maddie, I realized maybe I should reevaluate our pets. We will only be doing rabies from now on.

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September 4th, 2010, 07:19 AM
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I was 18 when we got our dog, I think she was given whatever vaccines (it was so long ago I don't even know which ones they are) when she was a tiny puppy. She has had none since and won't be getting any.
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September 4th, 2010, 12:52 PM
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I vaccinate my dog..parvo is REALLY bad around here.. theres no way that I wouldn't get my dogs its shots. All the diseases they protects against are deadly and I wouldn't want my animals to catch them.
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September 4th, 2010, 07:12 PM
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In my state, only rabies vaccine is required. I've been giving our dogs the rabies vaccine that is good for 3 years, rather than the annual shot. Since we started rethinking vaccines for ourselves, I had to reconsider them for our pets, too. The vet has been OK with this and drew blood for titers to some of the vaccines, since I had to have proof of immunity in order to board the dogs. The dogs have not had distemper, parvo, lepto, etc. for over 2 years now and still have sufficient antibodies from the vaccines. Based on the risks in our area, we opted out of the other vaccines.

Thanks Julie_aka_Mommy!

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September 5th, 2010, 12:07 AM
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Our cats get rabies, feline lukemia and distemper. We have a lot of stray cats, possums, raccoons, and other things that can carry the diseases around our house. Our cats are indoor cats but they get out sometimes so I want them to be protected against those things.
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September 25th, 2010, 01:17 PM
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IMO it depends on where you live. When we moved to TN I gave them Rabies and Distemper cause we lived out in the boonies. Now that we are back in Seattle, I haven't given them anything and probably won't anytime soon. I treat my horses the same way, the only vaccine they get regularly is Tetanus.
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September 29th, 2010, 11:35 AM
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No shots here for out kitty- he's an indoor cat and never gets out..

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