Where to order online Vaccines?

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  1. hatwoman22

    hatwoman22 Well-Known Member

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    What vaccines to order, and where to order them from?
    My vet is expensive so he'll see them for rabies only, if I can help it. He wont see the cats at all theres just way to many.

    Also can I use advatage in the same way I use the frontline? Dealing it out from the big dog tube, to all cats and dogs, are the doses the same?

    Any sites you guys would recomend, whose the cheapest for what, and just what exactly I need to get would be much appreciated. I've given all vaccines before, but they've recently stopped selling them in the feed store, not enough demand.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. GoldenMom

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    There's lots of places to purchase vaccines on-line. KV, Jeffers, Omaha come to mind first. Make sure to spend the extra money and get insulated shipping containers and keep the vaccines in the fridge until you are ready to use them.

    For dogs the "basic" vaccines needed are Distemper (D), Hepatitis/Adenovirus (H or A2), and Parvo (P). Most vaccines are a combo of the above three and Parainfluenza (P) +/- Corona and Lepto (L). In some parts of the country Lepto is a big concern and should be vaccinated for. The drawbacks to the lepto vaccine is that it is the most common vaccine to cause reactions and the lepto vaccines DO NOT cross-protect for the other leptos (there are several). If a dog goes to the groomer or boards, many of these places also require Bordetella. Having said that, most of these places will refuse to recognize owner administered shots.

    Giving your own vaccines sounds good in theory, but vaccines ARE NOT always as safe (or efficacious) as one would think. Dogs (and cats and people, etc) can have serious life-threatening reactions vaccines. So please don't go into this thinking that just because you can do it at home, that it is always better/cheaper. I realize that most homesteaders are quite capable of giving vaccinations to a variety of animals, but it is a much different thing to lose a pet than it is to lose livestock (I realize that some livestock can be pets and the some traditional pets can be livestock!).

    Advantage for dogs and cats is the same, just like Frontline (don't know the Advantage dose though). DO NOT use K9 Advantix on cats, though. It will kill them.
     

  3. Terre d'Esprit

    Terre d'Esprit Boer-ing Mom

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    Funny this came up today. I was thinking the same thing. My cat is so old and taking him to the vet is so traumatic, I have actually foregone his vaccinations this year. I was thinking of doing it myself for him. Also, the barn cats I can just do myself. I was thinking of doing the dogs, also, but will think about it some more.

    If we do decide to do it, is it okay to give Rabies? I was under the impression that you couldn't do it because of the tag issue, but I saw that jeffers sends the tag with the dose of vaccine. Is that okay in Iowa? (The disclaimer said it was.)

    How does this work with the records? Do you just keep the labels for your "proof" of vaccination?

    Thanks in advance for the info. :)

    T
     
  4. Hank - Narita

    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

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    Also don't use 7 way with Lepto on Aussies; it can kill them. Stay away from Ivermectin around Aussies.
     
  5. Willowynd

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    If the cat is over 7 or even a dog for that matter, it more than likely has built enough immunity from past vaccinations to last it the rest of its life. See the latest vaccination guidelines from Purdue, it talks about the length of time vaccinations last. Most the minimum protection is 3 yrs once the animal has had its kitten/puppy shots and its 1 yr 4 mo booster. I never vaccinate any dog or cat over the age of 7. I don't know if Iowa is one of those states that require a vet to give rabies or not, check your laws. If you give the rabies and the animal bites someone or another animal, it is not considered vaccinated and will be quarantined for 2 weeks or in some cases PTS, depending on state requirements. When giving the other core vaccines myself, I used to keep labels, but anymore, I don't since they are not required by law. I do record it in each animals health folder. The tags they include for rabies is not a pet permit, it is a tag with the rabies vaccine number. If you need permits for your pets, you will need to get that from the vet or your local animal control. Once again, find out before you order if they will accept the rabies tag as proof of vaccination to attain the permit tag.
     
  6. GoldenMom

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    No Rabies MUST be done by a vet in Iowa.
     
  7. cricket

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    Check with your local feed store too. I get mine from there and they are usually the same price per unit as ordering online and I don't have to wait. I'm lucky, the people at the feed store are knowledgable too and can assist with which vaccs to get.
     
  8. Sparticle

    Sparticle Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I do all my vaccines except rabies at home and get them from Omaha Vaccines.

    http://www.omahavaccine.com

    I use Advantage for fleas and generic Heartgard and these are the places I use. I have a spreadsheet and compare prices at each place when I need to order and include postage to see who is the cheapest at the time. Consistently Petshed (no Rx required for heartgard), Healthy-pets, equine-mega-store (no Rx req for heartgard) and fleas go are the cheapest; but sometimes a site will offer free shipping or will have a sale. I haven't had to order in about 6 months so some of these links may be stale. I have found that 1800petmeds has the highest prices

    http://www.petshed.com/
    http://www.discountpetdrugs.com/ (heartgard needs Rx here)
    http://www.petcarerx.com/
    http://www.nationalpetpharmacy.com/
    http://www.entirelypets.com/
    http://www.petmedstore.com/
    http://www.equine-mega-store.com/
    http://www.fleas-go.com/

    http://www.vetamerica.com/
    http://www.petfooddirect.com/

    Also, I would like to back up what someone else here said and please pay the little bit extra for the ice chest when ordering vaccines.

    edit: deleted 2 stale links
    last edit: ok, finished my order for all my stuff tonight and fleas-go.com is the cheapest right now.
     
  9. BeesNBunnies

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    I worked at a vets office(just quit actually) and we had headaches with this all the time. The fact is nobody will accept a home vaccination. If you ever want to board or have your dogs groomed you will have to have proof of vacination from a licensed vet. If your dog bites somebody....nobody will just take your word for it that you gave the appropriate vaccination....even with a receipt that you did indeed buy the vaccination. The vet I worked for said that a lot of the vacinations people administer have been mishandled or weren't the right stuff in the first place and do no good. In most states you can't do your own vaccinations for rabies....it may be all states...not sure. I totally understand the vet being too high. Most(and sometimes all) of my wages went to pay the vet bill. Another thing to consider. No vet will give you heartworm pills without a blood test. I just had to treat a dog for heartworms(I just 'rescued' her from an ex-husband....if I'd had her all along she would have been on preventative).....talk about needing to take out a second mortgage!!
     
  10. Sparticle

    Sparticle Well-Known Member Supporter

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    beesNBunnies - You can get heartworm pills (heartgard included) online without a prescription I do it all the time. they are coming from Bayer out of New Zealand. The american online companies just ask that you get a Rx from your vet, but I don't use them anymore because they are more expensive. Also, I keep a shot record just like the vets office with a receipt for the shots and it shows I paid for and ice chest and I've never had a problem boarding my pets. Maybe it's just my vet and I can see where many vets wouldn't want to do that. But, many people don't face having to board their pets and this is a good alternative. One time I had to get a Bortatella shot only.
     
  11. hatwoman22

    hatwoman22 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you thats exactly what I was looking for.
    As I said I've given shots before, and the dogs will see the vet for the rabies. We dont board, and only have one dog that gets clipped never been asked for rabies but then she's always had tags.
    I've never heard of the other shots mattering if the dog bit someone its only the rabies so far as i've ever heard. I have four dogs, one dog is going in for a skin condition and if I know my vet wich I do he'll do his best to break the bank on that dog alone. OR he'll just tell me to put the dog down sine the dog is an obviouse canidet for hip surgery as well.
    I wont say how many cats we've got running around, theres a lot I'm hoping to be down a few by the time I head to the vet in a few days. But my luck doesnt seem to be that good lately.
    I have been using frontline, at great savings thanks to this board (the vet of course never told me could be split between cats as well) but it doesnt seem to be lasting any longer then two weeks. I like advantage better, but wanted to make sure about the cats. hrrmm its too bad they dont have a 50lb one for the cats!
    Once more, thank you everyone for your replys

    and yes I'd already planned on the ice chest!