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post #1 of 6 Old 05-10-2009, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Administering your own vacc. at home

Is it more cost effective?
Is is relatively easy to do?
What are some pros and cons?
Were do you administer vaccinations?
How much do you pay for vaccinations?
Were do you purchase them?


Lots of questions, but I'm looking into doing my own vaccinations. With three horses (and possibly more) having a vet come out can get awfully expensive just for shots O-O'

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I give about 200 vaccinations a year to my livestock very easy to do and you can save a great deal of money doing them yourself. I buy most of mine from Valley Vet and a few from Jeffers. If you know how to give a shot that's pretty much all there is to it. If you can't give a shot practice on an orange, knowing how can very well save your horses life someday.
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Is it more cost effective?
Is is relatively easy to do?
What are some pros and cons?
Were do you administer vaccinations?
How much do you pay for vaccinations?
Were do you purchase them?


Lots of questions, but I'm looking into doing my own vaccinations. With three horses (and possibly more) having a vet come out can get awfully expensive just for shots O-O'
Easy to do? SUPER easy!
Where? Have a vet come once to show you how to do it, or someone who does it already. Don't use info given on here :)
Where do you purchase them? Here you can get them(standard vaccines) at your local tack store. As for how much it costs? It costs about 12-20 dollars per vaccines. There is only 2 to do depending on the combo you buy :)

As I said tho, get a vet to come out and do them for you at which point you ask him to show you where they are to be done. It's very easy and a lot cheaper :)
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Thanks guys ^^ I'll have the vet come out this year (I want Sammy evaluated anyways) then hopefully will be doing it myself from then on.

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-11-2009, 10:33 AM
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Thanks guys ^^ I'll have the vet come out this year (I want Sammy evaluated anyways) then hopefully will be doing it myself from then on.
Talk to your vet. Most are very good about giving pointers, things to not do and specific reactions to watch for when administering an injection.
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Pros are that you don't get charged a farm call so might save a bit of money.

Cons are:
1. You may loose your "doctor-client-patient" relationship with your vet. This is the legal relationship that allows your vet to give advice on issues over the phone. Your vet must examine your horse at least yearly in order for this relationship to be considered valid and for most clients it's the yearly vaccination visit that is the only time their horse sees a vet each year unless there is an emergency. But if you have him out for Coggins tests and dental exams/floatings, you would still have your at least yearly exam. (But why not get the vet to give vaccinations then?)
2. Because vaccines are shipped more times, there is more risk that they may have been kept at the wrong temperature and thus be ineffective.
3. You don't have the medical knowledge or access to the most up-to-date recommendations for determining appropriate vaccination programs for your horse.
4. You really might not be saving as much money as you expect by the time you pay for shipping/handling.

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