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    10-03-2011, 09:22 AM
  #1
Weanling
cost to give your own shots?

On the 19th my boy got his shots. I'm looking to start giving shots myself. The past two times he got his shots the vet allowed ne to do them myself. She even had me draw his blood for his coggins :) so this is the layout of my invoice. I want all shots possible, are there any vaccines on this list you can't buy yourself? I've seen in some magazines that rabies can't be shipped to MO..I might have read that wrong though. OK here goes.
Barn call(minimum charge because a lot of horses got done)--$16.00
Influenza vaccine--$10.50
Rhinopneumonitis vaccine--$10.50
E-W Encephalomyelitis #2--$9.50
Tetanus Toxoid vaccine--$9.50
West Nile booster #2--$21.50
Rabies vaccine--$18.00
Strangles booster--$19.75
Coggins--$23.50
Grand total--$138.75

What do you think? I know a lot of people do shots themselves. Would I save money enough to go for it or are these prices pretty good. Obviously I can't do a coggins myself. And she will still be used for teeth floating and whatever vaccines I can't buy myself.
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    10-03-2011, 09:56 AM
  #2
Showing
As far as I can tell, the only one you can't get yourself is rabies. As for coggins, I'm not sure if it has to be drawn by a vet or not.

Since I don't have a herd of horses to take care of, a farm visit is ~$65.00. All the other shots I give are a fraction of the cost that a vet charges. Fortunately for me I have a small animal vet about a mile from my farm and although he won't really examine my horses, he will pull coggins if I trailer them over to him. Cost is up to $25.00 but no visit cost or farm cost.
     
    10-03-2011, 09:57 AM
  #3
Foal
It is actually illegal for a non-veterinarian to give the rabies vaccine (this does not stop people from doing it just thought you might want to know). Any shot that you can get from your local feed/ livestock store is legal to give yourself and as long as you know how and where to give the shot correctly, doing it yourself is not a problem. You won't be able to do the coggins yourself either since the vet needs to sign the form saying that they have examined the animal.
     
    10-03-2011, 09:57 AM
  #4
Green Broke
That price seems fair. You could do it yourself cheaper, except the rabies, (depending on your State rules) lots of people do. All my friends seem to.
I don't give my own shots. I'd rather the vet keep track of lot numbers & such in the event of a reaction. My vet also charges only $55 each horse & gives them a once over health wise & cleans sheaths. Please note that his prices are insanely cheap compared to other vets in the area.
     
    10-03-2011, 09:59 AM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Masquerade    
It is actually illegal for a non-veterinarian to give the rabies vaccine (this does not stop people from doing it just thought you might want to know). Any shot that you can get from your local feed/ livestock store is legal to give yourself and as long as you know how and where to give the shot correctly, doing it yourself is not a problem. You won't be able to do the coggins yourself either since the vet needs to sign the form saying that they have examined the animal.
Plus the Coggins sample has to get sent to a lab for processing.
     
    10-03-2011, 09:59 AM
  #6
Showing
Here in VA we can get the rabies vaccine, but by VA law a registered vet has to give it or it's not considered valid.

The same goes for a Coggins. Unless a registered vet pulls the blood and sends it to the lab, it won't be recognized.

I plan to give my horses all their shots next year except rabies. Since the vet has to pull Coggins anyway, I generally wait to get their rabies when the Coggins are due.
     
    10-03-2011, 10:16 AM
  #7
Weanling
Thanks everyone. The barn call is 65 but get divided by how many horses are done. I board so we all try to get done on the same day. I figured the coggins was required by the vet. I didn't know that about rabies, I'll have the vet do the rabies just in case I ever needed proof that it was done.
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    10-03-2011, 10:35 AM
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Showing
Folks, whether you can give rabies or not completely depends on state (at least used to be). You can't in MD or VA, but at least several years ago you could in PA (unless the rules changed).

OP, yes, giving shots yourself is cheaper (is Strangles one a shot or intranasal? I was told by several vets that shot is quite useless). I personally still use a vet, but I need to sedate my horses + coggins + rabbies. Also giving shot may go wrong (not saying will, I know plenty of people do it), but I personally afraid (unless it'll be a situation I absolutely have to, like daily shots or something like that).
     
    10-03-2011, 10:41 AM
  #9
Trained
Aw, I am envious. Just to get ONE shot here costs me about $150 because I have to pay for a farm call and a physical. The shot itself prices out for less than $10. <sigh> Not to mention some shots require boosters and each booster is $150 again and again and again...

Go online to search for your meds or try TSC. There is ALOT you can do in the states. You have already had supervised practice, so I think as long as you keep notes and are very careful you should be fine on your own. If in doubt, call the vet first that's all.
     
    10-03-2011, 11:17 AM
  #10
Yearling
My vet allowed me to take my horses immunizations home to give, including rabies.... It may be clinic specific, which ones they will allow you to give yourself or not.... Or it may be because he knows i'm a nurse..... Not a vet or teck, but in mecical field...

I didn't even ask about coggins since it is a blood draw, when she will start loading, I will take her in for that... But if he would let me, I would draw the blood and bring it in... Just didn't ask.

The shots I gave were Interceptor, rabies and westnile. Total was $75
     

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