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    11-17-2012, 01:53 PM
  #11
Green Broke
First, EVERY horse owner needs to know how to administer both intravenous and intramuscular shots. I always keep current vials of tetanus antitoxin in my fridge, in the case of a bad, bloody or puncture wound, so I can administer it asap, before the Vet arrives. I used to give all of my shots myself. It's possible to give all except rabies bc they won't sell that to you w/out a prescription. Get your Vet to supervise you and teach you where to give shots on the neck so you don't accidentally push a needle into the spine.
The only drawback is legal. If you horse has a bad reaction to it, you cannot recover bc the specialist, the Vet didn't give the shot. I never had a bad reaction with my horses, and I gave shots for 15/27 years. It's been cheaper and easier to have my current Vet gives the shots, partly bc she lives about 6 miles from my house, and the Vet call isn't as expensive.
     
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    11-17-2012, 01:55 PM
  #12
Showing
If you decide to let your friend do it, make sure you have the correct dosage of Epinephrine on hand should something go wrong.
     
    11-17-2012, 01:59 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I will probably just end up having the vet out to give him a check up anyway, alot easier. I've been taught, an seen it done numerous times. I just have a very bad phobiA about them no matter if its giving the horses shots or if I'm getting them. I cannot stomach them.
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    11-22-2012, 11:51 AM
  #14
Weanling
I would say as long as you read the directions on the shots carefully and your giving them in the right places they would be jsut as safe
     
    11-22-2012, 12:14 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I do my own, except rabies of course. I asked for a quote for one horse last spring and cold not believe what they were going to charge me! Can't think of exact price right now but just put it this way, I saved about 200 bucks!

Seems my vet does not have 4 and 5 ways, and everything is separate, and runs 20-30 a shot, it adds up. I also have no problem giving shots myself.
     
    11-22-2012, 12:32 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I see people claiming to "save money" doing thier own but sorry I just don't see it.
Somebody show me the math please. Looking at valley vet I see a 5 way is $29.95 if you order 12,, umm my vet charged me $35 I think.

So you still must pay for the rabies shot, coggins test, farm call, teeth float, and you should have drugs on hand to deal with a reaction which expire,,,, So out of a roughly 200 dollar bill I am going to do shots myself and save $5 ? And still not have the expertise to deal with a problem ?
People that do their own shots and claim to be saving tons of money are probably not doing rabies, not getting teeth checked, and don't have a current coggins.
     
    11-22-2012, 12:38 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I see people claiming to "save money" doing thier own but sorry I just don't see it.
Somebody show me the math please. Looking at valley vet I see a 5 way is $29.95 if you order 12,, umm my vet charged me $35 I think.

So you still must pay for the rabies shot, coggins test, farm call, teeth float, and you should have drugs on hand to deal with a reaction which expire,,,, So out of a roughly 200 dollar bill I am going to do shots myself and save $5 ? And still not have the expertise to deal with a problem ?
People that do their own shots and claim to be saving tons of money are probably not doing rabies, not getting teeth checked, and don't have a current coggins.
Joe, I know we have had this discussion before and I typed it out. FOR ME, it was ridiculous to have the vet do. If I can find the quote I will be listing it again! Oh and BS, I do rabies, float teeth and such yearly!!!
     
    11-22-2012, 12:45 PM
  #18
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
I see people claiming to "save money" doing thier own but sorry I just don't see it.
Somebody show me the math please. Looking at valley vet I see a 5 way is $29.95 if you order 12,, umm my vet charged me $35 I think.

So you still must pay for the rabies shot, coggins test, farm call, teeth float, and you should have drugs on hand to deal with a reaction which expire,,,, So out of a roughly 200 dollar bill I am going to do shots myself and save $5 ? And still not have the expertise to deal with a problem ?
People that do their own shots and claim to be saving tons of money are probably not doing rabies, not getting teeth checked, and don't have a current coggins.
Joe, I take my horses in to OSU every Jan for Coggins & teeth. That runs me about $175. I give all my own shots, including rabies, I don't need a vet out here for that. Since my herd is all pretty young now, I frequently don't need teeth done so it's about $30 for the Coggins.

I pay $40 for Prestige V + WNV and I buy a 10 dose vial of Rabies Vaccine for $60, so $6/shot. That's all I give, so $46/horse, vet charges over $100. I have 10 horses now (down from 40) so it saves me a lot. I do all my pregnant mare shots and the newborn foal shots as well.

When I'm having a good year, they hardly see me. When I'm having a bad one, they threaten to name a wing at the school after me.
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    11-22-2012, 12:50 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Ok, here we goooooooooooooo.....................

Pre vacc, exam 10.95
8vacc admin 31.60
West nile 35.25
Encephalitis 14.25
Influenza 19.85
Rabies 19.25
Rhino 21.65
Tetanus 13.30
Photomac 24.55
Strangles 34.70
Farm call 64.85

Total 290.20

And without the farm call it would still be over 200.00

Sooooooooooo, there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
    11-22-2012, 12:58 PM
  #20
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by nvr2many    
Ok, here we goooooooooooooo.....................

Pre vacc, exam 10.95
8vacc admin 31.60
West nile 35.25
Encephalitis 14.25
Influenza 19.85
Rabies 19.25
Rhino 21.65
Tetanus 13.30
Photomac 24.55
Strangles 34.70
Farm call 64.85

Total 290.20

And without the farm call it would still be over 200.00

Sooooooooooo, there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HOLY SCHYJT, I'm NEVER leavin' OK! Everything that you're charged out separately for is included in the Prestige V & WNV, except Strangles which I don't give! I have given IN Strangles in the past and it was less than $15/per dose!
     

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