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post #21 of 44 Old 11-22-2012, 01:06 PM
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Yah that quote was given to me on 5/15/2012. Because its so wet and we have a 30 something surface acre pond on the property I guess we may need a few that some don't but I about died. LOL. Love my vet but that is just crazy! I'm like come on, anyone heard of a 5 way, lol.

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Strangles is super expensive!! I don't give every shot they have available but the ones she's recommends the most. I recently bought a mini from Camelot and figured it would be best to have every shot they offer done. Including farm call, all the shots, and a checkup the bill was well over $300.

I am religious with my horses beig UTD on everything. My gelding was due in October for yearly shots and even though the rest of my herd is due in April I still had his done just so he'll be atleast UTD. And, in April hell have em all done again so that all my guys will be on the same vaccination schedule.

Just had all my guys teeth floated as well. And the minis are so bad the dentist had to come out ever month for three straight months just to fix them.

Reason I was wondering if it would be cheaper giving them myself is well, self explaitory. I'm sure in April I will be darn near poor having all 4 of my horses vaccinated together.
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post #23 of 44 Old 11-22-2012, 01:50 PM
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Pros:
Save some money
Being able to administer injections yourself is a very useful skill that could save your horse's life in the event of an emergency.
Possibly more options for vaccinations

Cons:
You can cause a lot of harm if you (or your friend) do it incorrectly. While it is considered a routine procedure, the safe injection site is relatively small, located between the scapula, the ligaments along the crest, and the cervical vertebrae (neck bones). Too high, and you hit the ligaments, too low and you hit bone, or worse, a vein.
The possibility of an allergic reaction and not knowing what to do about it.

I agree with corporal that every horse owner should know how to administer injections. Have you ever done it? I bet, once you do it a couple times, it won't be as difficult as you think. There could be times when being able to give your horse an injection before the vet arrives could save his life. Tetanus is one, Banamine is another in the event of colic, and Ace is useful for founder.

Maybe try DrsFosterSmith.com. I found that they were cheaper in some cases, and often had more selection than Tractor Supply.

I think you should have your vet out to do it this time, make sure the way you have been taught is correct, ask questions, have him show you the exact spot for your horse (maybe tape it out and take pictures), how to check whether you're in a vein, and ask him to describe all of the possible allergic reactions for the vaccinations you're giving and what to do about them. Definitely worth learning!
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post #24 of 44 Old 11-22-2012, 03:40 PM
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exactly what I am seeing creative wrong math being used to think you are saving money.
If your vet wont give a $30 five way instead of 5 $20 shots find another vet.
Dreamcatcher your horses are NOT $46 each they are $76 each you are leaving off coggins, not to mention how big is your trailer and how many horses you haul at a time, how much fuel burned and time wasted to "save" 50 or 60 bucks on a farm call ?
And like I have said in most states you STILL have to get a vet to do Rabies and coggins, and You would still have to pay for the vaccines, the only thing you are saving is the minor vet markup, which in my case is an insignificant amount.
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post #25 of 44 Old 11-22-2012, 03:47 PM
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Guess I need to move to VA. Oh wait, or learn to give the shot myself.

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post #26 of 44 Old 11-22-2012, 03:56 PM
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Generally my cousin who is a vet tech does our shots for us. I can do them, but I am like you and have a needle phobia so prefer not to. I do know how and could do it in an emergency though.

We have a really good vet who only charges for the shots not the travel so when I had a horse who went ballistic every time he had a shot I just called her out. Any of the other big vets around here would charge and arm and a leg just for shots so I wouldn't.

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post #27 of 44 Old 11-22-2012, 04:11 PM
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exactly what I am seeing creative wrong math being used to think you are saving money.
If your vet wont give a $30 five way instead of 5 $20 shots find another vet.
Dreamcatcher your horses are NOT $46 each they are $76 each you are leaving off coggins, not to mention how big is your trailer and how many horses you haul at a time, how much fuel burned and time wasted to "save" 50 or 60 bucks on a farm call ?
And like I have said in most states you STILL have to get a vet to do Rabies and coggins, and You would still have to pay for the vaccines, the only thing you are saving is the minor vet markup, which in my case is an insignificant amount.
Joe, I was saying that when I take them to OSU, I pay $175 approx. For teeth & Coggins, if I don't need teeth then it's only $30. To have them give the shots would be over $100 per horse in addition. So, either $275 per horse or $130/horse. I give my shots at $46/horse plus either teeth or Coggins and my gas is negligible, I am less than 5 miles from OSU. I try to schedule these things in conjunction with other things, like preg checks or gelding so that I'm killing a couple of birds with 1 stone. I've done it both ways and added it up and it's a significant savings per horse. Remember, I'm a business so I track every nickle on every horse very carefully.

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post #28 of 44 Old 11-22-2012, 04:17 PM
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exactly what I am seeing creative wrong math being used to think you are saving money.
If your vet wont give a $30 five way instead of 5 $20 shots find another vet.
Dreamcatcher your horses are NOT $46 each they are $76 each you are leaving off coggins, not to mention how big is your trailer and how many horses you haul at a time, how much fuel burned and time wasted to "save" 50 or 60 bucks on a farm call ?
And like I have said in most states you STILL have to get a vet to do Rabies and coggins, and You would still have to pay for the vaccines, the only thing you are saving is the minor vet markup, which in my case is an insignificant amount.

Unless you are balancing the checkbooks of everybody on here, you have no idea if it saves money or not.

Personally, I don't vaccinate much, just tetanus and proper preparations if I have to move, which has only been once. So yes, it saves me a ton of money to go to the TS and buy a tet shot than pay the $60+ vet bill. And just because someone DOES do their own shots, doesn't mean the horse isn't being seen by a vet at a different time for coggins and teeth floating, etc etc.

That said, most horses will have a reaction to a 4- or 5-way. I much prefer to give several shots than overload their system. It's also nice to know WHICH shot the horse is reacting to if it is a big reaction. So at least your first round of shots should be given by a vet if you are unsure your horse has ever had them before.

I work at the shelter, give shots all the time, and will have no problem vaccinating my own animals or a friends; it's what I do.

So bottom line, OP, it's entirely up to you. If you are comfortable with your friends ability to give the vaccines, than do it. Although I would still be wary of the 4- or 5-ways.

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post #29 of 44 Old 11-22-2012, 04:20 PM
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Forgot to mention, here all we vaccinate for is tetanus and strangles, so it's one shot.

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post #30 of 44 Old 11-22-2012, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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I've never given a 5 or 4 way, regardless. My vet doesn't offer them. Although, she is coming out Tuesday for my mini I might as well have her give my new guy his shots anyway and if I buy the shots from my vet in syringes she charges the same weather she dispenses it to me or if she gives it which I don't understand because the neighboring vet charges you less to dispense it to you.

Giving my own is something I want to look more into in the future. Being I don't know this horse I would rather the vet do it if he has a reaction. I know the only shot he has is a rabies which was given in April. Otherwise, I doubt he's had anything else but I know where he came from and he never left that barn I bought him from since he got there in April.
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