I just spoke to someone that told me that some vets will not "recognize" vaccinations that are not given by an actual vet. Not just rabies, but any of them.
So, in this example, the dogs was given distemper and bordetella at animal control (small town facility), but not by a vet. The dog was taken to a clinic for boarding and the clinic would not "recognize" the vaccinations and would not allow the dog to stay unless the owner allowed them to re-vaccinate.
If you give your own vacs, have you ever run into any problems like this? Do you board your dogs?
My Bulldog's Breeder vaccinates all of her own dogs.
I'll ask her - curious to know myself.
Brenda from Connecticut
I've never had a problem with vaccinating my own dogs...or rescues. So, I really have nothing to add to this. Sorry.
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This doesnt sound right...most breeders vaccinate all their litters, with the exception of rabies.
I do my own but I don't board my dogs. I've not had a problem.
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Yeh, I've had it happen with rescues. However, if they can produce the paper with the dates and type of vaccine, they will usually allow the DHLPP and bordatella. (There should be a peel off type thingy they can attach to a paper with type, date, etc.) Rabies has to be "given" by a vet, however, I know a lot of vets let their techs give them and sign off on it.
I always attach the peel off lable to the vet records I supply to the new owners. Honestly, if your records look professional and official, how would the clinic know if there was a vet that gave the vaccs or not. I have not seen any boarding places turn them down, but I know some vets do not accept them. I tell the new owners "if your vet will not listen to and respect what you want done to your own dog on NON-REQUIRED vaccinations, then it is time to find a new vet"
I honestly think it is just a way for some vets to make more $$$ from people that may not know any better.
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In Canada you can't get vacs unless you are a registered vet. :-\
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Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
Thanks all. I'm hoping that it's just a documentation issue and that as long as we have our records in order that we or our adopters won't have any issues. We're going to poll some of the local vets and boarding facilities and check with them. I just want to make sure that our adopters aren't inconvenienced if we start handling all our own vacs (except rabies of course).
Haven't heard of a kennel around here that doesn't "recognize" vaccines given by breeders or family pet owners, all you have to do is have a lot #, date and time of vaccine-Sammi had her puppy shots and her one yr. boosters, I gave them to her! I have only kenneled once, but my friend kennels all the time and has never had a problem- my vet actually documents vaccines I give and when I gave them so they have record of it- they also know I am choosing not to revax again but will do only titers- except for rabies which we have to do every 3 yrs by law!