(Closed) Another post for advise on my new dog?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2114 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: You vet should have been able to suggest appropriate shots , and the animal shelter should have given you a vaccine history – if not – request one. 

Post # 5
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When I got mine there was a set of 4-5 shots best I remember.  There were 2 Parvo, rabies and some other stuff I don’t really know about.  The parvo ones are spaced out.  I also got her some flea stuff and heartworm medicine she takes once a month.

Post # 7
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Just took my dog to the vet today for shots.  We just got her, she was with a previous owner before us.  She is just over two years old and her first owner did not keep her up to date on her shots.

Today she got DHPPv (this is the Parvo shot, stands for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) 1 year vaccination which was $16.  In one year she will have to get another DHPPv shot.  Also got rabies booster ($11) and did bloodwork to check for heartworms ($55).  We bought heartworm meds as well.  They offered a fecal exam to check for worms which we declined.

I assume these are probably the common shots/exams, but I’m not sure how much prices vary!

Post # 8
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010


The link above has some info on the suggested shots and times for the shots.  The shelter should have given you a list of what shots the dog has had.  Most shelters keep their dogs up to date on all shots, but I would ask them just to be sure. 



Post # 9
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

It’s tough if you don’t know what the dog has already received. When I had my puppy, I think I had to take her in for about 8 rounds of shots and each visit was close to $200. It was super expensive.

Post # 10
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have dogs and foster as well, so I am often in situations where we get a a foster with no history.  The best thing to do is call around to a few local vets, explain the circumstance and ask for a physical and shot workup (minus rabies).  They will walk you through the costs and what is and is not required, and what might be a good idea….

Also, make sure your dog is started on heartworm preventative right away (as long as she has been tested as HW negative).

Post # 13
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Another thing to ask about is Bordatella, or the kennel couch vac. If you won’t be around other dogs it isn’t necessary, but if you live near other dogs, will take her to the dog park, board her, anything where she comes in contact with another dog I recommend it. You may have to bring it up to your vet because some vets don’t bring it up if you don’t for some reason

Post # 14
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not sure you have to worry about Kennel Couch/Bordatella just for visits to the dog park. 

I won’t get that or the Lepto vaccine for my pup.  He’s just fine.  If we ever board him, we’ll have to get the Bordatella.


My dog is super sensitive, though, so I only give the shots that are legally required in my area.  After I decided against the Lepto series, my vet talked me into it.  The first round almost killed him.  We “broke up” with the vet after that one.  ๐Ÿ™

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