(Closed) How often do you take your dog to the vet?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We take her to the vet when she needs new vaccinations and get her checked up on at the same time.  Other than that, only when it seems like something may be wrong that we want the vet to look at.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

We take the dog to the vet once a year for a check up and if he is sick. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I take mine once a year for a check up and vaccination update. I adopted him from the pound. Since he is an older dog, I should probably take him more often. I just can’t afford a $1000 – $1500 vet bill for what they say he needs done. I figure I’ll just let him live life and have fun! Oh and he’s a yorkie mix so I pay about $60 every 2 or 3 months to get him shaved/groomed.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Once a year!! First couple years are full of shots, then it kinda dies out. However, sometimes I have taken her sporatically because she ate chocolate and had walking issues.

 

BTW–Milk chocolate is more sugar than actual coco (which is what is bad for them). It acts like caffiene for dogs and their heart rate speeds up, so only worry if they eat dark chocolate, coco powder or a large quantity of milk chocolate….it will save you about a $200 vet bill if it was just once piece of candy lol

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Usually it’s at least once a year for her shots and heartworm test.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My puppy is 9.5 months old and I have taken him to the vet at least once a month since we got him at 10 weeks old. He’s had a bunch of ear infections and conjunctivitis twice. And then there was the trip the Emergency Vet when he swallowed a toy. Since we switched his food he gets less ear infections, so I am hoping to go longer between visits.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

As a puppy, she’ll go two or three times in 6 months to make sure she has all her shots, after the first year, only once a year unless she’s sick!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My adult dogs usually go in yearly for a checkup. Puppies need to go in more frequently for the first few months.

 

Educate yourself on what vaccines are required and which are optional. Overvaccination is a common problem. Many vets are started to get away from yearly boosters because the research shows that vaccinations last longer than was previously thought; but a lot of vets (especially the older vets) still like those yearly injections. Overvaccination can cause more harm than good.

If you have the option in your city, go for the 3 year rabies vaccine instead of the 1 year. (Rabies is the only vaccine required by law; some cities require it yearly some accept 3 year. The vaccine actually lasts 7+ years, but the law says it must be done more frequently.)

And split vaccines up if you can, don’t get the whole shebang at once (some are combo shots, but some aren’t). The more pumped into the dogs system at the same time, the harder it is on the dog. If my dogs need multiple vaccines, I try to schedule them 2-3 weeks apart.

For me personally: My dogs don’t get lyme vaccination because the risk is low where I live (my vet actually told me not to get the vaccine for them). They don’t get lepto because they’ve had bad reactions to it in the past and they aren’t at high risk.

 

 

Dogs need to be on heartworm preventative during the months when mosquitos are out.

 

Flea preventative is optional; I used to do it every month, now I don’t. No flea problems. There are natural alternatives to chemical flea medicines, too, look into Diatomaceous Earth.

NEVER use flea-collars! NEVER use over-the-counter flea preventative, always get the stuff from your vet if you opt for chemical flea preventative! http://www.hartzvictims.org/

 

 

Also, be aware that vets have virtually zero knowledge on dog nutrition. It’s not their job, their job is to fix sick and injured animals. They’ll tell you to feed some crap like Science Diet or Eukanuba. Dog nutrition and food is something I urge you to research and not just take the vet’s word on.

Here’s a great site for researching kibble and canned foods: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

And a list of resources for researching raw feeding: http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/431875

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think we average about every 6 months, he goes once a year for immunizations, check-up etc … which normally runs about $400 altogether, plus we average 1-2 emergency trips a year for ear infections, skin infections, tummy issues … those emergency trips have cost between $400 – $1200 dollars. Grooming is an additional $100 dollars per month, food is $100 per month (he needs a grain free food due to allergies). Additional supplies (treats, toys, ear cleaner, etc) run about $25 dollars per month (but this cost is higher over the first few months)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I take my dog at a minimum…once a year for yearly check-ups. Since our vet also does boarding and grooming, she goes for one or the other (or both) about 4 or 5 times a year.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Once a year for checkups and shots. We also took her when she had a funky bump on her lip. It ended up being a benign tumor that fell off (sorry, TMI) very common in puppies. We also took her once when she was vomitting and not eating- but it was our fault (we were overfeeding her. Poor girl)!

Grooming needs vary by breed. You will also probably need some sort of training- Molly went to puppy kindergarten. This also varies by dog! She didn’t need anything more, but some dogs do.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

My dog goes once a year for her check up, but she has to get her bordetella vaccine every six months.  Also her heartworm/flea medication is about $100 every six months.  Her yearly vaccines were about $150.  Luckily grooming is almost no expense.   She is a shorthaired dog and bathe her pretty easily.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yea I agree with everything posted here, frequently as a puppy (every other month?) and then about once a year as an adult. 

One other thing to not forget about is grooming.  My mom has to have our family dog groomed at least once a month.  Its a major pain in the a** and costs a lot of money.  He won’t sit for us to do it and he doesn’t love the groomers but at least they can tie him up there.

Just something to think about when buying a dog, the grooming aspect and special diet needs can easily cost more than the actual vet visits.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our pup has gone 3x in the last 3months for routine vacs & she will go once more around 6months. After that it will be an annual thing, or if emergencies arise.

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