(Closed) Vaccinations for Dog before Baby Arrives?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

ajillity81:  dogs do have a regular vaccination schedule. Your vet should be letting you know when it’s time for updates. Rabies is every 3 years but there are some that are needed every year.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

ajillity81:  Our dogs have a schedule that the vet keeps track of for us. We go every year for some yearly routine shots for them but their rabies shot last 3 years.  They have a lot less shots now at 5 than they did their first and second year. 
Vets are really good at keeping up with that sort of thing. We get reminders and postcards from ours, but I bet you could call and see if anything needs to be done.

Also, keep in mind that you may want to switch over to a different flea/tick medicine when baby arrives. Ours get the oil stuff put on their back, but it’s very dangerous to babies (and humans really) so either plan to do it at night so it has time to dry before getting touched or get the new chewable heartworm/flea/tick pills they have now. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Some rabies vaccines are good for five years, some are good for three, and some are good for one. That could be why you are seeing conflicting information on the internet. Talk to your vet, but if you keep up on vaccine schedules and deworming then you shouldn’t need to worry.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

To be fair, you should be keeping up with rabies, parvo, distemper flea/tick and heartworm preventative for your dog regardless of having a baby in the home or not. There should also not be anything extra for the dog before baby comes home except perhaps some obedience classes if he’s not a well-behaved pup.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re making sure both our dogs go for their annual before I give birth but that’s more because I don’t want to have to deal with trips to the vet with a newborn.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

ajillity81:  oh yeah, about the flea/tick medicine…we use Nexguard. It’s a chewable tablet just like heartworm prevention. We really like it and so does our baby girl.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

cooperlove:  Same! Our dogs are 5 years old and get a lot less shots now then they did when they were puppies….and like your vet, our vet sends us postcards and reminders each year. They get yearly shots and then rabies shots every 3 years.  🙂

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2020

You may want to look into ingestible internal/external parasite prevention as well instead of topical treatments if you use those on a regular basis. Beyond that, I don’t know that there are too many zoonotic diseases to worry about. Maybe lyme if you live in a tick-friendly environment, or leptospirosis if stagnant water is a concern. 

Good for you for thinking ahead, Bee! I don’t know that everyone would consider this, especially with all the other things going on when getting ready for a baby.  

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

IzzyBear:  Yes that’s what it’s called! I just found out about it.  Of course, we also just dropped some serious dough and purchased almost 2 years of flea/tick back treatments…

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

IzzyBear:  Oh my gosh, your response made me LOL, only because I pictured both your dog AND your baby girl happily munching away on the Nexguard tablets together…..

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

cooperlove:  dude, tell me about it. I buy a year supply of that and Heartguard together and I hate that bill. But I love the chewable pills because she loves the flavor and I don’t have to shove them down her throat. And it’s nice not to have to apply that crap to her neck!

MrsAKSkier:  hahaha. Well for now she’s our “baby girl” because we don’t have any human babies. And even though she’s 3 years old, she’ll always be my baby. So sappy but it’s true.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

you can get the heartworm one year shots I believe they cost 50-75 for us. 

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