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Old 05-11-2013, 01:13 PM
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So I just got a new dog. Been raised around them my whole life, but it seems like this is one thing that varies greatly between dog owners. Growing up, our dogs went to the vet when something was wrong, they were sick etc, other than that, they were fine. Now I talk to people who take their adult dogs in every few months, annually etc. So what are yall's thoughts on this? My sweetheart is 3, and so far has been good for the most part. Here's a pic just cause i like to show her off
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:21 PM
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Our vet comes to the house once every year when their shots are due. So much easier than taking two goldens to the vet.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:23 PM
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i take my yellow lab once a year for shots.sometimes for a booster shot for kennel cough which the place that we board him requires
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Give or take once a year for vaccines, other than that only when hurt or somethings not right.
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Once a year
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:10 PM
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do a web search, many vets even professors at vet schools suggest yearly vaccination shots are too often and actually cause dog cancers mainly near the injection sites. other than rabies which is a legal thing and they have 2 or 3 year rabies shots
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:52 PM
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Once a year we go to Petco and get her shots.

When I first adopted her I was told to remember 3 important things if I never want to visit the vet again:

1) She is a very healthy weight at 44lbs. The closer you keep her to 44 lbs, the happier, healthier, and longer living she'll be... and you'll give me (the vet) no money.
2) Feed her the best food you can afford.
3) Remember: If she eats, drinks, poops, pees, and has even enough energy for a short burst of excitement... she's likely fine... if any of those stop try to figure out why. If you can't figure out why, seeks someone how can without stealing your wallet (his words, he was a Spaniard who spoke very little English).

My girl is 14 years old most people guess she's 7, and she's a terrific mutt.

(Never heard of the shots = cancer thing... I'm going to read about that now...)

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Once a year for all his shots and kennel cough vaccine. This year a couple of time due to a split nail that we were able to save and his ongoing reverse sneezing problems that we now know how to help him overcome.
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We own a cat. I doubt it will see a vet in its lifetime. If it does, it will be a one way trip.
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Once a year for all his shots and kennel cough vaccine. This year a couple of time due to a split nail that we were able to save and his ongoing reverse sneezing problems that we now know how to help him overcome.
Off to Google "Reverse Sneezing"...
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Reverse Sneezing.. That can be a fun one the first time you experience it. For me it was my 6mo APBT at 2am.

As far as vet visets 2 times a year.

HOwever it seem i rescue only dogs with medical issues. So my dogs see the doc more then my teen age daughter..
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Wow! Friggin' THT. Amazing! My dog's been doing that since I've had here (12/2000)... always wondered what it was. She doesn't do it often -- but like the video I just watched and what I read about it... it sure does freak the dog owner out. Now I know.

On the other hand... I wish I knew why she vomited a horrible yellow bile from time to time. I use to think it was because she had to go out and I wasn't attentive enough or that she was hungry... but she's done it from time to time when those weren't an option.

I guess I should rest easy -- she's a healthy old dog...

Sorry to hijack.

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Old 05-11-2013, 08:17 PM
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She is 7 and has been once for a broken leg at 5 months old. Had to get pins and screws. Cost me $2k. I refuse to go unless something is wrong. Vets are overrated. No offense if you are a vet.
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Once a year for all his shots and kennel cough vaccine. This year a couple of time due to a split nail that we were able to save and his ongoing reverse sneezing problems that we now know how to help him overcome.
Any trick on overcoming the "reverse sneeze"? Thats what my wife calls it. I thought she made it up.

Once a year for shots. Average once every two or three years for something else.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:03 AM
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Once a yr for all the annuals and chk'd for heart worm etc.
I wish we had visiting vets here, there are non that i know of. Going to the office is always a real pain in the azz.
Never heard of reverse sneezing, I'm also in the look it up camp.
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Interesting......

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Any trick on overcoming the "reverse sneeze"? Thats what my wife calls it. I thought she made it up.

Once a year for shots. Average once every two or three years for something else.
No cure for it. It is a completely harmless condition that some dogs get and outgrow and some do not. When it happens Pinch or block the dogs nose so it has to breath out of its mouth. That will stop it, and it should only take seconds..

My APBT (RIP) had it pretty bad until she passed away at 22 months due to complication of Pica. The first time it happened it scared the crap out of me at 2am out of a sound sleep.. I actually thought she swallowed something again and was choking..
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I have the "reverse sneeze" issue with my Puggle and also had a Pug with the same problem. It is my understanding that the reverse sneeze is generally worse in breeds that are brachycephalic.
There's not a whole lot that can be done. I can tell my dog gets a little nervous in the middle of one of his fits and it makes me a bit nervous too. But he usually comes out of it after a little bit. One thing I do that seems to shorten the length of the attack is to open his mouth and almost stick my fingers in his throat. Not completely, but just enough to sort of interrupt his breathing pattern. Sort of force air into his mouth instead of his nose (similar to what was suggested above with covering the nose).
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:09 AM
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Generally, for rabies shot only. We give all our animals their yearly boosters at home.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:08 PM
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Annually unless something is wrong. Today was update time for rabies, another shot, a blood test and 12 heartworm pills. That's what the dog got done. I got a walletectomy that took 15 minutes.
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