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Old 09-03-2010, 01:49 PM
Location: Lansing, MI
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Over the counter 7-way dog vaccines include the flu vaccine. Example: Canine Spectra™ 7 - Vaccines - Dog (http://www.jefferspet.com/ssc/product.asp?CID=0&mscssid=3X2WVQRB7FNU9MRKAA4FPRJX KC8J133C&pf_id=0029202 - broken link)

As you can see, the 7-way vaccine can be purchased for $5.00 if you're able and willing to give the shot yourself. The same vaccine can be purchased locally at Tractor Supply Company. The only state required vaccine is rabies, and that must be given by a vet. Yes, there is a significant mark up in price when administrated by a vet - and they usually charge for the individual vaccine separately even though they can purchase as a combo.

The only downside to giving a shot yourself is the lack of certificate on veterinarian stationary proving it was given in the event you need to take your dog to a boarding kennel. I create my own proof by peeling the label off the vile, sticking it to a blank paper, then signing and dating the paper. Not sure if boarding kennels will consider that proof.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:17 AM
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Well those links all say that the outbreak occurred at a shelter. So unless your dog has been in a shelter I wouldn't worry about it catching the flu.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:29 AM
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There is a bigger risk to giving your own vaccines if you have little to no experience in Animal Husbandry - hitting a vein and injecting serum directly into the bloodstream, giving a shot intramuscularly when it should be given under the skin and risking muscle damage, not being able to recognize an allergic reaction quickly enough to reverse it's effects etc...

Not really as easy as just shopping at Tractor Supply and sticking your dog with a needle... I'm not claiming it's brain surgery, but I wouldn't be so cavilier about recommending people innoculate their own pets.
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