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Is the Vet the only one that can give a puppy the first shot?


  1. CindyRVT says:

    Yes, vets are typically legally the only ones who can provide medical care for an animal aside from the owner of that animal unless you are talking about livestock. In most states, to provide such services for pay without being a veterinarian constitutes the practice of veterinary medicine without a license.

    Puppies actually do need quite a few things to provide good preventative care and to look for an treat common health issues of puppies.
    1. Fecal testing should be performed on ALL puppies and kittens due to the extremely high incidence of parasitism in young animals and the risk that such parasitism poses to the animal and humans. Deworming is recommended repeatedly for puppies due to the lifecycle and persistance of environmental contamination with the common parasites–roundworms and hookworms, regardless of fecal results because it is possible to run a fecal exam during the time before parasites reach maturity and start shedding eggs, thus missing that the infection has occured. Just looking at your puppy’s feces is simply not enough to determine whether there is a parasite infection present and 80% of puppies do have parasites. Knowing which ones is important so that an appropriate deworming product can be prescribed.

    2. Vaccination against Distemper, adenovirus type 2, parvo and rabies are recommended for ALL puppies by both the American Animal Hospital Association and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. Besides these other vaccines such as Leptospirosa, Lyme Disease and Corona virus may also be recommended based upon geographic location and risk factors. All of these vaccines require 2-3 boosters in the initial series except for rabies. Vaccinations need to be given at the appropriate intervals in puppies to provide protection. Puppies also need a physical exam to ensure that they are healthy before receiving vaccines. Unfortunately, many owners miss health issues and vaccinating sick puppies can be harmful besides just being wasteful of your money.

    3. Flea and tick prevention is also recommended for puppies because both can serve as vectors for parasitic diseases or GI parasites like tapeworms. Fleas and ticks can also actually cause the death of puppies when encountered in large numbers. Fleas and ticks can also serve as health hazards for humans.

    4. Routine physical exams–because just like children they can have underlying issues such as cardiac defects with little to no symptoms. They can also develop issues that owners often miss. You would not believe the number of pets that I have seen come in for routine preventative care over the years with heart conditions, liver conditions, etc etc that the owner simply had no clue about.

  2. ✯Love✯ is a German Shepherd Dog says:

    You can purchase any vaccine under the sun, even rabies, and administer it yourself. However, a rabies shot is only legal if given under the supervision of a vet and in conjunction with a printed, signed certificate.

    That being said, rabies is not given with the first vaccine. It’s given at roughly 16 weeks. But it’s still not a good idea for you to administer your own vaccinations. You don’t know where or how to give them (SubQ, IM, IN, etc….), and you don’t know what reactions to look for. For example, many specific vaccines are given in a specific limb so that if a reaction occurs it’s universally known which vaccine caused it, just in case you rush to a different vet. Rabies goes in the right hind limb.

    You are right, I do honestly feel vets try to give to much in most cases, ESPECIALLY in young pups! I’ve heard of vets wanting to give 6 way combos to young pups, and I’m APPALLED. IMHO, that is WAY too much. Research and decide what is right for you. You may decide Parvo is all you want to give. Even I would do a parvo vaccine, it’s just too deadly without. Figure out what you want, what your pup is truly at risk for, and then stand your ground with the vet. I took Zeke in for his distemper and bordetella once, it was required at the kennel he was going to, and they tried to do another vaccine as well. I stood my ground and said NO, and even though there was a slight argument, zeke did NOT get it

  3. JenVT says:

    You can give all of their shots yourself except rabies. That must be given by a licensed veterinarian but many towns offer clinics this time of year.

  4. bluebonnetgranny says:

    There is only one shot that has to be given by a Vet & that is the rabies shot. The rest you can give yourself if you know what you are doing.

    Reputable breeders always do their own puppy shots. Some even dock the tails & remove dew claws them selves if the breed calls for it.

    You will have to purchase the vaccine from a store, along with the needles & you have to know when each shot is given.

    Know what you are doing before you do it.

  5. Lacy says:

    Really the only shot your dog HAS to go to the vet for, like the other person said, is the rabies shot. My mom give’s our dog all their shots except for rabies. We found 6 in 1 shots at tractor supply, and give those to our dogs instead of wasting the time and money at a vet. It’s a whollee lot cheaper and less time consuming.

  6. william says:

    I have often given vaccines to my dogs. The only one a vet needs to give is rabies. You can usually get canine vaccines at a feed store. Many pharmacies will order them for you. Just be sure to follow up with vaccinations as directed on vaccines you will buy. Injecting a dog is easy and most dogs don’t pay much attention to it.

  7. xAsHtOoNxbAbiOox says:

    Wen my puppy needed the 1st jab my nans girlfriend is a dog breeder so she gave us the 3 in 1 jab for free but the jabs shudnt be 2 pricey if u got a vets in pets at home. Then go there they are wiked they treat the dog and don’t try 2 sell u anything you don’t need :)

  8. Steve E says:

    In Canada I can buy the shots at a local pharmacy with the needles for $13 bucks so I gave my dog his first 2 shots and my vet gave him his last shot and later he gave him his rabies. You can’t buy rabies so a vet has to give it something about a live virus.

    Just to add I have fired a couple vets that thought that I wanted to listen to them try and sell dog food. The vet I have now I actually warned him before we started that if he wanted to have a dog food commercial I was going to walk out. He understood and he is now my vet and when he didn’t know something he said so and then called me back with an answer. I respect someone that can say I will find out.

  9. Cookie The First One says:

    You can buy and give your own vaccinations, but only a vet can legally give a rabies shot.
    Check out for prices on vaccines and syringes.
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  10. Jonah Novinger says:

    I’m not a vet, but i would imagine, the best way to find out is to ask a vet, they can surely help you out, but i would imagine that the only one would be the vet, but ask just to be sure.

  11. KarmaDub says:

    Yes, only a vet can really give the shots as he/she will be the one who will know your pet’s medical history. Generally, it is only in the puppy’s 1st year where they require getting these boosters. It is necessary to equip the body with antibodies so that if the puppy does ever come in contact with Parvo, Distemper, the odds are much better that the puppy’s body can fight it off.

    If you are not happy with the vet that you have used or you don’t trust his/her expertise, shop around for another that you can trust. Ask other pet owners that you know and ask them for their opinion on the vet. It is the same as if you were looking for a doctor. You would want to find a doctor that you feel comfortable with and you trust his/her expertise.

    Hope this helps :)

  12. Rayven ~ New Year Same Old Shyte says:

    The only shot that cannot be given by anyone other than a vet is the Rabies shot. In this day and age there is no reason why any pet owner should not be educated and read up on what shots their pets do and don’t actually need. Find a vet who you actually like and listens to you and your opinion. Not every dog/pup needs every shot out there depending on what they actually need and where they live.

    Know what shots your puppy actually needs as far as what is prevalent in your area and let your vet know these are the shots you want and why. If they don’t want to listen take your business elsewhere.

    Can you do them yourself? Sure, BUT you don’t go just for shot, you go for check-ups as well and at the same time should your pup react negatively to a vaccine its much easier to go right back to the vet when it happens and they already know what was given and how much rather than trying to remember how much, was it mixed right, was it stored properly, what was given etc at home when in a panic and worried about your pup.

  13. Amy says:

    I know it seems like a bunch of stuff, but puppies really do need it. Lots of things that aren’t too hard on older dogs can be brutal on puppies. Parasites are especially bad. There are several different types and many products don’t get all of them. There are the normal ones that Strongid (pyrantel Pamoate) take care of, some you need panacur for, and then there are parasites like Giardia or Coccsydia that are crazy bad for puppies. So if your vet wants them to have puppy shots and a fecal exam it’s a super good idea. Puppy shots and preventative care seem like a lot, but it’s nothing compared to treatments if they actually get something. Parvo and parasites can be deadly to puppies and they go down hill fast and they are EXPENSIVE to heal. In the 100s…

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