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Old 02-19-2013, 09:26 PM
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Last year my vet sent a letter to all her clients recommending we all get caught up with lepto. She even gave us the boosters for free, that is how scary this disease can be if you are in an area where it can be found.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:38 AM
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I dont know about the lepto shot spacifically. I live in oregon, and I know it is the law that dogs get the rabies shots. $300 is a lot for what little you got. I would look into other vets. I got a puppy package at my vet for $210 and it came with this.
A Complete Physical Exam
3 DHPP (C)(L) Vaccinations
1 Bordetella Vaccination
1 Rabies Vaccination
1 Fecal Examination
2 Doses Strongid Dewormer
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:41 AM
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He is not acting sick, he is just sleeping a lot now. Thanks for the warning, I will keep a close eye on my little pup.
This is actually very normal after getting shots. My animals have always been very sleepy after getting shots.
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He did great yesterday. He slept most of the afternoon but perked up and was fine by bed time( of course). Every time we have a round of puppy shots it has cost us at lest 110 per visit. Yesterday's bill was shocking to me. I am going to try to get him in with the on base vet. I couldn't before because they had a 3 week wait before they had an appointment available. But now he needs 3-4 weeks before his next round of shots. So the time frame should be okay. I am at least going to drive over and talk to them. I love my sweet puppy, but my next Golden will be a full grown dog from a shelter or a rescue. I can't believe how expensive a puppy is.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:38 PM
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I plan on startup costs for a puppy or even a new dog from a shelter is going to be about $1000 if not more the first six months or so. Shots and wellness appointments along with new supplies just tend to add up. Did that $310 also include heartworm preventative and flea repellent, usually when I have a big bill for a checkup, usually it is because those take up a big chunk.

If you rescue an adult dog, most of the time you need to go through the whole vaccine schedule again, unless they have been fostered for a while, because most of the time there is no records of what vaccines they have had.

My vet, if you just go in for a vaccine, there is no office visit fee, the physical is free, but if she finds something wrong, like an ear infection, etc, then she will charge the office fee. I have never heard of another vet doing this, but it would be a good question to ask.

So last week I brought MacKenzie in for rabies, parasite screening and toe nails clipped and it cost me $45.
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My French Mastiff had leptosporosis. He got extremely sick very fast. My vet was sick and had a fill in vet. She took blood and gave fluids. Had me bring him back the next day for more fluids and told me his liver and kidney levels were way off. Said lets deal first with the dehydration first. That night he wouldn't get up or drink and didn't eat for two days. Thank God I took him to the ER. The specialist heard about the blood work and suspected Lepto and began treatment immediatley. She said he would have been dead in two days. The other "idiot" wanted me to bring him back to her. He stayed at the ER hospital for five days with a total cost of almost $5000.00. I live on Long Island on an 80 x 100 piece of property. We have racoons,opossums etc. He got Lepto walking thru a residential neighborhood. Get the vaccine, be smart!!! Murphy got the vaccine as a puppy. I gave him a Benedryl. He was fine.
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Here is a thread from last year:

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...ng-my-vet.html (Lepto Warning from my Vet)

This vaccine is also short lived, the coverage does not last the full year.
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Every time we have a round of puppy shots it has cost us at lest 110 per visit.
That seems like a LOT to me, but it may be just because things cost more where you live. When we were calling around to different vets, I think the highest price for each set of shots was around $85. The place we go to cost $65, or you can do the full package for $210 for all of them plus a ton of other stuff (in my previous post). I would suggest calling around to see what else you can find. This is our first puppy and she has cost us more than we were expecting, but due to us shopping around and stuff, we have not spent nearly as much as some people on here have estimated them to cost.
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That seems ridiculous, your vet should have explained that leptospirosis is a non core vaccine that is on the more controversial side due to the potential serious reactions and from what I can tell your in a low risk area. I would find a new vet


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That seems ridiculous, your vet should have explained that leptospirosis is a non core vaccine that is on the more controversial side due to the potential serious reactions and from what I can tell your in a low risk area. I would find a new vet


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Hawaii has put warnings out to their tourists about contacting lepto.

As for where I live, the Center of Disease Control is warning us there is an increase. My vet has now actually seen a couple cases. She and I talked it over, and since I live on acreage, my dogs come across different species of wildlife and its urine everyday, so my dogs are more at risk then most.

The scary part about lepto, is that it can be passed from animal to people.
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