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Old 02-19-2013, 07:18 PM
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I took Scout in today for his third round of puppy shots and to make sure that his hookworms and uti were all better. She gave him an extra shot that I wasn't expecting for leptospirosis(sp?). Is that a normal shot that puppies need? Also she said they were going to send his urine and stool sample to a lab on the mainland( we live in Hawaii) when usually they just look at it in their lab. I asked her why and she said it was just more thorough that way. I can't help but feel that it was just to charge me more. He will be 16 weeks at his last round of puppy shots next month, and I asked her if he would need his rabies vaccine in that round. She told me that I had to actually request a rabies vaccine, that it isn't standard procedure. That seems a bit ridiculous to me. Every pet I have ever had has had to have regular rabies vaccines. I have liked this vets office so far, but after today I am feeling a little uncomfortable with it. In the end of the visit the vet bill that I was expecting to be about 150$ was 310$. Should I look for a new vet?
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:29 PM
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Wow! I don't know how the prices are in Hawaii but $310. sounds excessive to me. Also, the Lepto shot he should have explained to you that some dogs have a reaction to it. Mine never did until this last time when Ky ended up in the ER from it.
Just keep an eye on Scout tonight for vomiting or face swelling ect. If Scout was going to react it probably would have already happened though.
I personally would probably interview other Vets before settling on this one. Good luck.
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Hawaii is a rabies free state which is why vaccines for rabies are not standard there. If your traveling to the mainland then yes I would request one. I dont do Lepto for my dogs....but many vets consider it a standard vaccines as well as distemper, parvo, parainfluenza and hepatitis
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She didn't tell me anything about the lepto shot , just that if we planned to take him out around other dogs or into the woods or beach he needed it. Scout is not acting like himself. 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.
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I'd go with your gut. I started off with a vet I just had a feeling was charging me for things I didn't need and then he prescribed prednisone for sneezing as well as antibiotics. I went home and researched prednisone on this forum and was appalled that he would prescribe that. I chose not to give her the treatment and decided that I would not go back to that vet.
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My dogs usually get a little sleepy after their shots. If this vet didn't even tell you what to watch for tonight that would be a big red flag for me.
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She didn't tell me anything about the lepto shot , just that if we planned to take him out around other dogs or into the woods or beach he needed it. Scout is not acting like himself. 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.

From what im reading lepto is very common in Hawaii. 50% of cases diagnoses in the US...are in Hawaii (I humans anyway). I however, do not like the fact she gave the vaccine without asking you first I would of walked out not paying a single dime for that bill. I would not tolerate that from any vet. I lost my mind when my previous vet gave mine a shot of Meticam without my permission.
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If you are not comfortable with the vet (or the charges) look for another one. It is important to have a good relationship with your vet, you are going to need one at least once a year for the life of your pup.
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I vaccinate for lepto... And yes, vaccines can make a dog sleepy.
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One of my Bridge boys contracted lepto in 2005 when veterinarians in this area did not recommend the lepto vaccine. That changed after a slew of dogs contracted lepto. It's a nasty disease and humans can contract it as well, so we now religiously vaccinate our dogs for it.

My puppy is less active on the days he got his vaccines.
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