My sweet Whippet pup is now 16 weeks, and has received 4 DHHP vaccines (approximately 3 weeks apart: two from the breeder and two from my vet), and from what I gather, that is the appropriate vaccine schedule for these shots.
(Not including Lepto or Bordetella or influenza - the latter two of which I may opt for if I plan to take her to a crowded dog area with off-leash nose touching; so far she has been in my training room with fully vaccinated puppies, but no play dates or day care.)
I need to get her in for her Rabies shot, but my vet practice (who has always pushed everything possible for all dogs!) wants to give her a fifth round of the DHHP with the Rabies shot - I have read that they should be given separately. (I really wish they would offer titer testing for dogs who are fully vaccinated, but oh well - that’s a different topic…)
Is a 5th DHPP shot necessary? It’s been awhile since I had all the puppy vaccines given since my older dog is now 11 (and I don’t recall, other than the protocol of 3-4 weeks apart until 15 weeks), but per my breeder and other Whippet puppy owners, it seems standard to give them a total of 4.
Also, this practice does a “well puppy exam” every time you bring the puppy in for vaccines: $85! and this is after they have asked you health screening questions. Obviously this is standard at the first visit with a new pup , but every time you bring them in for shots in spite of the puppy having had no change in health status in between (and no reaction to the shots)? I asked them about this, and they said that “the vet needs to make sure the puppy is healthy before administering shots” - okay, not unreasonable - but they just “looked at” my puppy again and said “she looks good!” (don’t think they took temp or checked heart again, based on the bill), and charged me $85.
According to others I’ve asked, this is not SOP for all vets. My vet practice is very good, has done well with my Sighthounds over the years, and is 10 minutes away (great for emergencies!), so I don’t plan to jump ship. They do have a reputation for gouging and adding extra tests and throwing the kitchen sink at things (this has been my own experience AND others’ experience; they have a reputation, locally - also for being the priciest practice in our already overly expensive area of Northern VA), but at this point I would like to stick with them as a practice for my puppy through her lifetime (had her chipped with them - also $85), but was just looking for some thoughts on this, so TIA.