I just talked to a person at the vet hospital in another town where my 6 yr old mini-schnauzer was formerly treated. She told me they only "carry" the 1 year DA2PP vaccine. My understanding - which could be very wrong - is that there is only 1 "formula"; it's up to the vet/owner whether to give it annually vs every 3 years. Are there in fact DA2PP shots which only last 1 year, and others that last 3 years (or more)? The last shot he received was on 3/27/13. If it has "expired" - for lack of a better word - he is 7 months past due. He got the shot every year for at least 3 consecutive years ending in 2013, so my hunch is that he doesn't need one until at least 2016 - if then. Is my thinking correct on this? He has skin issues, and I'm thinking over-vaccination may be one of the causes. Thanks!View Thread
Thanks for the AWESOME answer! I'm going to print it, because there's NO WAY I'd remember all that good info. He weighs 24 lbs, so is real close to the borderline. My female mini-schnauzer is 5 yrs old and weighs 20 lbs, which is right on it. She had the DA2PP shot last year, before I knew enough about it to evaluate her need. The only time they are around other dogs is at the vets or at the groomers. It's the latter that has me wondering about whether or not they have a low risk lifestyle. Thanks again for your help. Ed View Thread
I've ventured into the area of grooming for my 2 miniature schnauzers. All went well with the first one. I was within 1 ear of finishing the second, when he flinched, and the clipper made a small (pin head size)cut on the edge of the ear. It did not bleed much, but he is white and it looks AWFUL. I cleansed the wound, and the applied Neosporin(R) to it. The vet recommended Neosporin(R) for an incident earlier this year when a professional groomer clipped his anus WAY too short and cut some skin. I'll continue to monitor it, and seek the help of the vet if I need to. What would you recommend in a situation like this, i.e. any small cut, abrasion, etc.? Am I doing the right thing? How often should the wound be cleansed? I'm sure many of you are interested in saving unnecessary trips to the vet, but not at the expense of your pet's health. Do you have some general guidelines for making the decision to go to the vets or not? Thank you so much for your time. View Thread
Thanks so much for the response. It's healing fine! No redness or irritation. It did scab over, but he is not scratching it and reopening the wound. I'm trying NOT to do what I do with mine (LOL), which is "pick" at them and cause them to bleed again. I'm going to let his fall off naturally. He may even get a bath tonight, but I'll avoid that ear.View Thread
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