Originally Posted by greenmagick
Thanks, that is really confusing me as well....it doesnt make sense. And, honestly is very unhealthy for the dog to have more than needed which I think should be a high priority.
Because many, many people equate 3 year vaccinations with not having to come back to the vet for 3 years. It doesn't matter how many times you tell them that the physical exam is just as important. The way they look at it, they only want the rabies because it's required by law. Anything more than that is just extras. We have numerous clients who might get their dog a DA2PPV shot as a pup, and then try to get only rabies from then on. No exam, no heartworm prevention, no spaying/neutering, no parasite checks, nada. That's why most clinics require exams with rabies. Even otherwise good owners will come back for three years. We just had one about two weeks ago who got their 3 year as a 2 year old and didn't come back until it was due again. By the time they did, the dog had a serious heart murmur that might have been caught earlier.
Seeing the pup at least one more year after the puppy rabies does several things: it allows us to see the client again for education when they might not have otherwise come back for three years, it allows us to push spay/neuter (!!!), it allows us to discuss getting a heartworm test since very few buy heartworm prevention around here, and to push heartworm prevention, and it allows us to physically examine the pet to be sure there is nothing unusual.
Considering the "it's just a dog" mindset that so many clients have, I honestly would rather see the dog get a rabies booster than not have that opportunity. Again, none of this is directed for the average Porchie owner. The average Porchie owner can request things done other ways, but I personally think the rules are an unfortunate necessity for now. I think it's more unhealthy to have all these other things neglected.
And please note: if we are pretty sure the owner is going to be one of the good ones, we will occasionally do the 3 year earlier. Our vets are big believers in minimum vaccinations, but they are also realists.