Lotus, Mochi's mom
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
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Very Uncomfortable at the Vet About the Bordatella Vaccine
I went to the vet a few days ago for Mochi's 2nd set of shots. Even without asking me what shots I wanted to get for Mochi, the vet automatically started taking out different vials and a needle. He was almost about to puncture one of the vials when I said WAIT, what shots are you administering for her today. He told me, parvo, distemper, and bordatella. I responded that I didn't want Mochi to get the bordatella shot. He then proceeded to pressure me and make me feel very uncomfortable. There was another technician in the room holding my puppy up ready for the shot, both of them are looking at me like I am the most ignorant, evil pet owner they have ever seen.
I explained that I only wanted her to get the core vaccines and he proceeded to lecture me about how the bordatella is a core vaccine and that it was very dangerous for me not to vaccinate her. He asked me about my sources and I told him the internet. I never felt so small before!
After 10 min. of grilling me I finally said, no matter what, I'm not giving her that shot today. However, I will consider what you told me. And then he wrote out a waiver statement on my data sheet and asked me to sign it basically saying that if she catches kennel cough, I won't hold him liable.
Now I know that no one is a vet on this forum, but please tell me, did I do the right thing??? Obviously if Mochi needs the bordatella shot, I would get it for her in a second. But I wanted to do minimal vaccinations and I'm pretty sure bordatella isn't a core vaccine?
But lastly, I am really upset with my experience with the vet. Either way, I didn't appreciate the way I was treated and how I just felt incredible pressure to do something I wasn't comfortable with.