In my years as a dog parent, I have experimented with many things ranging from food to medication for my dogs’ optimum health before I could settle for my current formula, which I still try to improve on a daily basis. In one incident, we took a puppy for her Parvo vaccine to a new vet and he suggested a combination of Parvo and rabies because the puppy was already older than three months.
I hesitated because we are used to giving one vaccine at a time, but since there were all those certificates and licenses on the vet’s wall, I decided to go through with it.
Everything was fine on the way home but that night, our puppy developed diarrhea and a fever. When we took her back to the vet the following morning, her condition had worsened and she had to be admitted. She also needed rehydration which she received via IV fluid. I don’t know if it’s just me but there’s something about seeing someone on an IV that just screams ‘fighting for his life’. That even looks worse when it’s a kid or a puppy with all sorts of tubes connected to her.
Our puppy recovered after a few days but I had learned my lesson. I would rather have my dog or puppy take a single vaccine at a time because that way, it’s easier to know which agent she is reacting to. When there is a combination, it’s not easy to know which agent is at fault.
After all, the whole point of taking a vaccine combo is convenience; you don’t have to take a trip to the vet twice. But if you think about it, it’s better to drive to the vet twice than risk your dog’s health or even risk losing her for the sake of convenience.