Wanda, As I said in a previous message
"I think we will skip the shot here in Canada and get the shot at our winter home in Florida as we have a relationship with the vet office there."
By law you must have a valid paper showing Rabies Vacination upon entering Canada as I pasted in here in a previous post, this coming directly from Canada Border Services, no arguments there. BUT I will attempt to get a three year dose as wisely suggested by our good Moderator whose is a DVM.
That's the one my vet uses. And as indoor-only cats, they don't get yearly boosters for the other diseases out there. Some vets are definitely over vaccinating cats.
I agree the $175 for what I deem is over medication is outrageous and the goose that laid the golden egg will lay no more!
I would gladly pay that kind of money for a Vet specialist if one of my cats developed a health problem my vet can't handle... but to pay that just to have and every day vet take a quick look at the cat and vaccinate it? Never happen. And you have to ask for a rough estimate before bringing in the cat and not get slapped in the face on the way out with a bill that puts you into sticker-shock. Like every other profession out there, there are those who tend to be a greedy if not outright dishonest, and those who are sincere, dedicated and honest. They still made a good living even charging fair prices. Fortunately, most vets I knew fell into the second category.
As for those vaccines. They're very profitable but vets have bills to pay - understandable. The markup is quite high and all but the rabies shot can be given at home if you know how to do it, or know someone who does. At the local Co-op here, they run less than $3 a shot.
US border agents have asked us for the vaccination certificate for our cat. On three separate crossings.
We have never been asked for paperwork upon returning to Canada.
This is contrary to the US Border info, read it here;
"Cats - All domestic cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when
examined at the port of entry. If the animal is not in apparent good health, further examination by
a licensed veterinarian may be required at the owner's expense.
There is no requirement for a rabies certificate but most airlines require a veterinarian’s health
certificate. Cats arriving in Hawaii or Guam, both of which are free of rabies, are subject to
locally imposed quarantine requirements."
or go to the link, look on page 10; http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/newsroom/publications/travel/pets_wild.ctt/pets.pdf
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