Dog Vaccination Clinic at Poughkeepsie Petco

| March 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, 3/27,2011, we attended the vaccination clinic at Petco.  Honestly, I never knew they had such clinics. It wasn’t until I was on line chatting with other pet owners that I realized this was not a one-time event. Apparently many dog owners take their pets to Petco for their immunizations.

Time and Place

The clinic took place from 10:30 until 12:30 at the Petco located at 1933 South Road in Poughkeepsie. Petco also sponsored a clinic the weekend before and will sponsor another one next weekend. If you go to the Petco website, it only lists the past two clinics so call to confirm that they’re hosting another one. Better yet, got to the LuvMyPet  website to see when they’ll be in Pougheepsie again.

Veterinary Services

LuvMyPet

The veterinary services were provided by LuvMyPet. The services offered were like a one stop shopping menu. Here’s what you get:

  • For $49 your dog gets the basic package of Rabies, 6 in 1 (which includes Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis), Corona and Bordetella.
  • For $65 they offer the Super Dog Pack (SDP) which includes the above plus heartworm testing.
  • For and for an additional $12 your dog gets the Heartworm 3DX test (which tests for heartworm, lyme and ehrlichiosis). The test results are mailed within 3 days.

If you were so inclined you could also order a fecal test and microchip insertion. Not needing to test my dog’s feces nor wishing to have a microchip inserted, I choose the LuvMyPet Super Dog Pack plus 3DX which wound up costing a total of $80 (a lot cheaper than my normal trip to the vet).

Petco Line and Atmosphere

Since I’m a person that prefers to food shop at 5:00 AM to avoid lines and crowds, this event was a little out of my comfort zone. That being said, once things got started, the line moved quickly.

Dog VaccinationsActually it was fun watching the dogs and their owners interact with each other. You can tell a lot about a person by watching the type of dog they own and the dog’s personality. Within 5 seconds you can tell which dogs are used to large crowds and which ones were not. There were the dominant A personality dogs and the lovable and sweet I’ll-go-home-with-anyone type of dogs.

A Couple of Accidents

When you have a group of dogs gathered you never know what to expect. We got there around 10:45 am and the line was pretty long. Apparently one of the four-legged visitors was a little excited and left a puddle of vomit which was quickly cleaned by the Petco staff.

Not too long after that, our 70 pound mix bread decided to empty the contents of his bowels right smack dab in the middle of the aisle. We had not realized that our dog could hold so much food in his digestive tract. I needed a huge shovel, but had to use paper towels and bags instead. What an ice breaker (now I’m known as the woman whose dog crapped at Petco).

The dominant pit bull on line in back of us decided to mark his territory a time or two and growl at anyone who wished to walk in front of him (or behind him for that matter). Fortunately, he got used to us and stopped barking and growling at us.

Mission Accomplished

Our mission was to get our dog vaccinated and tested without spending a fortune. Mission accomplished. Now all we have to do is apply Frontline (or equivalent) and give him his heartworm medicine monthly. If you’re going to have a dog, you might as well do what it takes to keep your dog healthy.  These clinics offered by LuvMyPet make it easy.

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