SK: Skunks Digest, Vol 71, Issue 5

Cathy cathygag at
Fri Mar 11 23:55:01 PST 2011

Just a tip- the issue you can run into when giving your own shots is the risk of an allergic reaction.  A couple years ago while at my vet's office getting my doberman her routine shots, I witnessed something that has stuck with me for a long time.  We were waiting for the vet in an exam room, and I realized it seemed to be taking a long time...  When I popped my head out of the room to look out into the hall to make sure they hadn't forgotten me, the scene outside was chaos...  Vet techs were running back and forth up and down the hallway into the exam room at the end of the hall, while outside the exam room a young woman in her twenties was visibly upset and crying.  I asked the tech at the desk what was happening, and she said that an 8 week old maltese pup had been brought in for his first set of shots and had an allergic reaction and had gone into anaphylactic shock.  They had stuck him with an emergency eppy pen, but he didn't respond.  They gave him more of the drug, but his heart still stopped, they got it restarted, but he stopped breathing too, they had him tubed and were breathing for him with a hand ventilator.   They eventually stabilized him, and transferred him to the emergency 24 hour vet clinic.  I asked the vet tech how much that hospital stay was going to cost them...  She said that the emergency procedures they had performed were already into about the $2000 range, and that the transport to the emergency vet clinic and 24-hour care  he would need over the next few days there would easily cost them $5000...  VERY PRICEY puppy...  But think, had they done those shots at home, he wouldn't have even been alive just minutes after the first injection.

That's definitely reason enough for me to get my shots done in office.  I have done my own shots on kittens before, but honestly, they were rescues that I was giving away and didn't have the $150 for the vet visit to than just give away a free kitten to the new owner...  And in all honestly, I wasn't attached to them as pets if, god forbid, something did go wrong with a shot reaction and they passed away, certainly I'd feel awful, but in all reality, if I hadn't brought them inside they wouldn't have likely lasted into adolescence as feral cats in the area they were in...  Sounds harsh, but animals like them, or perhaps animals such as farm/barn cats, or farm/barn dogs, that aren't actually pets or close to your family, and are not worth high expenses in vet care due to theft and high mortality rates, are probably the only animals I would consider self-vaccinating.  For animals such as those, proof of vet care or vet administered shots usually doesn't ever become an issue...

And btw, I have always been told, and this may only be true for Ohio (though, in all likelihood, it applies to most states), because skunks are a rabies vector species, even if they are given a rabies vaccine by a vet, you can prove it, they're tagged with rabies tags, and have every other shot known to man, they will still BE PUT TO SLEEP FOR A NECROPSY IF THEY BITE SOMEONE.  So regardless of who gives the shot, if a skunk bits someone and it's reported, the skunk is done.  :,(

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   1. Re: GREAT NEWS!!! (Lorie Kerr)
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Message: 1
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:09:00 -0800 (PST)
From: Lorie Kerr <kerrlorie at>
To: "Friends and fans of skunks." <skunks at>
Subject: Re: SK: GREAT NEWS!!!
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I am confused,? I was told by my vet that I could not buy shots like that to 
give myself because it was against the law for me to give the shots myself? 
because if something was to happen such as a person gets bit than there is no 
way of proving that the animal actually got the shot.? He says the records have 
to show that the shot where given by an actual vet.? So can anyone buy these 
shots or does the vet have to?

From: "SkunkLady2 at" <SkunkLady2 at>
To: skunks at
Sent: Thu, March 10, 2011 11:19:21 AM
Subject: SK: GREAT NEWS!!!

One of our own rehabbers found a company who sells the proper skunk? 
vaccines in single doses!!!

_www.vaccinewholesale.com_ ( ? Galaxy? 
DA2PPvL+Cv is $7.75 each and Eclipse 4 is $12 each,
FAR, FAR, FAR less than vets are charging these days!!!

Remember that skunks ARE succeptible to ALL canine and ALL feline? diseases.

Shelor Brumbeloe

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Message: 2
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 07:58:09 EST
From: SkunkLady2 at
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Subject: Re: SK: GREAT NEWS!!!
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Common sense should tell everyone to learn how and where to give  
injections.  Like dogs and cats, most injections are given to  skunks under the 
excess skin at the back of the  neck.  Attempting it anywhere else runs the risk 

of hitting bone,  arteries or organs.....all of which are EXTREMELY 
If you are unsure, by all means, pay a vet to safely innoculate your animal 
 with the proper vaccines.
In a message dated 3/10/2011 12:26:11 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
SkunkLady2 at writes:

Remember  that skunks ARE succeptible to ALL canine and ALL feline   


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