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  •  Tricia - don't get... (14+ / 0-)

    FIV test right away.  As young as they are, there may be a false positive.  I don't want you to go through the expense just to have to have them re-tested.

    Additionally, FIV testing is important, but remember it is NOT a death sentence by any means (me having two in the pack who are FIV+ and are both about 8 1/2 years old now)

    I had gotten Pootie #1 tested when I first adopted him - so he was by then about 7-8 weeks old by the time I brought him in.  He did test positive, but the vet said she wanted to retest him because it may not be a true positive.  He was tested again when he was neutered (at 4 months) when it was confirmed he was FIV+.

    Check with your local shelter OR ASPCA.  Sometimes they will offer free OR low cost spay and neuter.  In NY state, when I adopted Pootie #1 from the rescue org, the organization had a deal with the vet and something with the state and aside from my adoption fee to the org ($35), the neutering was cost-free.

    Shots and things are a different matter.  Check with Petco or PetSmart - they will periodically feature low cost health checks and shots!

    But I have always found establishing a working relationship with a vet you like and trust is a good thing.  When emergencies occur?  They will be there.  Trust me.

    All the suffering of this world arises from a wrong attitude.The world is neither good or bad. It is only the relation to our ego that makes it seem the one or the other - Lama Anagorika Govinda

    by kishik on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 10:22:23 AM PDT

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