Every farmer in America routinely administers vaccines to pigs, cattle, and sheep, and they do it without once checking with a veterinarian.
And guess what? You can administer vaccines to your dogs too!
Every pet supply catalogue in America sells vaccines. That should give you some idea of how safe it is, and how easy it is to do.
How cheap are vaccines?
A 7-way Durvet vaccine from Revival is just $4 (Distemper-Adenovirus Type 2-Hepatits-Parinfluenza-Parvovirus-Lepto, MLV ) and a 5-way Spectra is a few cents less (Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus). Add a few monject syringes and needles (20 cents a unit) and you are on your way.
Want to know what shot to give and when? It's not complicated. A simple 5-way shot at 6 and nine weeks, and a 5-way or 7-way at 12 and 15 weeks, and you are done.
Want to know how to give a shot? It's not complicated. A subcutaneous injection is simply shot into a fold of skin -- the needle does not go deep, and does not enter the muscle or a vein.
What about rabies? There's no need to go to the vet for your rabies shots. Most local animal shelters will give you a rabies shot for $10 or so, and you can get your dog tags at the same time.
Revival, of course, is only one company selling vaccines. As noted, every other vet supply place sells vaccines too: Drs. Fosters and Smith, Lambert Veterinary Supply, Valley Vet, Heartland Vet Supply, Bullwrinkle, KV Vet Supply, etc.
Of course, don't expect to hear how easy vaccines are from your veterinarian. The core business practice of veterinary care, after all, is fencing out the truth.
You have a litter of young pups?
"Oh yes, by all means, drag them down to the office" where a 1,000 dogs a month go through the waiting room with every kind of illness under the sun. No health concerns there!
Vaccines are given all over the world, often in very primitive conditions and by people who cannot even spell the word vaccine. And guess what? It works out fine.
If you are smart enough to refrigerate your own groceries, I am pretty sure you can figure out how to refrigerate vaccines when they arrive at your door with a nice block of dry ice next to them and a simple set of instructions.
Remember: Companies like Revival Animal Health, Lambert Veterinary, and Drs. Foster and Smith have been supplying high-quality vaccines and antibiotics to their customers for longer than your veterinarian has been in practice.
What's laughable about veterinarians warning people not to vaccinate their own dogs is that for decades these same veterinarians have been silent about the very real danger of over-vaccinating pets. It's not like over-vaccination of dogs and cats was simply a rip-off; it was also complicit in auto-immune disorders.
But mum's the word about that!
According to most veterinarians, no one can possibly keep their dog healthy without coming in one or twice a year for a booster shot (unneeded), teeth cleaning (unneeded), a stool test (unneeded), and "prescription" flea and tick medicine (which does not require a prescription).
Of course, real dog men and women have been giving a pass to this kind of nonsense for a very long time. A dog does not have to be expensive to keep!