Do you trust Tractor Supply for Vaccines?

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by MellonFriend, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    I'm going to purchase the CD/T vaccine for my goats and I was thinking about getting it from TCS, but then remembered that my vet warned me that often times TCS can't be trusted to handle their vaccines properly. Do buy your vaccines at TCS?
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  2. Moers kiko boars

    Moers kiko boars Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2018
    I purchase my vaccines from my feed store. We also have another store Atwoods..where I purchase my meds. Ive used online stores also. TSC is usually higher in price in my area.
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  3. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Anytime we buy medication from any place other than our vet we are not sure it was handled correctly. Not all employees take handling meds seriously. Its a risk.
    Might talk with TSC manager and see what their protocol is for refrigerated medication. I know our store here is pretty stricked.. but again..can't always be sure emplyees take it seriously.
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  4. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    I prefer the tsc vaccine because they carry colorado serum ones.... no knots. Our southern states i always get knots with.... it is not colorado serum.
  5. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    No - I order from a vet supply company They pack and ship well and provide coolers, ice packs etc.
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  6. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Probably, in the Winter in cooler temps, TSC is ok. Summer- there is no way of knowing if they kept the vaccines chilled. In the summer, the lazy employees at the nearest TSC will leave the trucks to be unloaded for days, so the vaccines are sitting in heat. (they are not packed in long term coolers).
  7. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    I order from online most of the time, unless it’s a shelf stable med. Even with those it’s usually just easier to get everything all at once in one order, so if I think I might get low or an expiration date is coming up it’ll also go in my online order. Texas heat is nothing to mess with, so I also place my yearly order in late December to the first week of February so the weather is my friend not my enemy. I’ve ordered extra ice packs with overnight shipping and they’ve been melted in the foam or insulated coolers.
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  8. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    When you order vaccines, there is risk some aren’t kept cool enough during transport.
    So beware.

    I buy mine at a feed store near me.
  9. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    I just got it from our farmers Co-op and it was cheaper than at Tractor supply! Yay!

    Question: the bottle says all contents must be used upon opening. Is this true? Can I not store it until it's time for the babies' boosters?
  10. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    If you are clean..wipe the top with alcohol between pulling meds out. Use new needles and store don't have to toss it. CD antitoxin has this same warning. I never toss it. Tetanus antitoxin is the same. I used to toss the left overs until I learned I really didn't have to. Being clean is important to prevent bacteria to enter the bottle.