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Rabies Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

WHO SHOULD RECEIVE RABIES VACCINE?

Candidates for this important vaccine include: Persons expecting to travel to those countries where rabies is endemic High risk groups including: Veterinarians and/or their staff Veterinary students Employees working in animal hospitals Wildlife workers (animal control handlers, parks or animal exhibit workers, and disaster control workers involved with animals) Research or diagnostic laboratory personnel working with rabies virus Outdoor adventurers, especially spelunkers

How long is a Rabies Vaccine good for?

We offer one year and three year Rabies vaccinations. We use Purevax Rabies for cats that are only good for one year, but it is much safer for your cat. When should heartworm prevention be started, and should it be used year round. In this area Heartworm disease is very prevalent. Heartworm preventative should be started at 8 weeks of age. If 6 months or older, a heartworm test should be performed before starting preventative. Heartworm preventative should be given once a month, year round, for the life of your pet.
The first vaccine that a dog or cat receives is only good for 1 year, each one after that as long as they are not overdue are good for 3 years. Q: When should heartworm prevention be started, and should it be used year round. A: In this area Heartworm disease is becoming more prevalent each year. Heartworm preventative should be started at 8 weeks of age. If 6 months or older, a heartworm test should be performed before starting preventative. ...
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The first vaccine that a dog and cat receives is only good for 1 year, each one after that as long as they are not overdue are good for 3 years.
The first vaccine that a pet receives is good for 1 year, each one after that as long as they are not overdue are good for 3 years. When should heartworm prevention be started, and should it be used year round. In this area Heartworm disease is very prevalent. Heartworm preventative should be started at 8 weeks of age. If 6 months or older, a heartworm test should be performed before starting preventative. Heartworm preventative should be given once a month, year round, for the life of your pet. ...
The first vaccine that a dog receives is only good for 1 year, each one after that as long as they are not overdue are good for 3 years. We use Purevax Rabies for cats that are only good for one year, but it is much safer for your cat. When should heartworm prevention be started, and should it be used year round. In this area Heartworm disease is very prevalent. Heartworm preventative should be started at 8 weeks of age. If 6 months or older, a heartworm test should be performed before starting preventative. ...

How long does the rabies vaccine last?

The first vaccine is a one year rabies. From then on, it is a three year rabies.

What is the Rabies Vaccine Law in Massachusetts?

All dogs and Cats need to be vaccinated against Rabies. All dogs and Cats need to be vaccinated against Rabies. This includes indoor Cats because cats have been known to escape to the outside becoming vunerable to rabid raccoons etc. This is to protect the pet as well as the owner. State law mandates that if an animal bites a human, the animal has to be quarrentined for 10 days to observe for rabies symptoms. If any symptoms begin to show or the animal dies prior to the ten days, the animal MUST be tested for rabies. ...

Why does my indoor pet need a rabies vaccine?

Rabies vaccination is required by New Hampshire state law for any cat, dog or ferret older than 12 weeks of age. Rabies is one of the few viruses transmitted to humans from animals. Rabies is deadly and needs to be taken seriously as a human health concern.

Who can be given rabies vaccine?

Anyone who was bitten by a dog or a rabid animal should receive vaccine, especially in areas where there are high cases of rabies. Further, victims of dog bites in the dangerous sites such as the head, neck, face, fingertips and back should immediately be given rabies vaccine. The nearer the site of the bite to the brain, the faster the movement of the virus.

Are Cats Required To Get A Rabies Vaccine?

While the rabies vaccine is not required for cats in Sangamon County , it is a good idea to keep your cat vaccinated against it. With the recent amount of rabies carrying wild animals, such as bats, that have been invading homes in the past few years, it is a good idea to vaccinate cats against rabies. Even if they have no contact with the outdoors, they could potentially come into contact with rabies carrying animals. ...

What is the oral rabies vaccine bait drop?

The West Virginia Oral Rabies Vaccination Project conducted a bait drop to vaccinate raccoons against rabies. A bait drop is planned during the late summer and early fall of every year. This program is just like any other immunization program. Just as children are vaccinated against measles or mumps, raccoons can be vaccinated against rabies.

WHERE CAN I RECEIVE/OBTAIN RABIES VACCINE?

Rabies Vaccine is available in the US through: Local/State/Federal Health Agencies Private Infectious Disease Clinics Regional Hospitals with 'International Travel' Departments MONITORING YOUR IMMUNE STATUS Once the pre-exposure vaccine series or booster is administered, individuals may routinely submit a blood sample for serologic testing – specifically: The Rapid Fluorescent Focus Inhibition Test (RFFIT), CPT Code 86382 This viral neutralizing antibody test determines the presence of rabies antibody, and whether this ... ...

Why can't I purchase a dog license past the expiration date of their rabies vaccine?

Based on City Ordinances a pet license can only be issued through the rabies vaccination expiration date. View All FAQs...Finance Dept. - Customer Service Finance Dept. - Finance Division 1.

Can I just get the rabies vaccine only?

No, you should vaccinate against all the diseases to prevent your pet from acquiring them.

Can I give my own Rabies vaccine?

A No, it has to be done by a licensed Vet. All dogs and cats need a current Rabies Vaccine by State Law.

Do you offer the 3 year rabies vaccine?

Yes. But at this time, Mississippi is the only state that will recognize it in our area. Tennessee residents will be required to get the one year rabies vaccine.

Why does my pet need the rabies vaccine?

Although the majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, most humans are given rabies vaccine as a result of exposure to domestic animals. This explains the tremendous cost of rabies prevention in domestic animals in the United States. While wildlife are more likely to be rabid than are domestic animals in the United States, the amount of human contact with domestic animals greatly exceeds the amount of contact with wildlife. Your pets and other domestic animals can be infected when they are bitten by rabid wild animals. ...

Do you give the rabies vaccine at the Health Department?

We provide pre-exposure rabies vaccine by appointment for a fee to foreign travelers going to areas of high risk, wildlife officers, veterinarians, etc. For post-exposure situations you must see your private physician.

Should my indoor pet have a rabies vaccine?

Many people believe that indoor cats and dogs do not need to be vaccinated for rabies. This is not true. Massachusetts law requires that all cats and dogs be vaccinated for rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease which affects all mammals, including humans. While indoor animals may not seem to be at risk we have seen numerous instances where an animal gets outside and gets into a fight, a bat gets into the house, etc. ...

Can I buy the rabies vaccine and administer it myself?

State law requires the rabies vaccine be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

Why do I need to provide proof of Rabies vaccine?

State law requires that all dogs and cats over four months of age receive rabies shots. Rabies is a virus that attacks the brain and nervous system. It is transmitted from animal to animal and from animal to human. If left untreated, in animals and humans, rabies is fatal.

How often does my pet need a rabies vaccine?

The first time a dog/cat/ferret gets a rabies vaccine, it is good for one year. Subsequent rabies vaccines should be given every 3 years. Please consult the county/state you live in for requirements by law.

What is the rabies vaccine, and how effective is it?

Rabies vaccine contains killed rabies virus. The vaccine is recommended as a three-dose series over 28 days if used before an exposure. Boosters are needed if the risk persists. After an exposure, rabies vaccine should be given immediately with immune globulin and then five subsequent doses are spaced over 28 days. When given according to the ACIP recommendations, the regime is almost 100 percent effective.

Why does my pet need to come in annually if she got the three year rabies vaccine?

Because dogs and cats age much more quickly than humans. An annual exam is very important for early detection of disease. Only the Rabies vaccine has been proven to last for three years, so other vaccines should be administered annually. Due to our rural location, pets in the Four Corners are exposed to a large population of feral, and or unvaccinated animals. Protection from preventable diseases remains of utmost importance.

Must my animal have a Rabies vaccine or is a titer acceptable?

There is often not a consensus of opinion among those in the veterinarian community about immunizations, and State laws with respect to rabies vaccinations vary. Rather than attempting to prescribe immunizations schedules for dogs and cats (other than compliance with State laws with respect to rabies vaccination), Delta Society will rely on your veterinarian's medical judgment and knowledge of your animal's health history and status.

Why does my pet have to come in annually if she got the 3-year rabies vaccine?

Because she still needs an annual examination for the early detection of disease, and other vaccines need to be administered. Only the rabies vaccine is currently documented to protect for three years. ↑top Why can't I just pick up the same medicine that worked last time? It seems like my pet has the same problem he had before. In many cases, problems that seem the same may not be caused by the same disease. ...
Source: www.dcah.com

What if I cannot get rabies vaccine on the day I am supposed to get my next dose?

Consult with your doctor or state or local public health officials for recommended times if there is going to be a change in the recommended schedule of shots. Rabies prevention is a serious matter and changes should not be made in the schedule of doses.

Will the rabies vaccine make me sick?

Adverse reactions to rabies vaccine and immune globulin are not common. Newer vaccines in use today cause fewer adverse reactions than previously available vaccines. Mild, local reactions to the rabies vaccine, such as pain, redness, swelling, or itching at the injection site, have been reported. Rarely, symptoms such as headache, nausea, abdominal pain, muscle aches, and dizziness have been reported. Local pain and low-grade fever may follow injection of rabies immune globulin.

What is the difference between the 3 year and the 1 year rabies vaccine for cats?

There is about a 1 in 10,000 chance that a cat might develop a tumor at the site of the rabies injection with the 3 year vaccine. It is thought that the cause of this may be because of the "vehicle" that the vaccine is carried in. The 1 year vaccine does not use this particular kind of vehicle, so there may be a reduced chance of the tumor developing when this vaccine is used. We still are not sure at this time what the true cause of these rare tumors is. ...
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