Is your dog’s rabies vaccination overdue?
You don’t need to be worried (not that you were).
If you’re like me, you probably haven’t vaccinated your indoor cats in years. Oops, did I just admit that?
A new study by the Kansas State University found that pets with overdue rabies vaccinations are extremely unlikely to develop the disease even if exposed to the virus as long as they are given a rabies booster immediately afterwards, according to an article in Science Daily.
Plus, it’s not like many of our pets are at risk of contacting rabies to begin with. At least, not if you’re in an urban or suburban area like I am.
But I don’t mean to put this so lightly.
Unfortunately, pets with out-of-date vaccinations in the United States that are exposed to the rabies virus are required to either stay in observed quarantine for six months or be killed, according to Science Daily. The quarantine can cost an owner up to $7,000, which some people obviously just can’t pay.
The good news is this study gives pet owners and veterinarians new options when faced with what to do with a pet that has been exposed to the rabies virus, and hopefully it helps change some of the laws that require rabies vaccinations so frequently (annually, in some areas).
Read the full article here.
Do you ever get “behind” on your pet’s vaccinations?
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