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Is Your Pet Vaccinated Against Rabies

Is Your Pet Vaccinated Against Rabies

World Rabies Day is on September 28th, and vets around the country use this opportunity to educate people on the dangers of this disease and the proper ways to prevent it. Rabies is an RNA virus of the rhabdovirus family and is a viral infection that is spread mainly from the bite of an infected animal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and is 100 percent fatal to dogs and cats—there is no treatment available.

Common carriers of this feared disease include bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. The risk of rabies runs very high in dogs, however cats, even indoor ones, should be vaccinated, since random animals can sometimes get into a home and pose a threat to our indoor pets.

Fortunately, there is a vaccine available to help prevent this deadly disease. For dogs, the rabies vaccine can be administered as early as 12-weeks of age with booster vaccines administered at varied schedules according to age. For cats, the rabies vaccine can be given as a single dose as early as 12-weeks of age, with a revaccination one-year later. For cats, the booster is required annually.

Las Tablas Animal Hospital  Rabies Vaccination Policy

Prevention of this deadly disease is not only extremely important for pets and pet owners—in California it is a legal requirement for dogs! In addition, please note our new policy here at Las Tablas Animal Hospital: for the safety and well-being of the pets and the staff/doctors, all patients must be vaccinated against rabies. This is effective immediately.

We encourage you to ask any questions you may have about rabies—for more information, please contact us at 805-369-2222.