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Dog Rabies Vaccine Schedule

Dog Rabies Vaccine Schedule

Rabies is a severe and potentially deadly illness affecting any mammal, including our beloved pets. That's why preventing it is crucial in protecting them from the virus. Our veterinarians in Turlock have shared the most effective rabies vaccine schedule for your dog, and it's essential to adhere to it.

What is rabies? 

Rabies is a dangerous viral disease that can infect any mammal, including humans, domestic pets, and wildlife. It spreads through contact with the saliva or brain tissue of infected animals.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for rabies, and there are no tests that can detect the disease in living beings.

Once symptoms appear, it is almost always fatal. In most states, dogs are required by law to get vaccinated against rabies.

If your pet is not updated on their vaccine and gets bitten, state law may mandate a quarantine period or even euthanasia to protect others.

For these reasons, it is vital to keep your dog's vaccinations current.

How often does my dog need a rabies shot?

The state of residence determines the schedule for rabies vaccinations for dogs. Typically, puppies receive their initial vaccination between 14 and 16 weeks of age and a booster shot after one year.

Subsequently, a rabies booster should be given every 1 to 3 years. It is advisable to consult with your veterinarian to determine the frequency of booster vaccinations for your pup.

Why are rabies boosters required?

Vaccines teach the body how to identify a disease and produce an immune response that can eliminate the virus if it enters your dog's system. However, this response decreases in effectiveness over time. To maintain protection, booster shots are necessary to rebuild your dog's immunity.

If you are concerned about the cost of rabies vaccination for your dog, reach out to your veterinarian for an estimate and payment options.

Can a vaccinated dog get rabies?

Although rabies vaccinations are highly effective, it's important to note that no vaccine can provide complete protection from contracting the disease.

Even vaccinated dogs have a small risk of getting rabies. Therefore, it's crucial to ensure your dog receives regular rabies vaccinations throughout their life to minimize the risk of infection.

Are there any side effects of the vaccine?

It is common for dogs to experience tenderness around the vaccination site, tiredness, and grogginess following the rabies vaccine. This is completely normal and usually resolves itself within a day or two. If the side effects last longer than two days or worsen, consult your veterinarian.

Occasionally, the injection site can remain firm and swollen for a few weeks. If the swelling persists past three weeks or gets larger, it is time to take your pup to the vet.

Side effects are not common, but if you notice any of the following symptoms in your dog after their vaccine, contact your vet right away:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the muzzle and around the face, neck, or eyes
  • Severe coughing or difficulty breathing, and even collapse.

The rabies vaccine is generally safe and plays a crucial role in keeping your pet healthy. However, if you notice any unusual behavior in your dog after getting the shot, it's best to consult your veterinarian.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Contact our Turlock team at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital to book your dog's rabies vaccine.

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