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From Cruelty Investigative Officer Sharron Carmichael

The Three-Year Rabies Vaccination

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hree-year rabies vaccines, available for cat and dog rabies vaccinations, have recently become widely accepted in veterinarian clinics throughout the U.S. However, there are specific protocols which must be used when a pet is on this type of rabies vaccine schedule, and some veterinarians may not recommend this form of vaccination due to specific situations. What is the Three-Year Rabies Vaccine? This type of vaccination is created by killing, or inactivating, a strain of the live rabies virus which results in a ‘killed virus’ vaccine. There is no risk of transmitting rabies to a cat or dog through the vaccine, and the vaccine will successfully protect a cat or dog from the rabies virus for three years. The three-year rabies vaccines are identical in content to the oneyear killed virus rabies vaccines which have been used for decades. The major differences between the two are in labeling, recordkeeping and vaccination protocols. The dosage is not three times the strength of the one-year dosage, although many veterinarians may charge up to three times the price of the one-year vaccine. Three-Year Rabies Vaccination Protocols Most vaccine protocols for three-year rabies are as follows: •

The initial rabies vaccine (administered to puppies and kittens) is good for one year (generally given at four months of age)

At one year of age another one-year rabies vaccine is needed.

At two years of age, the three-year rabies vaccine may be given.

Adult dogs and cats that have an unknown vaccination history or who have not received a one-year rabies vaccine before, must receive a one-year rabies vaccine and then the next year they may qualify for the three-year vaccine.

Paw Path Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a commemorative brick on the Humane Society’s Paw Path! Those listed below purchased a brick during the months of June, July and August: Danielle Capparelli LaVar Edgecombe Stacy Johnson

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Does this mean I only need to see my veterinarian every three years? Regular wellness examinations (at least once or twice a year) are the most important preventive measure that you can provide for your pet. Vaccinations are just one component of the wellness visit. To help keep your pet in optimum health, regular wellness examinations are critical — regardless of how often vaccines are administered. Remember, cats and dogs age at a much faster rate than humans, so a once-yearly exam -- depending on the age of the pet -- is similar to a human getting a physical every five to ten years. Plus, animals don’t always show signs of early disease, and they can’t easily communicate discomfort to us. Important information to know: While you are not required to get a rabies vaccination for three years, you are required to obtain a Rabies/License tag through Broward County Animal Care and Adoption each year. Cost of the Rabies Registration Tag: The cost of the Rabies Registration Tag depends on whether your pet is a dog or cat and whether your pet is spayed/neutered*: DOGS: • If your dog is spayed/neutered (fixed) -- $25 • If your dog is NOT spayed/neutered (fixed) -- $55 • Replace a current, lost tag -- $10 CATS: • If your cat is spayed/neutered (fixed) -- $15 • If your cat is NOT spayed/neutered (fixed) -- $30 • Replace a current, lost tag -- $10 The Humane Society of Broward County offers rabies vaccinations by appointment. When we administer the rabies vaccination, you’re able to purchase your Broward County pet license tag from us. To schedule an appointment, please call 954.266.6858 or vaccines@hsbroward.com.

Pay lasting tribute to a friend, pet, or family member and show your support for the HSBC at the same time! With a contribution of $250, your special message will appear on a Paw Path brick at the shelter. For more information or to receive an order form, please call Sandy at 954.266.6869.


Paw Prints: Fall 2016