Pet Rabies Vaccines
Categories: Blog, Rabies, Vaccine
Dr. Breitstein shares her thoughts about pet rabies vaccines and vaccinations and how they impact your dog, ferret or cat.
"I'm here today to talk to you about pet rabies and rabies vaccinations protection in light of the fact that it is soon to be world rabies day September 28th every year. We try to celebrate the fact that each year we get more more animals protected and spared the effects of the fatal disease so it's important to vaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets. They are the common pets that we treat at animal health care to protect them against a invariably fatal neurological damage.
Vaccinations are important because without it, should your cat or dog be exposed to a pet or raccoon or any suspect animal in a rabies, which we are here in Monmouth County, there are certain set the rules that go into place if that exposure risk occurs. If an animal is bitten by a known or suspect rabid animal such as skunks or raccoons, and they are currently vaccinated we need to update that vaccination booster immediately with a then 45 day informal quarantine usually done at the family's home.
Overdue vaccinations require one of two things: a piece of brain tissue being submitted to the laboratory or a 6 month strip quarantine away from the family they love for incubation period for the rabies virus to express itself, so that's a hardship on both the pets and their families. Because of this, we want to protect them with the appropriate vaccines. The first vaccinations is good for a year and subsequent vaccinations boosters are good for 3 years. If however you are pet has a bite wound, that then puts into play another set of regulations as well as concerns for their exposure risk. If you wake up in your house with a rabid bat flying around, your physician will likely recommend post-exposure, inoculation zora vaccinations to protect you against this fatal viruses. So prevention is far better than the disease and we have effective vaccinations protection for our pets so you can't get rabies from your dogs unless you get bit. If your dog or cat or vaccinated the risk is substantially almost completely vacated as far as your risk for getting rabies as far as the disease."