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Pet Vaccination to Prevent Rabies

Cats, dogs, and ferrets should receive their first rabies vaccination at the age of 3 months and their second vaccination at the age of 1 year. After the second vaccination, the need for revaccination of cats and dogs is determined by the type of vaccine used, the number of rabies cases in your local area, and according to state law.

  • Annual vaccination may be needed in areas with a high incidence of rabies.
  • Vaccination every 3 years may be needed in areas with a low incidence of rabies.
  • Ferrets should be vaccinated every year.

Check with your veterinarian for the rabies vaccination schedule in your area.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Last Revised August 31, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: August 31, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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