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,
by the number of rabies cases in your local area, and state
Yearly 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
If you frequently hike or otherwise enjoy the great outdoors with your pet, please take care to prevent painful encounters with snakes. Bites occur most often in between March and October when snakes are most active. According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), a snake bite is always considered an emergency-a venomous snake bite can be fatal if not treated immediately, and even a bite from a nonvenomous snake can be dangerous for your pets.
If you have an exotic pet, check with your vet to find out what vaccinations the pet
needs. Most common exotic animal bites come from:
Skunks and raccoons. Wild (endemic) populations
of skunks and raccoons have the greatest risk for having
Ferrets. These animals can transmit rabies.
If you have questions about local rabies issues, contact your local
health department. If you will be traveling with your pet, check with your vet
about the protection your animal needs and the risk your animal has for getting
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 27, 2012
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