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
There’s nothing like the unconditional love of a pet.
Almost 60% of homes in America have at least one pet, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. About half of those owners say they consider their pet a member of the family.
Having a critter companion can be good for your health, too. Studies have shown being around an animal can ease depression, lower blood pressure and stress, and keep you active. Heart attack patients who have a dog can live longer than those who don’t.
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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