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Vaccinate Your Pets to Prevent Rabies

Cats, dogs, and ferrets should receive their first rabies vaccination at the age of 3 months and their second vaccination at 1 year. Check with your veterinarian for the rabies vaccination schedule for your area. After the second vaccination, the need for revaccinating cats and dogs is determined by the type of vaccine used and the number of rabies cases in your area.

  • Annual vaccination may be recommended in areas with a high incidence of rabies.
  • Vaccination every 3 years may be recommended in areas with a low incidence of rabies.
  • Ferrets should be vaccinated every year.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised June 6, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 06, 2012
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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