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The Requirements for Pet Rabies Vaccinations have changed
For Texas, including Harris County, and Montgomery County

 The New Law

1. Dogs and Cats must be vaccinated for rabies by 4 months of age, again one year later and then every three years. This law is retroactive.

2. Alternatively, to prevent vaccine- associated fibrosarcomas in cats, cats can be vaccinated annually with a non- adjuvanted one-year rabies vaccine.

                                                Your Dog

3. Your dog was vaccinated last year with a rabies vaccine with a three-year duration of immunity. (State law required all Veterinarians to use a three- year vaccine on dogs.) The law is retroactive. If your dog has had two rabies vaccines in its life, it is not due for another rabies vaccine until 3 years after its last vaccination.

                                                 Your Cat

4. If your cat was vaccinated by Critter Fixer Pet Hospital or Low Cost Pet Vaccinations it received a one- year rabies vaccine.

You now have several options:

A.     Re-vaccinate annually with the safer non- adjuvanted rabies vaccine.

B.     Wait to vaccinate your cat again because a three- year license is pending on the vaccine your cat received last year.

C.     There has not been a rabid cat in Montgomery County, Fort Bend County or Harris County in over 30 years.

D.     If your cat bites someone and quarantine is required Dr Rogers will quarantine your cat for free. (Quarantine is required  whether currently vaccinated or not.)

E.      We do not recommend or administer the three-year adjuvanted rabies vaccine for cats because it has been shown to be at a higher risk of causing a fibrosarcoma.

F.      The AVMA, the AAFP and Texas A&M University feel it is safer to give three non-adjuvanted rabies vaccines than one adjuvanted rabies vaccine.

If your cat was vaccinated at another clinic it probably received a three- year adjuvanted vaccine and does not need re-vaccination until three years after the last vaccination.

Why you should avoid unnecessary vaccines

1. Although vaccines are relatively safe, Vaccines are not benign. Vaccines have been shown to cause the following side effects.

A.     Dogs can develop Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia.

B.     Cats can develop injection site fibrosarcomas.

C.     Repeated rabies shots do not make your pet more immune to rabies. You would be paying for something with no effect.

D.     Repeated rabies shots do make your dog more allergic to the vaccine.

E.      Rabies shots have been shown to cause antibodies against thyroid hormones. Their role in causing hypothyroidism is under investigation.

F.      Rabies vaccines have been shown to cause anti-kidney antibodies. Their role in causing chronic kidney failure is under investigation

Why was the law changed?

1. 33 States in the U.S. have had the three- year rabies ordinance for up to 25 years and it has protected pets and the public effectively.

2. Newer knowledge of immunology has proven that repeat administration of rabies vaccine does not enhance immunity, but it does expose the pets to the risk of adverse side effects.

3. Rabies vaccine has been demonstrated to have duration of immunity of 7 years.

If you are a little late coming in for the next vaccine your pet is still protected.

4. Although no vaccine is 100% effective, all rabies vaccine licensed by the USDA showed 100% efficacy for three years in the data submitted.

We hope you appreciate the fact that Dr. Bob Rogers and the staff of Critter Fixer Pet Hospital have adopted vaccine recommendations based on the latest scientific data and with the goal of putting the safety of your pet first.

These recommendations are based on:

The American Animal Hospital Association, 2003 Vaccine Guidelines

The National Association of Public Heath Veterinarians

The American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents

The AVMA Vaccine Associated Sarcoma Task Force

The American Association of Feline Practitioners

Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine
 
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