Many areas have laws that require dogs and cats (and sometime ferrets) to be vaccinated against rabies. These laws help protect both pets and people from this deadly disease. Except in certain rare cases, a veterinarian needs to examine a pet before the vaccine is given.
Rabies vaccines for dogs are available in one, two and three year cycles. You can talk to your veterinarian to decide which is best for you and your pet.
Because of rabies laws, control and prevention programs, and pet owners’ cooperation, domesticated pets in North America rarely become infected with this disease. By keeping your pet up-to-date on his or her rabies vaccination, not only are you protecting your pet, but you’re also helping to eradicate rabies from the pet population in your community.