There is a lot of controversy about vaccinations for dogs

*Rabies Vaccination Schedule for Dogs — Every dog living in Massachusetts must be vaccinated according to state law. Massachusetts requires that every dog starting between the age of 12 weeks and 6 months receive a Rabies vaccination. A booster vaccination must be given within 365 days of the initial vaccine. Rabies vaccines boosted prior to the expiration date will receive a 3 year certificate and then will be required to receive a Rabies vaccine every 3 years. Dogs missing their annual deadline will receive a 1 year certificate. Any dog presenting to the hospital with a wound of unknown origin, that has an expired Rabies Certificate, must be reported to the town for a rabies quarantine.

vaccines, and continuing and solidifying the 3-year rabies schedule for all dogs and cats.

Although some dog owners do vaccinate their puppies and dogs themselves, it is better to have a veterinarian decide on the best vaccination schedule for dogs in certain parts of the country, depending upon disease risk. In addition, only a veterinarian can administer a rabies vaccine with a legal certificate of vaccination. Also, dog owners should avoid giving over-the-counter de-worming medications to their dogs, as they are often ineffective and may have side effects.

Dogs: Vaccination Schedule - Drs. Foster and Smith

The rabies vaccination schedule will still require that dogs and cats be On February 27, 2003, the Texas Board of Health approved amendments to Texas Administrative CodeCh. 169, Rabies Control and Eradication. The rabies vaccination schedule will still require thatdogs and cats be

A possible vaccination schedule for the "average" dog is shown below

Thefollowing vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinationsare advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpretedto mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be lesssatisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines*


[Is your dog being over-vaccinated? Grab this and compare your dog’s vaccine schedule to what current research considers safe and protective. ][Is your dog being over-vaccinated? Grab this and compare your dog’s vaccine schedule to what current research considers safe and protective. ][Is your dog being over-vaccinated? Grab this and compare your dog’s vaccine schedule to what current research considers safe and protective. ] All Rabies vaccines for dogs and cats performed at our hospital will have a 3-year dating no matter the timing of the vaccine as long as the following is followed: the pet has received a vaccine at 12-16 weeks of age and then a booster 1 year later. From the 1-year vaccination forward, they will always be "good" for 3 years after the date of vaccination. If your lifestyle or schedule does not allow vaccination at 3 years, when you do booster again, it will be viable for 3 years again. Just remember that as far as animal control is concerned, if you go past the 3 year dating and then your pet bites someone, they are considered not currently vaccinated and a large amount of liability falls to you. This is all in keeping with recommendations at the state level. Also, most boarding and grooming facilities will not accept a not currently rabies vaccinated pet for liability reasons. If your pet has had a Rabies vaccine from our clinic in the last 3 years or less, that reminder will be adjusted to 3 years as they come to light. This is another reason for the vaccination analysis at the wellness exam.