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Alabama Passes 3 Year Rabies Law 5/14/09

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Alabama Legislature OKs 3-Year Rabies Vaccinations Birmingham News 5/15/09 http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnew...290.xml&coll=2

Dogs and cats around Alabama could be howling a sigh of relief soon.

The Alabama House of Representatives gave final approval Thursday to a proposed law that allows dog and cat rabies vaccinations once every three years. The bill goes to Gov. Bob Riley for his consideration to sign into law.

The bill passed both houses of the Alabama Legislature without a vote against it. "It's something everybody understands," Dixon said.
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That is great news. I hope they do it here too.
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Here too!! That is great news. It's the law here to have pets vaccinated against rabies, so there's no arguing out of it.

Thanks for sharing the good news!
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That is great news. I hope they do it here too.
BarbB,

Illinois has a 3 year law -- see below.

Kris

State of Illinois Rabies Laws

http://www.agr.state.il.us/Laws/Regs/AnimalActReg.pdf

Illinois Title 8 Part 30 Animal Control Act

Section 30.90 Recognized Immunity Period of Animal Rabies Vaccines


(c) .......Thus, when an animal rabies vaccine recognized as conveying a 3-year immunity is administered to a dog which is at least 1 year of age at the time of vaccination, that vaccination shall be recognized for a period of 3 years.
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I was just told by my vet recently that the 3 yr vacs are more volatile for the kitties. Dogs tolerate them better but cats tend to get more adverse reaction. They use a one yr for that reason. Even though it's more convienant for us to do a 3 yr if it's better for my cat I will do a one year rather than risk their health.
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I was just told by my vet recently that the 3 yr vacs are more volatile for the kitties. Dogs tolerate them better but cats tend to get more adverse reaction. They use a one yr for that reason. Even though it's more convienant for us to do a 3 yr if it's better for my cat I will do a one year rather than risk their health.
I have heard negative things, too because they use more vaccine with the 3 year. I do hope the choice will still be there for the 1 year rabies vaccine.
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That's awesome news!! Even though it's the law here to do rabies every year I still don't plan on following it, I don't care about the law I do whats best for my animal. He's indoor that's why I wouldn't risk it if he was outdoor.
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That's awesome news!! Even though it's the law here to do rabies every year I still don't plan on following it, I don't care about the law I do whats best for my animal.
Utopia,

Georgia state law is for a 3 year protocol (see below) not for annual boosters. All 50 states have now adopted the 3 year rabies protocol.

Georgia State Law, http://www.health.state.ga.us/pdfs/e...th%20Cover.pdf which states as follows:

Currently Vaccinated Against Rabies -- An animal is "currently vaccinated" adn is considered immunized against rabies if a vaccination certificate documents that the animal received a USDA-approved primary rabies vaccine from a licensed veterinarian at least 28 days previously and that booster vaccinations have been administered on an annual or triennial schedule, in accordance with the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control (see pages 50-60) or as described on the vaccine label.
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I was just told by my vet recently that the 3 yr vacs are more volatile for the kitties. Dogs tolerate them better but cats tend to get more adverse reaction. They use a one yr for that reason. Even though it's more convienant for us to do a 3 yr if it's better for my cat I will do a one year rather than risk their health.
Fifi1puss,

That is true only if your cat is given the non-adjuvanted rabies vaccine; otherwise, according to veterinary vaccine research scientists, your cat is receiving the same 3 year vaccine with a 1 year vaccine label (see quotes below).

The USDA allows vaccine manufacturers to relabel their 3 year rabies vaccines as 1 year products. This link http://www.calmanimalcare.com/vaccine.htm , you will be taken to the Calm Animal Care website, which has posted Colorado State University's Small Animal Vaccination Protocol for its veterinary teaching hospital, which states:"Even with rabies vaccines, the label may be misleading in that a three year duration of immunity product may also be labeled and sold as a one year duration of immunity product."

According to Dr. Ronald Schultz, Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, "There is no benefit from annual rabies vaccination and most one year rabies products are similar or identical to the 3-year products with regard to duration of immunity and effectiveness. However, if they are 1 year rabies vaccines, they must be legally given annually!. ( What Everyone Needs to Know about Canine Vaccines, http://www.puliclub.org/CHF/AKC2007C...20Vaccines.htm)

Dr. Schultz's challenge and serological studies on canine vaccines form a large part of the scientific data base upon which the 2003 and 2006 American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guidelines are based, as well as the 2007 World Small Animal Veterinary Association's Vaccine Guidelines. Dr. Schultz is currently conducting the concurrent 5 & 7 year rabies challenge studies for The Rabies Challenge Fund. http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/people/ronald%20d%20schultz

Canine Vaccine Update Dr. Craig Datz April 1, 2008 DVM360
http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com.../detail/562405
"..some brands of rabies vaccine are identical whether labeled as 1- or 3-year"
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