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    I was told that the rabies vaccine is very hard on a dog's system and should not be given with the final 'puppy' shots ~ but should be held off and given 3 months afterward. ( wasn't told by a vet)
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    Absolutely true. I would wait until 6 months (if that is your state law), as the rabies vaccine has a fairly high reaction rate. If you wait, your puppy's immune system will be better equipped to meet the immune challenge from the vaccine. The immune system will also have a better chance at coping and serovonverting because you are only introducing one virus at a time.
    Multiple vaccinations are more of an immune challenge and can leave dogs, especially puppies, vulnerable to a lot of other disease. The practice of multiple vaccinations for people has been outlawed in more than one country because of this.
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    DefaultRe: Rabies vaccine question....

    Good to know! I'm not sure what the regulations here in Canada are but will check with my vet when I take her in for her first set of vaccines.
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    I'm in Canada...6 months in Ontario.
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    DefaultRe: Rabies vaccine question....

    I've lived in BC for almost two years now and I know the laws here on the rabies vaccine aren't as strict as Ontario (where I lived for 33 years) prior to moving here.

    So I will have to check with the vet ~ although I hear that Ontario is going to be changing or has recently changed from their yearly requirement. Is this true??

    But I am so happy you confirmed what I was told!
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    We live in BC and I'll have to look at my files but I'm pretty sure Fergus got his Rabies vaccine around 4 months old. It was done on it's own after all his puppy shots were done. I'll have to look it up and check for sure.

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    You are lucky ... our state requires Rabies vaccinations at 16 weeks.


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    I hear that Ontario is going to be changing or has recently changed from their yearly requirement. Is this true??
    I'm not sure about the yearly requirement across the board, I think each municipality sets its own rules? The 3 year rabies vaccine (IMRAB3) is available here and that's what Henry gets.

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    Yes, I know that three years is acceptable in Ontario.
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    DefaultRe: Rabies vaccine question....

    I'm in Ottawa, and Corby was vaccinated for rabies after he had all his other shots, at around 4.5 months.* The City of Ottawa web site states "All cats and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies - it's the law (Health Protection and Promotion Act) and in the best interest of your health and that of your family pet." Legislation appears to be province-specific, as rabies immunization regs are set out in the Health Protection and Promotion Act http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/regu/1...614/whole.html

    Don't know how it is in other provinces or territories.

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