Vaccinating Your Pet for Rabies

It's important to vaccinate your pet. You want to make sure that they aren't going to get sick from something that you could prevent, as well as protected from things like rabies. When you go to get your pet vaccinations, you need to make sure that you are getting the right things at the right times. You don't need to update everything every time it's time for your pet to get their shots, some are a one-time thing. Rabies is one that you have to update regularly. 

1. What Is Rabies?

This disease is transferred from animal to animal. Generally, it happens because one animal bites another. Once your pet gets bitten by an infected animal and gets the infection, there is no treatment, and they are going to be stuck with a fatal disease. Unless you opt for humane euthanasia, your pet could end up having a very painful and confusing death. But, rabies is fairly easily treatable through vaccination and making sure that your pet is indoors is there is a rabid animal around. You can vaccinate your pet every year or every three years. 

2. How Do Vaccinations Help?

Most states require rabies vaccinations, at least for dogs. When you get your dog vaccinated, your doctor will give you a tag that you can put on your pet's collar. You may also have to register with the state, especially if you need to renew a license for your pet. Some states prefer that pet owners opt for a yearly vaccination for their pets because it increases the chances that the pet is covered and protected from rabies. With the longer vaccination time, there is a small chance that the protection may wear out over the years. You don't want that to happen to your pet, so if your state lets you use the longer period vaccination, make sure that you talk to your vet about any risks of the vaccination running out. The vet may suggest that you test your pet's blood every year to make sure that your pet has enough protection in their blood system. 

Making sure that your pet is protected from things like rabies or other illnesses is easy. All you have to do is make sure that you take them to the vet and get them vaccinated. For more information about pet vaccinations, contact local animal hospitals. They can help your pet remain healthy.