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Old 03-21-2013, 08:05 AM
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I'd go for a three year vaccine. Where I live that's standard and a legal requirement. Most likely that protection even last longer. I never heard of any dog having any problems after getting a three year rabies shot so should be safe.
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Check city/county ordinance. whichever handles licensing. My state just requires a vaccine for rabies to be licensed, but does not say 1 or 3 year. Cities and counties decide individually of they will accept only 1 year or both 1 and 3 year. Up until about 4 years ago my city wouldn't take a 3 year certificate and you had to get yearly. Now they take both.

Here the vets do a 1 year for the first vaccine and then will do 3 year vaccines if you ask. I get min the 3 year.
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Yikes! OK, deff leaning more towards the 3 year now.

Ugh, I sounded so one-sided in my OP. I've heard of the cancer risks (among other things) and overwhelming their system. I knew the makeup of the vaccines were the same, but I'd thought the one-year had a smaller/weaker amount of solution. I guess I just feel "better safe than sorry" and "everything causes cancer" when it comes to vaccines (except for bordetella - I don't get flu shots, and I don't see the point in getting the equivelent for my dog).

The 3-year's accepted by law here, and I hear mixed things about the rates of contracting rabies. Since I plan to do more trails and hikes with her, that hightened the risk of contact with a raccoon or skunk.

I've heard if the formula isn't measrued right though, that the vaccine may not last, though properly it should. What's the chance of that?

She had the 1 year rabies as a puppy, and got the 1 year last year. If I do the 3 year for the rest of her life, will the cancer risk be that much higher because of the two one year shots?

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I believe the standard response, if the dog may have been exposed, is a booster and a short quarintine (which can often be done at home ), but your vet could tell you for sure.

In most, if not all, cases in the US, the vaccine comes in pre-measured doses. So the vet doesn't have to fiddle with measuring.

Theres not been enough research on the cancer rates, but I'd not consider that to be a signifigant increase in risk (that she had an extra one year shot).

Edit: where are you hearing mixed things about th vaccine and getting rabies?
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If your dog gets in a tousle, get a booster within 24hrs. It'll be with a 1 year vaccine. The only dogs I know that get one-year vax every year are hunting dogs since their risk is much higher, but even that may be overkill.

There is little real evidence to support the cancer risk regarding dogs and vaccines but it is true for sure in cats. I have not yet seen a dog sarcoma from a vaccine. I have seen about 5 or so cats with them... To the point where I do t even microchip my cats.
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I agree with the above; in fact, I don't know that I trust the vaccines at all. I will never, ever get rabies shots for my guys every year.
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I agree with the above; in fact, I don't know that I trust the vaccines at all. I will never, ever get rabies shots for my guys every year.
Just to be clear: the vaccines for rabies, parvo, distemper etc are excellent vaccines and confer excellent immunity to to the targeted diseases. I'm not advocating for vaccinating patients every year, but I dont want people reading this statement and thinking that the core vaccines are hit or miss with respect to their efficacy.

There are some vaccines (like the kennel cough vaccine) that do not provide comprehensive protection against its target, however Rabies and DA2PPV vaccines are 100% necessary, and if puppies are boosted properly, they should have 99.9% protection against these diseases.

I am using serum titres more and more these days to test whether boosters are necessary... it is a little more expensive then just administering the vaccine, but many clients are very happy spending the money on the titres and boosting vaccines if necessary.
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