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Old 06-17-2011, 10:39 PM
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Giving Rabies vaccines at home?

Ok, so recently Andy went to the feed store to pick up hay for the bunnies and litter. He saw they had super cheap vaccines and one of those vaccines they carry is Rabies. In Maricopa County you have to register your pet through county, they do not recognize rabies vaccines given at home....but how in the world does this even make sense that is it legal to sell it then? Can someone explain that to me?

I do vaccines at home and would honestly LOVE to just give rabies here as well...and not register them LOL since that costs more money to do that.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:44 PM
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wow, I've never heard of anywhere around here selling the rabies vaccine. I honestly wouldn't even mess with giving that one at home since that's the one everyone is going to ask for if anything ever happens. I can't even take the dogs to the groomers here without the rabies certificate.
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Its not legal here.. Thats pretty crazy that they were selling it at the feed store!
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Well the only thing we have to worry about is if someone gets bit or if we want to continue going to the Pet expo's :P

I honestly hate the registering thing as the only way it even makes a difference is if your dog bites you, or if your dog bites someone with very little damage. If your dog bites someone pretty bad, not mauled, just bit, and your dog has a rabies vaccine it can still go into quarantine at the county pound. If your dog bites you, then they just have to hear about it so the dog can be on record for biting but can do an in house quarantine.

anywho, I would LOVE to give it here but I don't want my dog to ever go into county and accidentally get euthanized.
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Its not legal here.. Thats pretty crazy that they were selling it at the feed store!
yea...he even asked the dude who owns it if its legal and he said yes. It just doesnt make sense does it?
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It's legal here in Ohio to my knowledge. All of my pet store's have "5 way shots" or 7 way(I forget).It's includes rabies. Locally owned and chain stores here have them. So I'm pretty sure it's not illegal. I used those with Minnie ONCE and she had side effects that made her not eat and not feel good. She always has this with shots but I've never noticed that it was this bad so I will never do it again. I was just trying to save money but I would pay any amount of money to get my dog vet shots again. I will never put her through that again.
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It's legal here in Ohio to my knowledge. All of my pet store's have "5 way shots" or 7 way(I forget).It's includes rabies. Locally owned and chain stores here have them. So I'm pretty sure it's not illegal. I used those with Minnie ONCE and she had side effects that made her not eat and not feel good. She always has this with shots but I've never noticed that it was this bad so I will never do it again. I was just trying to save money but I would pay any amount of money to get my dog vet shots again. I will never put her through that again.
7 in 1's do not include rabies. Rabies is always a completely sep vaccine as far as I have ever seen
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I have the box it says rabies. It even came with a tag that says something about rabies vaccinations in 2010 and have a verification number...
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Here in my state, it is very legal to give your own rabies vaccines. You do not receive a tag and the animal is not registered with the local animal control registry. In some towns, like my town/county, where there is no animal control, animals are not required to wear a rabies tag. If an animal is found running loose without a rabies tag, it's only a $50 fine (in my area) thru the local sheriff's department.

In the major cities in my state, your animal should be registered through animal control, however you do have the option to give your own rabies vaccination, but it's stated that it's at your own risk, and that if your animal gets loose and does have not rabies vertification, you will be fined.

We have a local pet pharmacy that's attached to a large veterinary clinic in the city (and is co-owned by the clinic), and they sell all combo vaccines, and rabies vaccines, and is the main big animal pharmacy that fills veterinary prescriptions (and staffed with full-time pharmacists), plus prescription shampoo's, de-wormer, ect. That is where I get my dog's rabies vaccines, and I do give them myself. I've done it for years. In fact, all of them just received their rabies boosters 3 weeks ago. I only do combo's every 3 years.

I, personally, would never trust getting any vaccine from a feed store, though many of the feed stores around my area sell those vaccines. I would question whether they are properly handled and refrigerated correctly. I only trust getting them from the pet pharmacy, because as I said, it's a professional pharmacy with full-time licensed pharmacists, and is attached to a large multi-vet clinic, and I've used them for years. Way more trustworthy than a feed store.

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Feed stores sell them because their main customer base owns livestock. Livestock owners need to protect their animals from contracting rabies, but they don't have to register their animals and it's no where near economical to have a vet vaccinate every single animal.
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