Compliance with rabies vaccination laws in the U.S.

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Old 10-26-2016, 01:52 AM
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Compliance with rabies vaccination laws in the U.S.

Hi,

as I am working on a paper I would like to know how many dog owners comply with anti rabies laws in the U.S. What percentage of owned dogs approximately are vaccinated against rabies either on a yearly or three year basis? Including dogs that formally are "a bit" overdue on their rabies vaccination but can be considered to have sufficient protection against rabies.

As far as I read on the internet (few reliable sources, thus my question) the percentage should be high, maybe in the low 90s or so. Do you think that could be correct?

Thanks you very much.

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Probably. We always complied with each dog. Hawaii where we live now is tabbies free.


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I'm not sure what the statistics are, I can only speak for myself. My dog is vaccinated against rabies every 3 years- as recommended by our vet.
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Everyone we know that has a dog, and of course ours, are in compliance with the law and their rabies inoculations.
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Both of mine are given their shots, no matter what they need, when they need them.
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You'll find that on a dog forum it'll be pretty skewed towards people who vaccinate and keep their dogs up to date. I work in a grooming salon in a part of Florida that is having a huge rabies problem right now and we require all customers show us proof of rabies vaccination before we do any services. I'd say about 75% of customers are pretty good about it, but a large portion of new customers don't realize their pet is out of date and a small portion even gets mad at us because they view it as unnecessary. I'd say because of our rabies problem here our numbers should be skewed with more people vaccinating however we also have a large population of tourists and snow-birds who don't vaccinate because their dog rarely goes outside except for the occasional grooming.
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Sort of hard to say since my total exposure to dogs is through veterinary clinics and about 99.9% of those dogs have current rabies vaccines.... but admittedly a skewed population. Dogs that are owned by people and not vaccinated for rabies are unlikely to be frequent visitors to a veterinarian.
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I agree, asking on a dog forum is probably not representative for all dog owners. But as there are almost no hard numbers as far as vaccine compliance is concerned there are few alternatives.

What I found is this (81% dogs at least one vet visit in 2011) and this (14% of dogs lacked required rabies vaccines in Eddy County, NM). Thatīs about it. In my book both sources support the estimate of about 90% rabies vacc compliance in the whole country.

I have no doubt, that you as members of a dog owners board comply with regulations but would like to ask you what you 'think' the overall record might be.

It is a bit speculative, I know, but I would appreciate your estimates nevertheless.

Thank you!

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You may get better numbers if you call a variety of shelters and see how many unvaccinated dogs they pick up annually. You could also call/email vet offices and ask how many dogs, annually, they see with overdue vaccinations.

Saying a number that we 'think' will be completely arbitrary and useless.
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