01-01-2017, 07:03 PM
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The odds of something going wrong are very, very, low. When I got my first puppy, Shadow, 20 years ago, the general thinking was rabies vaccine every year along with all the other vaccines, so he was faithfully vaccinated against rabies every year or the first 10 years of his life. My other dog, Jersey, I got when she was already over 2, and Shadow was 3, so for 7 years she got the rabies vaccine every year. Once I moved to Texas I learned that the recommendations had changed and they now only vaccinate against rabies every 3 years after the first year (they get the vaccine as a puppy, then a booster a year later, then it's every 3 years), So basically I learned that for 10 years I over vaccinated my dog! Still Shadow lived to be 17 years 8 months, and Jersey to around 13 years. In case it matters to you, Shadow was around 24 lbs, and Jersey 44 lbs.
I now have a new dog Zody, he's only 9 lbs and is going on 4 years old. So far he's had the rabies vaccine twice and has had no reaction to it.
What you can do, and what I'm planning on doing, is asking your vet to stagger giving the vaccines by at least a couple of weeks, it might be easier on his immune system.
Once you are past the initial boosters for the vaccines you can ask about doing titers and only vaccinate against the diseases that the titers show a low immune response to. I do believe rabies is the only one that they are required to give on a set schedule, since rabies is communicable to humans, and is deadly, it's not something to mess around with.