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Old 02-19-2019, 03:36 AM
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Over Vaccinating help

Hello all. I have a question for the people who live in states that REQUIRE a rabies vaccine. I have a 3 year old pekingnese mix. When he was a puppy, he was vaccinated for rabies twice within a 6 month period. He is only ten pounds now, and I know he really doesn’t need another one. I would like to get his teeth cleaned, but of course our vet requires a rabies vaccine, and I really would like to avoid that at all cost.

So my first question is, is their anyway to get out of it? I live in New York, so I know I legally have to. I hate to put anymore unneeded chemicals into his little body..

Second question, is it worth even getting his teeth cleaned, if he has healthy teeth? I’ve been brushing his teeth daily for about a year. He has no tarter, or red gums. But I know you people recommend it anyway.

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You can get titers to see his immunities. Some vets will do it and some will charge ridiculous fees so you can look online how to order them yourselves. It's good to know if he has immunity since rabies is fatal with no cure. You don't want to mess around. Two rabies vaccines as a puppy is standard I believe. And they do require three year immunization. If he gets bitten by a rabid raccoon you're going to want him to have full coverage.

I still vaccinate my almost thirty year old horse despite her health issues and many allergic reactions. She goes outside and could encounter a wild animal any time. Not likely but I had a rabid skunk come into the barn once and chase me. Pretty scary.
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Rabies is the only vaccine required by law in most state because it is fatal to all mammals. Laws are hard to change for that reason. No one can predict if their pet will come in contact with wildlife that is infected with the virus. https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/other.html
I vaccinate all my pets (dogs, cats and horses) including my 6 and 7lb dogs against rabies. As far as having a dental done on your dog depends on the condition of the mouth. Small breed dogs are unfortunately more prone to dental disease. Here is a visual chart: http://www.efoza.com/postpic/2012/12...ase_416805.jpg Both of my Maltese have had dentals done. Hercules (the smaller of the two) has had three done and is 8 years old. His genetics for dental health are poor. Squeak has had two and is 10. I do not brush their teeth so you are ahead of the game. You could buy a hand scaler and keep up with the dental care at home. https://www.amazon.com/Majestic-Bomb...tal+dog+scaler
The vet requires the rabies vaccine for any surgical procedure (including dentals) because of the exposure of blood and tissue. Also as animals wake up from anesthesia they will sometimes panic and bit because they are disoriented.
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You could buy a hand scaler and keep up with the dental care at home. https://www.amazon.com/Majestic-Bomb...tal+dog+scaler
last time I saw this recommended a vet tech said that doing it yourself increases gum disease due to something about the risk of introducing more bacteria under the gums and leaving groves that haven't been polished out as I recall.
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As already mentioned, Rabies vaccine is mandated, in most, if not all states. As far as teeth, have your Vet examine his teeth to see if he even needs intervention. Ours had her teeth cleaned when she was three years old, since then I have faithfully brushed her teeth daily, she is now ten years old, our Vet when he checks her, always examines her teeth and continues to say she needs no intervention. She has all her teeth, all are very white and she shows no plaque buildup.
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You could buy a hand scaler and keep up with the dental care at home. https://www.amazon.com/Majestic-Bomb...tal+dog+scaler
last time I saw this recommended a vet tech said that doing it yourself increases gum disease due to something about the risk of introducing more bacteria under the gums and leaving groves that haven't been polished out as I recall.
I actually have that exact scraper! I use Leba III and that. I don’t pick his teeth everyday, I just Leba his teeth, and pick only when I see tarter growth.
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