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How much do rabies shots cost for dogs?
Q. I was told my dog’s first rabies shot should be about $60 and the second about $70. I just paid $70 for each, so am I going to have to pay $140 to have the rabies shots done, or is this price based on a different kind of shot, a different time of year, or another thing?
A. There is no price tag on being prepared to protect your dog from rabies.
What can be learned about rabies from the news?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a study published in 2011 found that people who received a free vaccine in the United States had a 90 percent chance of remaining free of the disease.
“Most people think you can get it if you pet a bat, or that it’s very common for people to get bitten by dogs or to get bitten by bats,” says William Schaffner, MD, an infectious diseases specialist and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “You can get bitten by cats, too, but you’re much less likely to get bitten by cats.”
“That’s all great if you’re not going to get bitten,” he says. “But if you do get bitten, you need a vaccine to prevent the disease from becoming more serious.”
How to reduce your risk
As you read the rest of this story, ask yourself if it’s possible that you are being bitten, scratched, scratched up, or bitten by an animal that you don’t know about.
You also should be aware that your state may have restrictions on where and when dogs may be kept or may have restrictions on the type of dog.
Some states may also have restrictions on whether or not a particular type of dog may be kept in your yard, or whether or not you may keep a pet in your house, garage, or backyard.
For more information on whether your state has restrictions on dogs, visit the website of the state where you live.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that you should ask your veterinarian about any of these things, or contact your county or city public health department for more information.
How do the vaccines work?
Rabies is a vaccine-preventable disease, meaning that if your dog or cat has had a shot, it will likely not get rabies.
The most common way dogs and cats receive a rabies vaccination is by having them get a series of shots, generally a series of two.
This vaccine consists of three vaccines:
A puppy/kitten series vaccine
A puppy/kitten series vaccine
A booster series vaccine
The first is the initial series of three injections. In the United States, this is often in the second or third week of life.
The second is a booster series, generally a series of three shots, about six to eight weeks later. In the United States, this is recommended to be the second vaccination for most breeds of dogs.
The third is called a rabies virus (or rabies) glycoprotein (rabies glycoprotein) vaccine. This is a vaccine for older dogs and cats and is the only rabies vaccine that will provide protection from rabies in animals that have not received a previous rabies vaccination.
In some parts of the world, it is the standard of care to vaccinate dogs yearly (see below).
The advantage of giving your dog three shots is that it will build up the immunity from the first two. So if your dog is exposed to rabies, it will be less severe.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that a rabies vaccination be given at eight to 10 weeks of age.
At six to eight weeks of age, your veterinarian should administer the second shot.
At 10 weeks of age, your veterinarian should administer the third shot.
As an alternative, you can give two rabies vaccines, one at two to six months of age and another at 11 to 14 months of age.
If your dog is older than 14 months of age, the CDC recommends rabies vaccination every two years.
“If a pet owner wants to give a second series of shots, they should get them as soon as possible,” Schaffner says.
The goal is for your dog to get three shots in three months. “If they’re going to get three shots in three months, they’ll get them in three weeks,” he says.
If your pet is older, the CDC says it is OK to have your veterinarian administer rabies shots every other year.
It may take the pet about four or five months to become fully immune after getting the three shots.
If your veterinarian does not have your pet’s records, he or she may ask about the pet’s age.
“But most veterinarians have records that they’ve kept on the pets they’ve treated,” says Mary H. Satterfield, PhD, a veterinarian and immunology researcher at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. “They’re more likely to remember that a dog was 8 years old when they administered a rabies vaccine than that the pet was 5 years old,” she says.
How to know if your dog needs a booster shot
If you have a vaccinated dog and it is still showing symptoms of rabies, it’s possible that your dog is still not completely immune from rabies.
“If you do get bitten,” Schaffner says, “you’re going to need a rabies vaccine, so you can try to prevent the disease from becoming more serious.”
For example, if you get scratched by a cat, a dog could get rabies from a cat scratch or lick. If that happens, you will need a