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NedF
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« on: July 11, 2011, 09:32:38 PM »

My vet is requiring a rabies vaccination for any cat that is boarded there. Since I may have to travel at short notice I might have to get my kitties vaccinated. They haven't had a Rabies vaccine because they are indoor only and always will be. I was wondering if there is any vaccine that is safer to use. Because Thunder was sick for a long time I don't remember getting a Rabies vaccine for her. She must have had it when she was a kitten. Anyway, I'm a little worried since I read a bit online that talked about injection site cancer.
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011, 04:39:38 AM »

Ned,
I have our cats (except Grub, who is 17) get the rabies vaccine.  Even though they are indoor, because of laws, boarding, liability, and because we get occasional wildlife in the house (the red squirrel running around the living room was an adventure I don't want to repeat).

I request Merial PUREVAX non-adjuvanted vaccine for rabies.  My vet has to order it, because her other clients prefer the 3-year vaccine.  Even though it has to be given each year, I feel it is safer; My vet agrees. Site of injection should be right rear leg for rabies vaccine.

More info at this thread:

http://itchmoforums.com/veterinary-and-medications/best-company-for-rabies-vaccinefeline-t9289.0.html

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011, 05:03:04 AM »

My state requires rabies vaccination, unfortunately.  (Although since my cats are indoor-only, and studies have shown that immunization lasts much longer than was formerly thought, I don't do it as often as recommended. And if a cat is over 10-12, or has any sort of reaction at all, I don't get the vaccination again; my vet, in fact, recommended this.)

I strongly second the vote for Purevax, which my vet also prefers.  Most of the correlation between cancer and rabies vaccine is with the adjuvanted vaccine, which contains a chemical that causes extra irritation at the site to provoke a stronger immune response.  Purevax doesn't have that, and studies show it is less likely to cause the vaccine-related cancers.

Purevax is supposed to be given yearly and that would probably be the case if you are trying to satisfy requirements for boarding, etc.
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011, 09:06:40 PM »

Thank you for the replies! I know I shouldn't worry so much about these things but it seems like the older I get the more I worry! I'll ask my vet about the Purevax. I'm pretty sure that's the one they use now. Thankfully I don't have to rush to Hawaii right away like I thought last night.
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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2011, 01:20:32 PM »

This is "Tuck's" latest blog about rabies vaccinations.  I, too, am concerned about the possibility of cancer or other medical problems resulting from rabies vaccinations.  Tuck gets a 3-year rabies vaccine. with great reluctance I must add.  But, I also worry about the flip side, as we have lots of squirrels, possums, bats, etc.  When my cats were alive, they received Merial Purevax with no problems.   But this is what can happen when, in this case a dog, is not vaccinated.  Take care,
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Rabid Dog in Cherokee County GA Exposes 11
As reported in the local news: On July 1, 2011, eleven people (two of which were reported to be the dogs owners)  from Cherokee County and nearby counties had to undergo treatment for exposure to rabies.  Why???  The dogs owners failed to vaccinate their dog against rabies.  Apparently the dog bit its two owners, which then exposed the 9 other people that were at the home to include the dog owner's children and out of county visitors.  This dog died a horrible death suffering from rabies.  This dog is reported to have also bitten a pig, which then had to be euthanized.  Tuck's reader's know that Tuck is against over vaccinating dogs--but that he strongly supports getting dogs vaccinated for rabies.   Rabies vaccinations are sponsored in Cherokee County at Pet Stores, private pet foundations and organizations, and at county supported events, often for a minimal fee usually averaging $7 to $10 dollars.  Events are even offered whereby neither you nor your dog have to get out of your car, you just "drive thru" and your pet can be vaccinated at this minimal cost.  Tuck understands that there are families that cannot afford to pay for a vet visit and a vaccination, which normally runs about $75 - $80 dollars.  However, if you can afford a cell phone or cable TV, then there is no reason you cannot pay $7 to $10 for a rabies vaccine!  If not, then you should not take on the responsibility of bringing a dog into your life.    This failure to expend $7 - $10 has resulted in pain and suffering for this dog, loss of life for this dog and the pig, and pain and suffering and probably extensive medical bills for this family and their friends for  undergoing rabies treatment.  Please make sure your dog has a rabies vaccine.  If you are as concerned as Tuck is about over-vaccinating, you can ask your vet for a Titer test, keeping in mind that Georgia Law requires a rabies vaccine at least every three years.

Take Care, Ya'll,

Tuck the Law Dog
http://wwwgeorgialaw.blogspot.com
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2011, 01:40:41 PM »

JudyM, thanks for posting this. Rabies is still out there and does pop up from time to time. I have concerns about the vaccinations being every year, but still feel some protection is needed.
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2011, 03:38:07 PM »

BAts also can carry rabies, and they are in our homes.
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