My dog already had a rabies vaccine as a puppy, is it okay that the vet gave her another one recently?

My 11 year old peekapoo (17 lb) recently had a fatty tumor removed and was spayed. While there the vet gave her a rabies shot according to the papers I received afterward. She already had her rabies vaccination when she was a puppy. Will this harm her?

Asked by Carla

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Carla, puppy vaccinations need to be boosted regularly to maintain your dog’s immunity to disease so if your girl is now 11 years old and her last rabies vaccination was when she was a puppy then she was definitely due for a booster. It’s appropriate that another vaccination was given.

Rabies vaccines are licensed based on how long immunity is expected to last after they’re given to a pet. Some are licensed for yearly use and others are licensed for three yearly use. It would be a good idea to speak to your vet to check how long the vaccine that was given to your girl is expected to last and when she’s due for a rabies booster.

Vaccine reactions do occur but they’re rare. In my experience, the most common reaction to vaccination is a little soreness at the site of the injection or a generalized feeling of lethargy and discomfort. Less commonly, dogs develop some facial swelling and hives. These reactions don’t last long at all. This rabies vaccination is very unlikely to harm your pet and will help to protect her from a fatal disease.
| 06.09.16 @ 13:16
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Carla — thank you for your answer. I feel more at ease. I had thought it was a one time vaccination. | 06.09.16 @ 17:28
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 08.20.17 @ 19:21
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Answered by angelakeck
I don't know if it's the same everywhere, but where we live it's actually a law that you have to administer a rabies vaccine annually (or as Dr. Audrey said every 3 years) and submit documentation. It's required that the dog will wear a tag displaying that they've had the vaccine. It sounds like your vet did what was required and might have kept you from getting a citation if there is a similar law in your area. | 06.09.16 @ 17:58
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Carla — I don't think we have that law here because I have never been asked. I had changed vets recently but she had her tags on her collar. Thanks for the information. I will surely keep her updated with her shots. and looking into our laws and better educating myself on my furbabies. Thank you for replying. | 06.09.16 @ 18:49
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 08.20.17 @ 19:21
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