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 Post subject: Post surgery rabies vaccination advice needed - pic added
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:39 pm 
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Hi everyone. I need some advice. Before Poppy's T11-T12 disc rupture and surgery, I had an appt scheduled for her with the holistic vet for a wellness exam and to discuss if she needs the DHPP vaccine since its been three years. A couple months later I was going to get her rabies vaccine. I always space the two vaccines out at least two months apart to lessen the risk of side effects. My problem is this - the rabies vaccine is required by CA every three years with immense fines if you don't do it. It expires in June. I'm just worried about assaulting her body while she's still recovering from surgery and her spine is healing. The DHPP vaccine can wait since she's housebound now anyway, or I could get a titer test for it. With the prevalence of IMHA in our breed, it scares me to death. Does anyone have any opinions or experience on this? Thx!

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The dang picture is right side up on my iPhone, right side up in my email (so I could resize the picture, but when I uploaded it here, it turned sideways! Anyone know how to avoid this?


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 Post subject: Re: Post surgery rabies vaccination advice needed
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Kim,
I thought the CA rabies law was amended this past year to allow for non-vaccination when the dog is not healthy.

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Me too !!!! Check...it would help if it could be postponed.

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 Post subject: Re: Post surgery rabies vaccination advice needed
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Ooh that's a good thought! You guys are the best! I will see if that's possible.

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I would definately get her titered for the DHPP-I have had 2 of my 3 titered at age 4 and they were very well protected, no vaccines probably ever needed again. As far as the rabies, in NH, if I miss the 3 years by even 1 day, then the 3 yr rabies becomes only a 1 year rabies and my dog would have to be revaccinated 1 year later-same shot, just calendar stupidity. Definately check it out whether if you are a day late if it becomes only a 1 yr vaccine.

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 Post subject: Re: Post surgery rabies vaccination advice needed
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Found there is a California exemption as of Oct 2011. Here's the wording from the OC Register re: the law.

Gov. Brown approved Molly's Bill on Oct. 7.

The bill, in part, states: "This bill would exempt from the vaccination requirement a dog whose life would be endangered due to disease or other considerations that a veterinarian can verify and document if the dog received the vaccine, as determined by a licensed veterinarian on an annual basis.

"The bill would also require a dog that is exempt from the vaccination requirement to be confined to the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer and would require, if the dog is off the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer, the dog to be on a leash not to exceed 6 feet in length and to be under the direct physical control of an adult."

So this exemption is required every year and then always kept on leash. I can do that. Heck I will just be grateful if Poppy can walk, let alone run around at a dog park. If she's able again someday to go to the dog park I will get a rabies vaccine for her. I will ask the neurosurgeon to give me a rabies exemption next visit. I suspect that he won't think it's dangerous for her to get a vaccine at this point, so I will take her to the local holistic vet if I have to, whom I KNOW will provide the exemption.

Thanks guys!

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 Post subject: Re: Post surgery rabies vaccination advice needed
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Did this make it statewide? I ask because when Mia's rabies shot came due in Feb 2011, my vet was able to write a waiver due to her being in remission from IMHA and we didn't need to give her any shots. Maybe you could get a waiver in some counties and in other not? :dk

Anyway, I am so glad Poppy doesn't need to get shots. You are so right to be cautious with her health and anything that can stimulate her immune system, especially now.

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Good! I guess this means Daisy can still visit California sometime! She won't be getting any more shots in her lifetime, which I know will limit where she can go, but... If I'm going to risk an IMT relapse it's will be when the day comes she has to have her eyes removed/abalated, NOT for a vaccination!


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I think things are pretty loosey goosey in Indiana........which could be good or bad.

When Onyx had cancer, my vet exempted him from the rabies vaccination and other routine shots. She said if anyone ever asked......tell them to call her. No paperwork. No one asked.

I would think there is something in place in every state for circumstances like this or similar.


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