Rabies is a deadly illness, and vaccination is the only way to protect yourself and your pet. If your pet has been exposed to the disease, the vaccine will prevent them from contracting it. It is a core vaccine that is needed by law in most countries. Even if your dog or cat is an indoor-only pet, veterinarians recommend that you have it. Keeping your pet's rabies vaccines up to date is important for their welfare. Here's what you need to hear about rabies vaccines and what to expect in case your dog contracts it.


Rabies is a serious disease caused by a virus in the genus Lyssavirus that spreads from mammal to mammal very rapidly through the saliva of an infected animal through bites; even a minor bite or scratch can cause an open wound into which the virus can enter. In domestic animals, the incubation period is normally 3-12 weeks, but it can vary from several days to months. It can be treated immediately after exposure, but it is normally fatal once symptoms appear.


It's always important to know the symptoms of rabies in dogs so you can avoid the disease from progressing further. It may start with your dog's temperament changing, and then as the disease progresses, your pet can become aggressive and exhibit other odd behaviors.

Some other signs you should take into consideration: inappetence, difficulty swallowing, abnormal behavior, loss of coordination, paralysis, and seizures.


Although some rabies vaccinations are branded as being successful for one to three years, even though the vaccine's actual contents are the same, some states mandate annual vaccination regardless of labeling.


Any side effects may occur after receiving a rabies vaccine; they may arise within hours of the injection but should subside within a day or two. Fever, moderate pain at the vaccine site, and a reduction in appetite and activity level are all common side effects. If these symptoms last for more than a few days, you can contact your Lakeshore Vet and Pet Lodge veterinarian to help you and guide you on what to do next.

If your pet only needs a rabies vaccine, whether it’s their first time or a boost, you should still schedule a visit for your furry friend to Lakeshore Vet and Pet Lodge. Regular exams are the most important preventive measure that you can provide for your dog, and vaccinations are just one of the best ways you can help them.

For more information on rabies or scheduling a visit for your pet vaccinations at Lakeshore Vet and Pet Lodge in Mandeville, you can contact us today, our team of veterinarians will help you with all your questions! 

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