I was doing some light bedtime internet browsing and came across another veterinarian’s blog posting about 1yr vs. 3yr rabies vaccinations. I laughed a little. I cried a little. So I’m not accused of any sort of plagiarism, I will refrain from any cutting and pasting, but will merely provide a link to what I read: http://www.centralvets.com/blog/?p=1
I did cut/paste my comment below. By the time some of you read this I suspect the owner of the other blog will have deleted my response -but I will leave it here for the world to see.
wow, that was one of the more interesting rationales for 1 yr rabies vaccination. does anyone reading (or writing) this really think that 3 yr rabies protocols will actually result in an outbreak of rabies here in ny?? let’s set the record straight with some actual FACTS:
1) yes, rabies vaccination is required by law in NYS. you can read about NY rabies law here: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/zoonoses/rabies/
2) yes, giving a 3 yr rabies vaccine to a cat carries with it a five-fold increase in risk of developing a vaccine-related sarcoma (cancer) at the vaccination site. however, this is NOT because it’s a 3yr vs 1yr vaccine! the difference is that all rabies vaccines approved for 3yrs are adjuvanted vaccines, meaning they contain an additive to stimulate inflammation -basically to help the vaccine be more effective. as of right now ALL 3yr rabies vaccines are adjuvanted. MOST 1yr rabies vaccines are also adjuvanted. as of right now there is only ONE rabies vaccine that is non-adjuvanted (merial’s purevax rabies). it is for cats only and it is currently only approved for 1 yr. so that 5-fold increase in cancer risk is actually comparing adjuvanted vaccines to non-adjuvanted vaccines in cats -NOT 1yr vs. 3yr. in fact, if you use an adjuvanted 1yr rabies vaccine (any brand other than purevax) annually, your cat will be at FIFTEEN times the risk of developing a sarcoma (5 times 3). and, yes, that increased cancer risk comes with all feline adjuvanted vaccines, not just rabies. so ask your veterinarian what they’re injecting into your cat.
3) jean dodd’s protocol has been adopted by US veterinary schools. we were using that protocol as far back as 1999 when i was working at the cornell university veterinary teaching hospital. (that’s the year cornell stopped giving corona virus vaccine to dogs.) i could not find cornell’s dog vaccine protocol online, but here’s UC Davis’: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/small_animal/internal_medicine/vaccination_protocols.cfm their current protocol mirrors what i was doing at cornell over 10 years ago.
4) NYS law calls for a dog’s (or cat’s) first rabies vaccination to be a 1yr vaccination. subsequent boosters can be 3 yrs.
5) any one vaccine manufacturer’s 3yr-labeled rabies vaccine does not contain any more active ingredient than their 1yr-labeled rabies vaccine. i.e., merial’s imrab-1 and imrab-3 are the same cocktail with a different label on the vial. just remember that merial’s 1yr purevax is an entirely different beast.
done with facts. now some real world pragmatism: ask your veterinarian when he/she was last vaccinated against rabies. ask yourself: who is at greater risk of being exposed to rabies -your dog who sits at home alone most of the time or a veterinarian who handles several hundred dogs and cats (many who are not vaccinated) every month? THIS IS NOT TO SUGGEST THAT YOU VIOLATE STATE RABIES VACCINE LAW! -but does your dog need to be vaccinated in excess of what the law requires???