Dog Rabies eliminated from the US
That title is correct federal health experts in Atlanta today are expected to announce that the Canine Rabies Virus has been eliminated from the United States and Canada. There has not been a case of Canine Rabies in 2 years. Heres a link to a news story about it –
Canine rabies wiped out, experts say
So does that mean you should not have to vaccinate your dog for rabies anymore?
Unfortunately no. There are other strains of rabies virus that your dog can still contract with skunks, raccoons and bats being the top carriers of the disease. However I do hope that it will cause some looking into how often we should vaccinate our dogs for rabies. There is on going studies right now with Dr. Ron Schultz at the University of Wisonsin – Madison to determine the actual length of immunity that a rabies vaccine has for a dog. At this point the intial results appear likely that your dog will be immune for 5 to 7 years after receiving a rabies vaccine. For more information check out this site – Rabies Challenge Funddog health, rabies vaccine, rabies virusVet Directory