Rabies Vaccination Question Please

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    I am new here, but I am hoping to get some help right away with a rabies vaccination issue. I have a 9 year-old Westie named Chloe. Last December, she became ill with Pancreatitis and is now diabetic. She also suffers with a ragweed allergy from August throught November each year. Last Friday, I took her in to her Veterinarian to have routine bloodwork done and also x-rays because of some pain she is having in her right rear leg (turned out to be arthritis in the knee joint).

    As I was preparing to leave, the Doctor questioned me about her Rabies vaccination, which I already knew was past due. I explained that I did not feel that due to the Diabetes and her ragweed allergy, as well as the Pancreatits last December, that it was in her best interest to be vaccinated. Then I was told it was required by law. I insisted that I did not want to do it and could I have a Rabies Titer done instead. She agreed to do the test.

    My question is this……what will I do if the test does not come back as I hope it will? I have always been told that only a “Healthy” animal should be vaccinated. I have also been told that the package insert for the vaccine states this. Chloe is doing pretty well at this time, and I will not allow her to be harmed by this vaccine.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Heidi Nickell
    Staunton, Virginia

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    [quote=WESTIELOVER]what will I do if the test does not come back as I hope it will? I have always been told that only a “Healthy” animal should be vaccinated. [/quote]

    If she has had prior rabies inoculations, and if her immune system is functioning anywhere near “normal” then I would be willing to bet that the titer will be protective. In the very unlikely event that it is not, then Chloe’s medical conditions may preclude any other vaccinations. Ever.

    Talk to your vet about getting a waiver. Kris Christine in Maine [url]http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/researchers%20behind%20the%20challenge.html[/url] can help you further if necessary.

    Dr. Jeff

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