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Dear Jana

Is Rabies vaccine required for all Pets viz Dogs, Cats, Horses as well as applicable to wild animals, Birds & Fishes?.


In the USA where I live, rabies is mandatory for canines only, but they are working on making it thus for cats as well.
Horses should be vaccinated for rabies if they are out on pastured land that borders wildlands but it's not a law. Cows as well.

Only warm blooded mammals can get rabies so fish and birds are exempt from that. There is no way to mandate or uphold laws pertaining to wildlife, nor do they have any vaccines that are very effective for wildlife.  

I do not know what the laws are where you live. However I do know that India has one of the highest rates of death from rabies in humans in the world.

Thousands of dogs are unvaccinated in India and roam the streets and dumps where humans scavenge and thus are often bit by these rabid dogs.

I would contact your local animal control or humane society or veterinarian to ask about the laws and regulations for your dogs and cats.  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


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I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

Audubon,World Wildlife Federation, American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians.


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