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Kris Christine
18th March 2008, 11:51 AM
To update you, there is an article in today's (3/18/08) Wichita Eagle by Diane McCartney entitled: [/FONT]
Are annual shots a risk for dogs? Many wonder why city requires 3-year rabies vaccine yearly
http://www.kansas.com/news/story/344780.html
The following quotes are from that article:

Most veterinarians, including those in Wichita, use a rabies vaccine for dogs that is guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to give immunity for three years.

That's why Michael Nawrocki, president of the Wichita Veterinary Medical Association, calls yearly rabies vaccinations "overkill."
"Every animal, whether they get the one-year or the three-year vaccine, it's the exact same vaccine; it's good for three years," Nawrocki said.

If the vaccine is good for three years, why does the city of Wichita require pets to be vaccinated every year?

Kay Johnson, director of the city's department of environmental services, says irresponsible pet owners are to blame.

Until we see better compliance with vaccinations in general, I'm not inclined to relax our position" on the yearly vaccine, she said.
It's insane for them to go through this every year," said Christopher Hesse of College Hill Animal Hospital.

Requiring all dogs to be vaccinated annually because some people don't take their dogs in for shots is "ludicrous thinking," Hesse said.

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If you would like to see the national 3 year rabies protocol adopted, you can contact Kay Johnson at [/B]http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-legisportal/redistricting.do[/URL]

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