Sunday, December 11, 2011

Puppy's First Rabies Shot

The article before this post talks about a brief overview on Philippine doggy registration and its perks for dog owners living in certain cities. Owners get a free rabies vaccination once a year once they get registered in Marikina. In my city, rabies vaccination is free for all. All we have to do is go to the center where our address belongs to, wait in the line and viola, free rabies shot. Each area has a designated schedule.

Some US cities require their first rabies shot should be given at the age of 3-6 months of age. Giving it a younger age than the one cited above can be ineffective as the puppy's body won't be able to take action. Besides, at such age, they aren't often exposed to potentially infected animals. I'm sure this logic also applies in Philippines. Of course, the best way to determine when the best time would be is to ask the local vet. I'm sure they wouldn't charge anyone who'd call and ask.

According to my dog's proposed vaccination schedule (this is the little handbook given by the vet), the first rabies shot is to be given when Fido is 3 months old. A second dose is recommended when he's 9 months. After that, it is to be given annually.


  1. I got mine when I was 6 months old
    Dachshund Nola

  2. Hey again Nola. My doggies got their rabies shot before they turned a year old because I rarely bring them out of the house.

  3. In my state, the first rabies vaccination isn't allowed until 12 weeks I believe, since i always remember not be given until the second puppy booster. The normal boosters are 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks. But rabies is only given one time, and then you go back a year after the first puppy vaccination. If you go back a week before you are due for the yearly one, you can get the 3 year vaccination (the one that last for 3 years). I guess we didn't call early enough, because there weren't any appointments early enough for us to qualify for this shot, so we had to get the yearly one. We did however get the 3-year DAPP booster. I'm going to call even earlier next year so we can qualify.

  4. This is great info Y&R, I appreciate you sharing your state's widely accepted vaccination routine. I will be posting regarding our recommended dates as well but since this topic is a little too serious, I'm going to insert another light one.


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