All About Rabies: Fact or Myth #6

Argument #6. Rabies protection expires immediately after the vaccination due date.

A myth. A due date is not an expiry date.

Even before a due date, antibodies will start to decline. A due date is therefore scheduled to re-immunize your pet (known as “booster shot”) to increase the number of antibodies to optimum protection level.

Protection is still present after a due date, but may wane within months, or possibly, years.

As responsible pet owners, it is still best that we check our due dates and immunize our pets within days thereafter

8 thoughts on “All About Rabies: Fact or Myth #6”

    1. Hi Jane. You have a very good question about rabies. Regarding your inquiry, you are talking about transfer of a disease from a mother to her babies in the womb. This is what we call “transplacental transmission.” Though rabid pregnant dogs are a rare case, there are already cases (skunk, human) in the past wherein transplacental transmission of rabies occurred. In other words: YES, it is possible for a pregnant female dog to transfer rabies viruses to its babies in her womb.

        1. No, I haven’t made mention of immunizing pups at 2-4 weeks of age. Minimum age for rabies vaccine administration is 12 weeks of age. But since there are no actual recorded cases of rabid dogs giving birth, we would have to assume pups from rabid dogs are shortlived, presumably dying before 12 weeks of age. The pups’ immunity are so weak, so I will just assume that rabies may manifest in infected pups in just a short period of time.

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