Many areas have laws that require dogs and cats (and sometime ferrets) to be vaccinated against rabies. In Ontario these Regulations mean all dogs and cats three months of age and older must be immunized. These laws help protect both pets and people from this deadly disease. Check with your veterinarian to learn local requirements and to find out what he or she recommends. Failure to provide proof of current immunization for your pet may result in a fine. Except in certain rare cases, a veterinarian needs to examine a pet before the vaccine is given.
Because of rabies laws, control and prevention programs, and pet owners’ cooperation, domesticated pets in North America rarely become infected with this disease. By keeping your pet up-to-date on his or her rabies vaccination, not only are you protecting your pet, but you’re also helping to eradicate rabies from the pet population in your community