Rabies Shots for Puppies

Rabies is a contagious and deadly viral disease that causes acute encephalitis in infected organisms. As a preventive measure, the law requires all domestic dogs to be vaccinated to protect not only the pet but also its owner. For those who have recently bought a Chihuahua, a Maltipoo puppy, or any other breed of young dog, it is important to remember to have them vaccinated for this disease.

The vaccine for rabies does not prevent rabies per se but instead triggers an immune response in a dog’s body— that is producing antibodies that fight off the virus. Usually, pets that receive an anti-rabies shot has a rapid and potent immune response that he can be protected for fourteen days after the vaccine was administered. This preventive measure is considered 100% effective if administered properly.

According to experts, a puppy should receive its first rabies vaccination between 16 and 26 weeks of age. Ideally, a rabies booster must be administered one year later. Booster protocols vary from State to State and pet owners should consult with their local clinics for scheduling and other important information regarding anti-rabies shots.