New research on rabies vaccines alters a common misconception

MANHATTAN, KS- New research recently done at Kansas State University could end up saving your furry friend’s life.

According to Kansas State Veterinarian, Dr. Mike Moore too many people have to say good-bye to their pets unnecessarily. “I get a lot of phone calls from people who are very sad that they’ve had to euthanize their animal because they can’t afford the quarantine,” Dr. Moore said.

Apparently its not only the money, but the emotional issues that cause people not to put their pets in quarantine. “No one wants to put their pet in a six-month quarantine and not see it for six months.”

But there’s more to this quarantine situation when your pet is exposed to rabies. If they are attacked, eat an infected animal or any other situation where they are exposed, they fall into two categories: vaccinated or not vaccinated.

If your pet is vaccinated and up to date on their rabies booster then they’ll just get another booster and they’ll be fine. However, if they fall into the not vaccinated category there could be a problem.

If your pet is even a few months out of date on their rabies vaccine they would fall into the not vaccinated category. If they do, then their options are limited. They’ll either be euthanized or they’ll face a costly six-month quarantine at your vet.

New research from Kansas State finds that pets with out of date vaccines do respond to rabies boosters though, the same way that a pet with current vaccines would. “Instead of routine vaccinations, we actually check our neutralizing antibody titers in the blood and if we call below a point, we’re boostered”, Dr. Moore said.

If that is the case then a 45 day at-home observation will be sufficient. Researchers like Dr. Moore hope that this will save the lives of pets and will lead to changes in the Veterinary industry where this neural virus is concerned. Dr. Mike Moore said, “It’s our hope in the future that pets will be allowed to be handled in the same way. There have been trials done that show over-vaccination or vaccination with certain products cause tumors and other health concerns and that could be a way to eliminate that.”

While the research at Kansas State is promising, an initial rabies vaccine is required in order for your pet to be protected from this deadly disease at all.


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