How Often Should Dogs Get Rabies Shots?

Your dog should always have a current rabies vaccination, and the duration of Fido’s rabies vaccine depends largely on local laws. Rabies vaccines typically last one year or three years, and your veterinarian should be able to review legal guidelines with you.

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Vaccination

The American Animal Hospital Association regularly updates canine vaccination guidelines, which state that dogs should initially receive their rabies vaccination as a puppy. Your dog needs to receive a booster within one year of the initial vaccine. The duration for the booster is one or three years, depending on laws and the vaccine manufacturer’s warranty. If Fido is not vaccinated appropriately, he may need to receive vaccines more frequently than every three years.

By Elizabeth Muirhead


References
American Animal Hospital Association: 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines

About the Author
Elizabeth Muirhead is a practicing veterinarian with an undergraduate degree in biological sciences. She has real-world experience with the husbandry, grooming, training and feeding a variety of household pets.