|Barked: Wed Sep 11, '13 6:59am PST |
|I don't like California's vaccination laws.
But, for the record, let us quote the law correctly. (link to the law at the bottom)
It does NOT require puppies to be vaccinated BY 12 weeks.
It does, however, allow Veterinarians to vaccinate as early as 12 weeks.
Each town will issue a license after a puppy gets rabies vaccine. If a town requires license at 3 months, that town would be forcing vaccination by 3 months. Towns require dogs and puppies that have not yet been vaccinated for rabies to be confined to their owners property.
OFF the subject, but an interesting story of stupidity…..
There was a case in Connecticut a few years ago: A Golden Retriever puppy (approx 3 months old) was regularly tied outside to eat and go potty. (It was November and cold so the family couldn't be bothered to feed and walk their new puppy.) The original report was the skunk bit the puppy. The Vet said this was not the case, as no wounds of any kind were on the puppy. Later the family admitted the puppies dish was left out and the family saw a skunk eat out of the dish. (Rabies can be contracted by contact with saliva, brain tissue, and possibly other body parts of a sick or dead animal. Skunks and bats are the most common carriers) The puppy had contact with a total of 28 people, all of whom had to have rabies shots as a precaution.
You can imagine the heat the lazy family took for putting a little puppy out, rather than feeding it inside and walking it on the leash, or at least supervised.
We have bear, dear, bobcat and coyote in CT, even in city areas. Tying a pet out is like staking a goat out to bait Lions…..
Connecticut does not require license until 6 months. Rabies vaccine can be given as early as 12 weeks, but typically closer to 16 weeks.
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