Year-Round Rabies Clinic

Rabies is a preventable, zoonotic (that which can infect both animals and humans) viral disease, which once contracted infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease to the brain and resulting in death.1 While rarely reported in humans in the United States, rabies remains a serious risk, both to humans and domestic animals.

For more information about this this potentially-fatal but preventable disease, including detailed vaccination information and additional prevention tips, see Rabies.

The control of rabies in the United States relies largely on the success of vaccination protocols both for humans and domestic animals.2 With regard to domestic animals, many states require rabies vaccination by law.

Connecticut state law requires owners of dogs or cats over the age of three (3) months to vaccinate their animal(s) against rabies and keep those vaccinations up-to-date.3

Furthermore, any animal vaccinated prior to one (1) year of age, or receiving an initial rabies vaccine at any age, must be considered protected for only one (1) year and must be administered a booster vaccination one (1) year after the initial vaccination.3

For these reasons, and in a concerted effort to aid in world-wide rabies prevention; we effectively offer a year-round rabies clinic. An examination is not required for participation in this initiative, providing your pet’s rabies immunization status is confirmed and an appointment scheduled in advance.

Rabies Immunization Status Questionnaire

In order to determine proper protocol in compliance with Connecticut state law and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations regarding rabies prevention, please supply the following information:

Potential Rabies Exposure Status (Please check all that apply):

My pet has not:

Vaccination Status (Please select one):


Incomplete!

You have not entered any information.

Incomplete!

Please complete your pet’s Potential Rabies Exposure Status information.

Incomplete!

Please complete your pet’s Vaccination Status information.

Please Notice

You must provide proof of previous rabies vaccination (even if expired); otherwise, per Connecticut state law, the rabies vaccine administered to your pet will be considered its first rabies vaccine and your pet must be considered protected for only one (1) year and a booster vaccination must be administered one (1) year after the initial vaccination.3

Participation
Before scheduling an appointment, please certify the information you previously provided by completing our Rabies Immunization Status Certification Form. (If you experience issues viewing or printing this fillable PDF form, please try the Standard PDF). If applicable, this form should be accompanied by health records from your previous or current veterinarian.

New Clients

To expedite both participation in our year-round rabies clinic and the check-in process, New Clients can also complete our New Patient Information Form. (If you experience issues viewing or printing this fillable PDF form, please try the Standard PDF). Please bring both completed forms, along with any medical records proving vaccination by your previous or current veterinarian (if applicable), and your driver’s license to your first appointment.

Please see additional information regarding our Hours & Appointments.

Please Notice

If your pet is under one (1) year of age, or receiving its first rabies vaccine at any age; per Connecticut state law, they must be considered protected for only one (1) year and must be administered a booster vaccination one (1) year after their initial vaccination.3

Participation
Before scheduling an appointment, please certify the information you previously provided by completing our Rabies Immunization Status Certification Form. (If you experience issues viewing or printing this fillable PDF form, please try the Standard PDF). If applicable, this form should be accompanied by health records from your previous or current veterinarian.

New Clients

To expedite both participation in our year-round rabies clinic and the check-in process, New Clients can also complete our New Patient Information Form. (If you experience issues viewing or printing this fillable PDF form, please try the Standard PDF). Please bring both completed forms, along with any medical records proving vaccination by your previous or current veterinarian (if applicable), and your driver’s license to your first appointment.

Please see additional information regarding our Hours & Appointments.

Additional Action Required

Your pet might not be eligible for participation in our year-round rabies clinic. Please call us at 203-378-8276 to schedule a consultation to determine what protocol will be necessary for your pet.

Rabies Prevention

Additional information regarding rabies prevention locally is available from Stratford Animal Control, statewide from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and nationwide from the CDC.

To learn more about rabies prevention globally, visit the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC). World Rabies Day, an initiative of the GARC to raise awareness about the impact of rabies worldwide, takes place annually on September 28th.

Prevention of Other Diseases

See Vaccinations we provide for the prevention of other diseases. Additionally, see information regarding the prevention of diseases caused by Fleas & Ticks, Heartworms, and Intestinal Parasites.

References

  1. ^ CDC – Rabies. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies. Published November 4, 2011.
  2. ^ CDC – Rabies in the U.S. – Rabies. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/location/usa. Published April 22, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c State of Connecticut: General Assembly. Conn Gen Stat Ch 435 § 22-339(b). https://cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_435.htm#sec_22-339b. 2009.