Making Sure Pet's Shots are Up to Date

We inherited a 10 year old Lhasa Apso and we don't have any health records on her. She was transported by air between states 3 years ago, so we know her health records were up to date at that point. What do we need to do to have her legal in Florida now?

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By Shelley from Fort Myers, FL

December 30, 20090 found this helpful

I think your best bet would be to contact your local humane society. They'd probably know what you need to do to get your dog "legal". Either that or just contact a local vet's office and ask them.

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

Call any veterinarian's office in your town and they can tell you. Most likely all you'll need is a rabies vac. to be "legal" but ask them.

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January 2, 20100 found this helpful

Rabies is the only dog vaccine required by law. Most states require a rabies vaccine every 3 years. Some states or counties will accept a rabies titer (blood test to check for antibodies). This is a much safer route for your dog.

As for the other dog vaccines do your research. If your dog has had exposure to a virus or previous vaccinations it is likely that she has developed lifelong immunity. Here are a couple articles to start educating yourself on dog vaccinations-- http://www.caberfeidh.com/Revax.htm

http://truthaboutvaccines.org/articles.html

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January 5, 20100 found this helpful

Take her to a vet. He will know what to do. If you have had her for three years, she's overdue for protection for dangerous diseases. Florida requires yearly license and rabies vaccine. You can get a 3 year rabies vaccine in some cases, but the license is a yearly requirement. You must see the vet at least once a year to satisfy the law and the pets health requirements. It's worth it because if you take the dog once a year, they usually stay healthy, at least that has been my experience. I live in FL also.

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