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?
By Shelley from Fort Myers, FL
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.
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.
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
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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