June 16, 2010

Colorado Approves Rabies Medical Exemption Effective 3/02/10


Great news for Colorado pet owners. In mid-January, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) finalized rules regarding rabies vaccine exemptions for dogs and cats. These state that Colorado veterinarians may waive rabies vaccination for animals in their care who suffer acute or chronic disease or who have a history of adverse reactions to the vaccine.

To read the article that appeared in the 2010 #1 issue of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Voice, click here for a PDF version. The law, the rules and the waiver form are all available on the CDPHE website at www.cdphe.state.co.us/dc/zoonosis/rabies.
 
For any other questions regarding the form and how it works, please contact Dr. Elisabeth W. Lawaczeck, State Public Health Veterinarian, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
 
H/T: Kris Christine, The Rabies Challenge Fund

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

1-25-12
Darling Aimees Mom,
I can not thank you enough for the information I found on your site. Our four year old Daush. had a serious reaction to a triple combination injection of rabies, distemper and bordella. We were frantic knowing our eleven year old, new boy Ollie, was due to have his rabies shot. My adult son and I spent hours on the computer searching for a reasonable alternative. I found mention about an exemption but was frustrated after three vets told me they knew nothing of the exemption and gave me all kinds of stupid reasons why he should have the shot. Oh, I forgot to mention he has no teeth, not even one!! FINALLY I arrived at a list of Holistic vets and found one who gladly said yes to writing the exemption. Using your site we downloaded the wavier and now have Ollies signed form in our hands. She, the Vet. would have made it without an end date but the wavier states it is only good for three years. So the end of the story is don't give up finding what is right and what is humane and mostly what is good common sense. Thank you again. Bonnie

Anonymous said...

No one can FORCE you to take your pets to the vet to receive a rabies shot. There aren't animal control officers who come around to peoples houses to do rabies tag checks. If your pet has had bad reactions to the vaccine and aren't in a situation where they would/could hurt someone or become infected with rabies then do what you feel is best for your pets. Someone who sits behind a desk all day can't tell you what's best for your loved one, or rather what you MUST DO without question for them. Its ridiculous. I hate how so many people think they can tell you what you can/can't let your pets do but then when someone abuses animals and hurts them physically/mentally they get a slap on the wrist. Give me a freaking break.

Pamela Picard said...

There are some places where animal control checks pet licenses door to door. You're lucky that this is not in your area.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anonymous that no one can force you to take your pets for a rabies shot. The research is very clear that most all pet immunizations last for many years, possibly even the animal's lifetime. Vet's love the fact that we over-react and over-vaccinate our pets - more money for them and the drug manufacturers. Instead of making us spend hundreds of dollars on vaccinations and putting our pets at risk for adverse reactions, we should be able to have our pets titer checked at a reasonalbe rate and timetable. Unfortunately with the existing state regulations those of us who choose to follow the research and protect our pets must take the risk of getting in big trouble if someone is bitten or harmed.

Anonymous said...

My dog got out and picked up by an Animal Control Sheirff, so now I am required to have him licensed with my county and in order to renew the license he has to be UTD on his rabies vax. But he is always itchy and I feel it is a reaction from the first (or second) rabies vax he got from the adoption agency. Thank you for posting about the CO waiver, I will be putting that to use soon.
-S

Anonymous said...

There are some that can force the issue... in our case, we are in the process of adoption and well, it's part of the gig. I'm hopeful that the state will honor the exemption and it won't delay the adoption.

Tori said...

Nobody can force you to have your pets vaccinated, but it is still against the law to not have them vaccinated for rabies. Moreover, if you ever want to go to dog events, enter your dog in shows or competition, have your pet boarded or groomed, seen by some vets, or pick up your impounded dog, it will need to be up to date on rabies. One of my dogs has had vaccine related hair loss in the past. She lost a fairly large patch of hair when vaccinated the first time nearly two years ago and it has yet to grow back (and never will), so I will definitely be looking into this in the future.

Noelle V said...

I would love to know which holistic vet you went to