June 18, 2010

Humane Society Vets Counter Health Dept Opposition to California AB2000

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association has protested the California Department of Health opposition to AB 2000 granting rabies medical exemption to dogs and cats deemed at risk from repeat rabies vaccination. The money quote:

 Although canine rabies vaccine labels may not enumerate contraindications, the labeling instructions on vaccine products clearly instruct veterinarians to vaccinate only healthy dogs. A small number of companion animals have medical conditions for which vaccination is life‐ or health‐threatening and thus, inappropriate. In these cases, a dog’s particular exemption from rabies vaccination would be individually substantiated by a veterinarian, and under these stringent circumstances, we do not foresee the submission of illegitimate or frivolous requests.

The Rabies Challenge Fund has posted a letter on its Facebook page. Read it.

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