March 14, 2012

INDIANA Petitions for Rabies Medical Exemption

Pet owners in Indiana have launched an online petition urging the state to grant rabies medical exemption for dogs and cats judged by a licensed veterinarian to be too stressed, ill or aged to withstand rabies vaccination.

This petition by responsible pet owners requests the Indiana State Board of Animal Health to include a medical exemption clause in the Rabies Immunization Rule 5 Section 345 IAC 1-5-1 for unhealthy animals whose medical conditions have been deemed by a veterinarian to preclude immunization against rabies. A medical exemption clause would allow Indiana’s veterinarians to write waivers for animals -- such as those who have had anaphylactic reactions to vaccination, or suffer from cancer, kidney/liver failure, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, grand mal seizures, and chronic autoimmune disorders -- whose medical conditions would be exacerbated by rabies vaccination. Fifteen states currently have medical exemptions: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If you are an Indiana resident or know a dog or cat owner in Indiana, please sign this important petition and share the link.

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