1 year vs. 3 year rabies shot for cats

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by bock, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    It is time to take my 13 month old indoor cat to the vet for her rabies shot. My dad's friend's wife is a vet, and she said the cats only need a rabies shot every 3 years, but our vet only offers the yearly shot. Is there really a difference between the two shots, or is the one year shot just a scam? If there is a difference, is the three year shot harder on their bodies? We might consider switching vets if the three year shot is better for our pets. Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    The first shot they get is the 1 year shot. After a year, they can have the 3 year shot.
  3. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2009
    I have a friend who does reduced vaccinating (I do too, to some degree) and she says the 3 year shot has a higher instance of cancer? I haven't really looked into it much. She gets the yearly shot. I took one of our dogs to the vet yesterday to get his yearly shot (he had one a year ago as a puppy) and I asked to get the 1 year shot because I couldn't remember the exact date he had it the year before (when he was at the rescue) and she said it was the same shot, they just either give it every year or every three years. I haven't really been interested enough to look into it.
  4. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I do believe they are also the same shot. Around here dogs can get rabies every three years but cats have to have them every year - go figure...
  5. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I would get the vaccine product insert for each and compare the ingredients. If I had to do the shots I would probably go with the 3 year since I remember my cats getting very ill each time we vaccinated them.I would want to spread out the stress on their bodies by doing it every 3 years. Best wishes!
  6. Mom 2em All

    Mom 2em All Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Southeast Michigan
    I am a veterinary technician and work at an animal hospital.
    We do it this way:
    dogs first rabies vaccine is a 1 year vaccine. After that, it is a 3 year vaccine. This comes from the same bottle.
    cats- we only offer yearly vaccine. It has to do with the manufacturing of the vaccine itself. Some companies sell three year rabies vaccines, but we do not use those.

    In tech school, I was taught that cats only need to be vaccinated every three years.

    What you can do, is in one year from the rabies vaccine- you can have the vet do a 'rabies titer test' which will check to see if your cat still has immunity toward rabies. if it does, it does not need to be re-vaccinated.
  7. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

    Oct 22, 2009
    I was always told that they are one and the same vaccine...one and three year has to do with the tag. So IMO, the one year is a ripoff because while you are paying more for the three year (usually three time what the one year costs) you will only have to pay once for the vet visit vs. paying for it three times if you go with only the one year. The one year vaccine will actually last three years but it is the tag/license you are paying for. IMO, the fewer shots you can get away with, the better, and here's a great book to support that idea and give some other great pet advice besides: "How To Afford Veterinary Care Without Mortgaging The Kids". Dr. Busby also has a website that talks about avoiding what the veterinary community has made commonplace as accepted treatment protocol, often to the detriment of people's pets and checkbooks.

    As rabies shots go, I only ever give the three year rabies to dogs and cats.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2010
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I had a cat back who back in the early 90s developed a big fast scary injection-site mass that the histology lab never could identify but that was probably an early stage of vaccination-site sarcoma. So I am a bit paranoid about these things.

    What I've been told by my current vets is that they cannot legally (in Ontario - I am sure it varies in different places) give me the 1 yr shot and *call* it a 3-year shot, but that they feel it probably IS protective to that degree. The only 3-year shot they can legally offer is one with the older adjuvant that is related to higher rates of vaccination-site sarcomas, which I choose to avoid.

    Because up til this summer I've been taking the cats across the border with me when I go to visit my parents in PA, and NEED up to date rabies papers for that, I've been grudgingly getting the 1-year shot for them every year (but not in combination with any other shots). However now that my parents are in a retirement home and I can't take the cats with me anymore, I am either going to get the 1-year vaccine done every few years at most, or see what options are available in terms of getting titers done.

  9. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Thanks! [​IMG] I will get the one year shot this time, but I will talk to my vet about the three year shot. I am wondering if we even need to get her a rabies shot though, since she is an inside cat. But, I think it's a law. [​IMG] I don't know, she is going to the vet sometime this week (we still need to schedule the appointment), so I will let you know. [​IMG]
  10. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    My mom called, and she is going to come in in August instead so she can get her booster shot too. [​IMG] So well see.

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