Pet Vaccinations Required by Law
Pet vaccinations help prevent the onset and spread of illnesses and diseases. You should be aware of your state laws regarding required vaccines. By being a responsible pet parent, you can protect the health of your pet and limit your legal responsibility in cases of incidents involving bites or scratches caused by your pet.
Oklahoma City Municipal Code 8-166 - 8-168 requires a rabies vaccination for all dogs or cats over the age of 4 months that are owned, kept, possessed or harbored within Oklahoma City.
Once a rabies vaccination is given, a metal rabies vaccination tag and certificate with the administering veterinarian's information shall be issued to the pet. This tag is required to be secured to the vaccinated animal and is not to be removed. Animal shelters and kennels are also required to vaccinate their animals. If you are boarding your pet, your local kennel will require proof of your pet's rabies vaccination.
Oklahoma City Municipal Code 8-210 - 8-211 requires the rabies vaccine to be approved for use in a particular species. It is also unlawful for any person to sell live rabies vaccine to be used on an animal by anyone other than a licensed veterinarian.
The veterinarian is required to keep a record of the type and/or brand name of the rabies vaccine administered to each animal, and the records must be maintained for three years.
The rabies vaccination is the only required vaccination per Oklahoma City Municipal Code, and there are no state regulations on vaccinations. Despite the lack of state regulations, it is important for pet owners to protect the health of their pet, and to prevent diseases.
Some other core vaccines for dogs include canine parvovirus, distemper and canine hepatitis. Core vaccines are important for your pet, as without them you are risking a potentially fatal outcome for your pet. Other non-core vaccines may include Bordetella, Borrelia burgdorferi, flu, and leptospirosis bacteria.
The recommended vaccinations may differ from each veterinarian, but all should advise of and administer the core vaccines listed above. You may also want to vaccinate your pet against kennel cough if they frequently visit a kennel or grooming facility.
Medications for flea, tick and heartworm ae also staples in keeping your pet healthy. There are many options available for pet owners, so consult with your individual veterinarian on what options would be best for you.
By vaccinating your pet, you are preventing potential diseases and helping your pet to live a healthier and happier life.