Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: I was born in Germany, raised in Texas.
It's different from state to state. You can even order rabies vaccines online but they are very strict about which states they ship too. I'm in Texas and can't get anyone to ship them to me. I'm even personal friends with my vet outside of the clinic and tried to sweet talk her into the rabies vaccines since I do all my other vaccnines myself, and she said legally a vet has to at least be on the premises if you do it yourself so why not just have her do it then. That doesn't mean a self administered shot won't work, lol, it just means no one will recognize it legally if an issue ever arises and I think the vet could get in some hot water if it comes out they weren't the ones who administered the shot that has been recorded. Like I said, I can only speak for Texas and am repeating what my vet told me. It's really not an issue for me though because she is always super anxious to vaccinate for rabies on any animal. She came out here without even a trip charge as soon as I mentioned it just because rabies is so bad here. There are always reports of rabid skunks, coyotes, possums, and racoons. Horses are mainly at risk if they spend time on a pasture. The rabies risk also depends on your area but most areas do struggle with it. As far as getting it yourself from the vaccine, like others mentioned, it is a killed virus so I don't think you can have issues there.