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March 03, 2010

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Rod

I think you need to take a good, hard look at the facts about rabies vaccines and how long they really do last. Three years? Try five to seven years. Over-vaccinating is much worse than going without grooming.

Beth

Rod,

I agree that vaccines often last much longer than they are given. If over vaccinating is a concern, a titer can be drawn to see if another vaccine is needed at that time. The last I checked, a Rabies titer is not a legal substitute for a current Rabies vaccine.

However, my need for the Rabies vaccination to current is a legal one. The law says pets coming to my store must be current.

It is also my decision as the salon owner and manager to require a current Rabies vaccine, for my protection and the pets protection, as well as to comply with the requirements of my licensing.

If anyone feels strongly about the risks involved with over vaccinating, I always tell them I'm sorry, but I'm not able to groom their pet. It is their decision.

It should also be noted that Clip Clip Hooray doesn't require any other vaccinations. Many salons require anything from a yearly distemper to a 6 month bordatella. I believe that while vaccines have their uses, pets are often over vaccinated, or recieve unnecessary vaccinations. This decision should be made between the owner and their vet.

So I have chosen to only require what is legally required of me.

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