By ordinance, Iredell County requires all cats, dogs and ferrets over 3 months of age to have a current rabies vaccination.
Obtaining a Vaccination
Rabies vaccinations are available during normal Animal Shelter hours for $10 each. No appointment is necessary. Only 1-year vaccinations are administered.
On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Iredell County Animal Services provides a rabies vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Animal Shelter. Rabies vaccinations are available for $6. Your pet can receive a 3-year booster rabies vaccination at this clinic if you bring written proof that your pet has a current rabies vaccination.
Remember it takes 28 days from your pet’s first rabies vaccination for your pet to build antibodies to the rabies virus. If your pet is exposed to a rabid animal during the first 28 days after the first rabies vaccination, your pet will be treated as an unvaccinated pet.
The following circumstances are possible rabies exposures:
Fights with a wild animal (raccoon, skunk, fox, opossum, etc.)
Fights with a stray animal (dog or cat)
Fights with an animal that may not be fully vaccinated against rabies
Plays with or is in contact with a bat or a dead wild animal
Boost After Bite
In these cases, you must booster your pet’s current rabies vaccination within 5 days. If your pet is bitten by a suspected rabid animal, and does not receive a rabies booster vaccination within 5 days, your pet will be treated as an unvaccinated pet.
If the wild or stray animal that bit your pet is confirmed to be rabid or is not available for testing, an unvaccinated pet must be confined for 6 months at a veterinarian’s office or face euthanasia.