1. I live in the city. Does my dog need to be vaccinated?
    Although it is true that most dogs are exposed to rabies via wild animal bites, many city dwellers are surprised to discover how much wildlife they can encounter within city limits. The authors of this website both live in city suburbs and have observed whitetail deer, raccoons, mice, squirrels, and skunks in their neighbourhoods. All these species are capable of carrying rabies. In addition to wildlife, other dogs and cats in the neighborhood could have the disease.


2. If everybody else gets the vaccine, shouldn’t my dog be safe?
     Please refer to the above question with regards to wildlife encounters and your pet. Although the herd immunity created by most dogs being vaccinated is certainly helpful in preventing outbreaks, it should not be depended upon under normal circumstances. If everyone decided not to vaccinate, no dogs would be protected and there would be no herd immunity at all. It is also unsafe to depend upon the actions of other dog owners to keep your own personal pet safe. There is simply no way to be sure that the strange dog approaching you has been vaccinated or not.
    There are some special situations where your veterinarian may decide not to vaccinate. This choice will be based upon your dog’s own special health needs. These are relatively rare situations and are not an excuse to avoid vaccinating a healthy young dog. Please see the vaccination page for more information and talk to your vet.