Unvaccinated dogs and cats possibly exposed to rabies will spend just four months in quarantine instead of six months as part of a sweeping effort by Gov. Charlie Baker to update Massachusetts regulations.
Dogs and cats that have proof of a prior vaccination at some point in their life are considered currently vaccinated immediately upon receiving a shot, and it will be good for the longest period recognized on the label.
330 CMR 10.00 Prevention of the Spread of Rabies, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/agr/legal/regs/330-cmr-10-00.pdf
10.02(3) An animal that has received at least one Rabies vaccine in its lifetime but, has not received a booster vaccination prior to the expiration date of its last Rabies vaccination, will be considered Currently Vaccinated immediately following administration of a Rabies vacccine and the vaccine will be good for the duration indicated on the product label.
10.06 (3)(c) Any [unvaccinated] dog or cat Exposed by Direct Contact to a suspected rabid animal, Exposed by Proximity to a confirmed rabid animal, as determined by State Laboratory testing, or which has received a Wound of Unknown Origin shall be vaccinated immediately and placed under Confinement for a period of four months.
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