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Felines First Rabies Policy:

 

At Felines First Veterinary Hospital, we prioritize the health and safety of our employees, clients, and furry patients. In accordance with the laws of the state of North Carolina, which mandate rabies vaccination for dogs, cats, and ferrets, this policy outlines our requirements to ensure the well-being of all individuals involved.

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Rabies Vaccination Requirement: 

North Carolina State Law, N.C. General Statute 130A-185, requires that owners of all dogs, cats, and ferrets 4 months of age and older keep their animals' rabies vaccinations current. There is no legally accepted exemption or waiver of rabies vaccination for cats in North Carolina. The purpose of these laws is to protect both domestic animals and the public against the risk of rabies transmission.

Compliance and Legal Measures: 

It is important to emphasize to pet owners that electing not to vaccinate their animals, against the advice of a veterinarian, would put them in non-compliance with state law. In the event of an exposure or potential exposure to rabies involving a "not currently vaccinated" pet, legal measures may be enforced, as outlined in G.S. 130A-197. These measures may include euthanasia, up to 6 months of quarantine, or an observation period (depending on the circumstances) at the discretion of the local health director.

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Treatment Restrictions: 

As part of our commitment to safety, we cannot continue treatment on cats that have not received, or continue to remain “not currently vaccinated” with a rabies vaccination, as required by state law. This policy is essential to create a secure environment for our staff, clients, and other animals present in our facility.

Compliance and Resumption of Care: 

Pet owners have the choice to have their cats vaccinated against rabies at our veterinary hospital or by any other individual legally able to vaccinate against rabies. Prior to resuming continued care at our facility, cats must be current on their rabies vaccine. This requirement ensures the safety of our veterinary team, other pets, clients, and the community at large.

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Scope:

This policy applies to all clients seeking veterinary care at Felines First Veterinary Hospital.

Implementation:

  • This policy’s availability on our website and inclusion of it in the new client paperwork will inform clients of the requirements.

  • These requirements will be screened by our receptionists when scheduling appointments and reinforced by the medical team at appointments.

  • Cats that are “not currently vaccinated” by choice of the client (not due to recent illness, age, or a simple lapse) will not be eligible for continued treatment at our facility.

  • Our staff will educate clients on the importance of rabies vaccination and provide information on available options.

  • Treatment can resume once the cat has been vaccinated against rabies and proof of vaccination has been provided.

Review and Update: 

This policy will be reviewed periodically to ensure compliance with any changes in North Carolina state laws and to uphold the highest standards of safety and care for our staff, clients, and furry patients.

By adhering to this policy, we aim to create a secure environment that prioritizes the health and safety of all individuals involved. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in upholding this policy.

For more information on the North Carolina law regarding rabies vaccination, please refer to the North Carolina General Statutes Section 130A-185.

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