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I have a mixed breed dog that has not been given an annual antirabies vaccine. Suddenly at the age of 5 years, my dog killed a rat so I decided to give him an antirabies vaccine. Then my vet advised that after his 1st shot, another antirabies shot should be given after 2 weeks. Is it safe? I'm scared of the possible overdose of the vaccine.

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It depends on the vaccine company when rabies should be boostered, typically it ranges from every 1 to 3 years.

The protocol for the vaccine that your vet has may be to booster in 2 weeks time. The only way to know for sure is to contact the vaccine company and enquire more about the protocol. You can get the company information from your veterinarian.

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It is common for dogs without a vaccination history OR without proof of what vaccines have been given to get the puppy rabies, as well as it's second (usually given a year later) as a booster shot. This is not harmful to your dog, and rescue dogs who MAY HAVE already received a vaccination are given the vaccine twice all the time either accidentally or so there can be legal/paper proof the vaccine was given. This is not dangerous. It's common to receive 2 in one month or over the course of 2-3 months. 2 weeks in-between may be a little close together, but will not harm your dog unless an allergy to the vaccine and/or ingredients in it, is present.

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You see the first shot your dog is going to have is the shot he/she should have had when it was a puppy so it won't harm your dog if it gets another vaccine in two weeks. Your dog's body is much stronger now than a puppy's. Usually it takes a month to get to the next vaccine, but half a month is good for a dog to get a puppy's vaccine.

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