The rules about rabies vaccinations may be changing in Nashville, Tennessee. A recent bill has been proposed in Nashville, only requiring pet owners to renew rabies shots every three years instead of annually. The newly written bill states that a yearly rabies shot is an unnecessary cost and an inconvenience for pet owners. Under a new change in the ordinance, pet owners will now get their pets' rabies shot every third year. A local veterinarian supposes that will work for most dogs that live indoors. However, for dogs that are outdoors more or have access to woods, owners should consider their risk of wildlife encounters and should update rabies shots annually. The bill was proposed after a concerned citizen brought the issue to the Metro Public Health Department. He found that the state only requires a rabies shot once every three years and leaves the decision for a more often frequency up to the counties. A council member agreed that the cost of a rabies shot was unnecessary every year. The bill still needs a third and final reading, and it is expected to pass by the end of July. If the bill does pass, it will go into effect next year.
Dogs and other pets are required to get vaccines in the event that a person should be bitten. While we all love our pets, the truth is — dog bites happen all the time throughout the country. If you have been bitten by a dog and sustained an injury in the attack, please contact a Missouri personal injury attorney today. At Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, we offer free consultations so that you can understand the strength and value of your claim with no further obligation.