Does My Dog Have to Wear a Rabies Tag?

Black Lab with rabies tag

At one year and two months old, Daisy, a sleek, majestic Black Labrador, looks rather intimidating. Though floppy most of the time, her ears are always alert, her eyes lock on target like lasers, and her stance is akin to that of a predator poised to pounce. She often scares the socks off unsuspecting passersby with a ferocious bark. But Daisy’s paw-pals and human friends know the reality behind her seemingly aggressive demeanor. Daisy is a scaredy-cat! The slightest sound and snap startle her. Her body tenses, and the hair on her back rises to resemble porcupine needle quills. She recoils in fear and barks like a holy terror.

Yet Daisy has never attacked anyone nor bitten a human. Her parents ensured that she was trained by a certified dog trainer and passed her “doggie exam” (though her report card recommends more practice in some areas). More to the point, the bright red rabies tag on her collar reassures neighbors and friends—old and new—that on the off-chance playful Daisy nibbles on anyone’s toe or accidentally sinks an eager tooth while extracting a doggie treat from a generous hand, she will not infect them with the deadly rabies virus.

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Rabies Tags: Your Pet’s Health Passport

Dog with rabies tag

Everyone around the world is witnessing the effectiveness of vaccines in preserving precious lives. The swift development and remarkable efficacy of the three COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J—administered in the United States today is a stellar example of the power and prowess of modern medicine.

New York State Excelsior Pass
New York State Excelsior Pass

Soon we will be able to come out of lockdown and travel again. But to keep everyone safe, a type of “passport” may be required, showing your status as a vaccinated person. For example, New York State has initiated an Excelsior Pass program designed to facilitate travel and event attendance after residents have received one of the aforementioned vaccines.

A few other states are also considering similar “passport” measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Whatever the outcome of such passport schemes, the success of these vaccines warrants a quick look back in time to appreciate the origin story of this life-saving invention.

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Why You Need a Dog License Tag

Dog Running with Pet ID Tag

Exuberant greetings, constant companionship, unconditional love, and Instagram-worthy capers are the daily perks of being a dog owner. While this drama-free, happily-ever-after fairytale requires minimal exertion on our part, there are pertinent matters—like getting a dog license—that mandate our attention.

Obtaining a dog license is a prudent and necessary measure to ensure your loyal companion’s safe return in the event your pet goes missing. Imagine Mischief, your spunky German Shepard puppy-in-training, disappearing in the woods, entranced by some mysterious scent. Or coming home one evening and not seeing Sasha, your Terrier with a penchant for chasing plump squirrels in the backyard, leaping with joy at the door.

Your first instinct would be to lean out your house door and call for your pooch by name. If that doesn’t work, you might hop in your car and drive around the neighborhood for hours looking for them. After that, your last hope is that someone else finds your dog; and in that instance, a pet ID tag is your best chance of being reunited with Mischief or Sasha.
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Rabies Facts, Prevention, and Treatment [Infographic]

Rabies serum with hypodermic

As Ketchum Mfg. Co. gears up for production of our 2021 edition rabies tags (see 10% off sale info below), we present our readers and followers with these important “rabies facts”:


(Click on the image to download a printable PDF of the infographic.)

Rabies Facts

Prevention and Treatment

Just follow these few simple rules:

  • Teach children never to approach or handle unfamilar animals, wild or domestic.
  • Make sure rabies vaccinations are up-to-date for all pet dogs and cats.
  • Responsibly supervise dogs, and keep cats indoors.
  • If you see stray animals, call your local animal control to remove them.
  • Ensure that bats are not able to enter occupied spaces.
  • If a bite from or exposure to a bat occurs and you are able to safely capture the animal, call your local animal control to have it tested for rabies.
  • Wash bite or scratch wounds from an animal with soap and water ASAP, and seek medical attention immediately.

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Offer valid through July 31st.

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Do I Have To Get My Dog Or Cat A Rabies Vaccine?

2021 Rabies Tags

Both dogs and cats, as well as ferrets, are required to have a rabies vaccination in New York State, and the veterinarian who administers the shot will give you a Rabies Tag as proof of inoculation. If you’re not a New York resident, you can find more information about your state here: Rabies Aware. You can get a rabies shot medical exemption for your dog or cat if a licensed veterinarian determines that the vaccination will adversely affect your pet’s health. If getting a rabies vaccination is a concern for you, best have a conversation with your veterinarian.

In addition, if you live in New York, you must obtain a license for your dog once it reaches the age of four months. How often that license needs to be renewed – every one, two or three years – is the option of your local government. Fees vary by county and some counties have a significantly lower fee if your dog is neutered or spayed. Cats and ferrets do not need to be licensed. And ferrets may present another issue depending upon where you reside. Continue reading “Do I Have To Get My Dog Or Cat A Rabies Vaccine?”

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