Why is RABORAL V-RG® being used in my area?
How is it distributed?
How many have been distributed so far?
When will it happen in my area?
Can I use the product for wildlife in my yard?
What if I find a bait unit?
What if my dog or cat eats a bait unit?
Can this vaccine be used to vaccinate my cat or dog against rabies?
Why is RABORAL V-RG® being distributed? If bait units are being used in your state or neighborhood it is part of regional rabies control program. The vaccine is distributed into these environments by your public health officials to immunize populations of carnivores that may harbor the rabies virus.
How is it distributed? In open or rural areas the most efficient way to vaccinate wild animals is to drop bait units from low flying planes or helicopters. In urban or suburban areas, greenways or other corridors used by wild animals, authorized and trained personnel mechanically place the bait units by gloved hand..
How many baithave been distributed so far? In the United States, approximately 12 million doses of vaccine are used each year. Since its first use in the late 1980’s, more than 75 million doses have been distributed around the world.
When will it happen in my area? Areas baited each year in a federal or state program are determined by public health officials based on the number of rabies cases and in association with regional rabies control efforts. To learn if Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) programs are occuring in your area or planned for the future, contact your local department of health or state veterinary office (see Around the Country on this website for contact information).
Can I use the product for wildlife in my yard? RABORAL V-RG® can only be purchased and used by government agencies responsible for rabies control in a given county, state or country. State departments of health or other federal agencies determine the locations where vaccine is used each year in their efforts to control rabies in a specific area.
What if I find a bait unit? If a bait unit is found in your yard, driveway, street or other area that is not
suitable, you should contact your local public health officials at 1-877-RABORAL
(1-877-722-6725). A person under 18 years of age or who is pregnant or immuno-suppressed should not touch the RABORAL V-RG® bait.
What if my dog or cat eats a bait unit? Since the bait units are manufactured to attract wild animals they might also
attract dogs and cats. The bait itself is made of fishmeal and other materials
and does not contain vaccine, the vaccine is in the polymer sachet. Most
domestic cats cannot penetrate the polymer bait, thus rarely eat the vaccine
container. Do not attempt to take a bait away from your pet, as you may be bitten. Should a pet eat the RABORAL V-RG in its entirety, it has been
demonstrated safe in more than 50 species of animals including dogs, but is not
considered a vaccination.
Can this vaccine vaccinate my pet against rabies? RABORAL V-RG® has been tested for safety in numerous domestic species (dog, cat, cattle) and was proven to be safe. Only injectable rabies vaccines administered by veterinarians are considered to be proof of vaccination. The wildlife oral vaccine will not harm your dog or cat but the vaccine does not replace conventional rabies vaccines.