FAQ About Immunization Requirements

vetdogWe’re so excited about the upcoming Atlanta Pet Expo! With that being said, we want you to be as prepared so that you and your best pet friend have a fantastic day.

In order to attend the event with a pet, we require that you complete a waiver. While we have them available at the door, you can click here for a copy so you can get in the door more quickly. Print it out and bring it with you!

We also offer a list of helpful tips that we’ve accrued after doing dozens of these events. Click here to make sure that you have the best day possible with your best friend!

As you may know, we require all cats, dogs, horses and ferrets to be immunized for rabies in order to attend the event. Here are some FAQ that we’re often asked:

Does my pet have to have be immunized to attend this event?

Every state in the United States has its own laws regarding dog ownership and dog vaccines. Many states require that certain vaccines be obtained before the dog can be registered with the state or county. The most important dog vaccine requirements are those that pertain to the rabies vaccination, as rabies is communicable and can be harmful to humans.

Yes, we require that all cats, dogs, ferrets and horses be current on age-appropriate rabies vaccines in order to enter the event or you should plan on getting your pet’s vaccines at the event as part of our low-cost vaccine clinic. If you plan to get immunizations at the expo, you’ll still need to complete a pet waiver and our staff will direct you where to go with your pet for shots. We ask that you go straight there.

There are a number of life-saving vaccines that you should get for your pets, such as those that protect against distemper and parvovirus, but we only require rabies per state law and insurance requirements.

What do you accept as proof of immunizations?

We accept a number of things! You can provide us with your vet-issued rabies certificate, city/county license, a current rabies tag that lists the current year, a receipt of vaccination purchase/label for those who self-vaccinate, a vet receipt that itemizes the vaccination payment, adoption paperwork that lists the pet has current vaccinations or serologic titer results issued from a veterinary clinic.

I don’t believe in getting annual vaccines for my pets. How can I bring my pet to this event?

We recognize that the issue of vaccinating pets can be controversial to some who choose not vaccinate. Unfortunately, due to state law and our event insurance requirements, your pet must be vaccinated for rabies or have current serologic titer results in order to attend the show. We are not making a statement about vaccines, one way or another; our job is to keep everyone safe.

I just adopted my pet or have a puppy that I’d like to bring. What should I do?

That’s no problem! Adoption paperwork that lists the pet has current vaccinations is just fine to prove that your pet has had it’s shots.

Our requirements apply to *age-appropriate* immunizations. Puppies/kittens normally aren’t vaccinated for rabies until they’re four months old, so we realize that you won’t have proof of shots if your new baby is younger than that. Puppies/kittens not yet vaccinated for rabies must be at least 12 weeks old or have two sets of puppy or kitten vaccinations. However, in order to keep your puppy/kitten safe, we urge you to carry it at the show, use extreme caution if interacting with other pets, not allow it to drink from communal water bowls and take lots of breaks so as not to overload your precious new buddy. We also recommend using these guidelines if bringing an elderly pet to the event.

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