Most vaccines used in the shelter contain living organisms, so care must be taken when storing, handling, and administering them to ensure these organisms remain viable and are able to induce a protective immune response in our animals.
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When possible, administer injectable vaccines in the subcutaneous space below the elbow and below the knee. Note: When working with fearful or difficult to handle animals, ensuring the vaccination is administered is more important than administering in a precise location.
Standard locations for vaccine administration are:
DA2PP and FVRCP – Right front leg
Rabies – Right hind leg
Combination products including Rabies – Right hind leg
If an animal does not receive an entire dose of vaccine (i.e., the animal jumps, the needle was inserted completely through the skin), re-administer a full dose of vaccine.
Spilled or mis-injected vaccine product should be thoroughly cleaned to avoid accidental ingestion.