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5.4.9 What happens if my dog or cat comes into contact with vaccine bait?

Safety studies undertaken during the process of registration or licensing have proven, that the vaccine does not cause rabies in dogs and cats. In addition, no rabies case associated with oral vaccine virus has ever been reported in dogs or cats, despite the number of baits distributed.

The intake of a bait by a dog will not necessarily result in protection as i) dogs often swallow the entire bait without disrupting the vaccine-loaded sachet and ii) the vaccine often has no proven efficacy in dogs at the titres normally used for ORV in foxes. If a dog swallows one or more baits, the owner should take the dog to a veterinarian, as the blisters or sachets may cause gastrointestinal disorders.

In any case, contacts of pets with baits should be minimised, e.g. by keeping pets indoors or on a leash in ORV-covered areas during the first week after bait distribution. Baits taken or merely touched by non-target species can lose their attractiveness, and are no longer available for foxes, thus reducing the probability of successful vaccination.


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