PUPPY LOVE: Pet specialists give advice on pet health

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 02:04 PM.

A pet may be exempt from a rabies shot if a licensed veterinarian provides documentation stating the shot would harm that pet. However, that pet should receive the shot as soon as it can. 

"There is no cure for rabies; once you get it, you die," Johnson said.


Several factors — including the dog's size, how much the animal eats and how active it is — play into how much dogs should exercise, Johnson said.

However, a rule of thumb is that "they usually should be walked for 30 to 45 minutes a day," she said.

Owners taking their dogs to a dog park should be cautious of the other dogs.

"One thing you want to think about when you get all of those dogs together is their vaccinations," Johnson said.

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