Timeframe: Within 1 year of export.
Every cat and dog must be vaccinated against Rabies with an approved inactivated rabies virus vaccine within 1 year of export and when the dog or cat was at least 3 months old. If this is your pet’s first Rabies vaccination or if you are unable to provide previous vaccination records, then this vaccination must be at least 4 weeks old before your pet can start the procedure.
Vaccines are special medications that have been designed to stimulate the body’s immune system so that it will produce the disease-fighting antibodies that are necessary to help protect it against diseases.
Dogs and cats must be vaccinated to help protect them from all the infectious and contagious diseases out there. When puppies and kittens are born, the mothers pass on some immunity to their young through the colostrum in their milk, but unfortunately, this protection is temporary and the best way to ensure long-term protection for your pet is to provide it in the form of vaccinations against all the common diseases.
You should talk to your vet about your pet’s lifestyle. Many factors affect your pet’s risk of exposure to disease and these include their contact with other animals, the time they spend travelling or boarding, and whether they live indoors or outdoors. Veterinarians typically recommend that your pet be protected against the most common diseases, or the ones that are most easily spread and can cause serious illness. They might also recommend additional vaccines based on your pet’s risk factors for other diseases.
This depends on the destination country. Some countries don’t require quarantine, others have mandatory quarantine periods prior to or on arrival.
Here are the vaccination guidelines prescribed by the South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) for dogs (cats between brackets):