IDCU HomeInfectious Diseases A-CD-GH-LM-QR-ST-ZIDCU Health TopicsDisease ReportingRelated Rules & RegulationsImmunization BranchAbout IDCURelated DSHS SitesStaff Contact List
  • Contact Us

    Infectious Disease Control Unit
    Mail Code: 1960
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: 512 776 7676
    Fax: (512) 776-7616


Rabies in Dometstic Animals

image Rabies
ICD-9 071; ICD-10 A82
Related Topics: Oral Rabies Vaccine Programs

Rabies Vaccination of Dogs & Cats in Texas

On February 27, 2003, the Texas Board of Health approved amendments to Texas Administrative Code Ch. 169, Rabies Control and Eradication. The rabies vaccination schedule will still require that dogs and cats be

  • vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age and
  • be given a booster one year after the initial vaccination.

Following these first 2 vaccinations, dog & cats can be vaccinated at either 1-year or 3-year intervals, depending on the type of rabies vaccine used. Local ordinances may have more stringent requirements.

Rabies vaccination interval update (PDF)

Frequently asked questions: (click to get information)

New language - Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 169.21 - 169.34 (PDF)

Last updated July 30, 2014