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there is a huge difference between a rule and a law. rules can be enforced and even mandated, but the law, the federal law, holds the real choice for a person stuck with making a choice. for example. vaccines. public schools mandate vaccines, they are required for school entry. different states have different lists for which vaccines they say are required.
but the federal law says that they cannot literally physically force the child to be vaccinated; there are exemptions that parents can legally choose. so literally, they are not required [its confusing, i know, but between you and me im pretty sure schools lie to a lot of parents saying they are absolutely definitely required by law].

so im fully informed about public, government-ran schools and daycares. but what about dog parks? vaccinating your dog is not even required by law the same way humans are. its the "moral" thing to do for most people. but believe it or not, there are people that dont vaccinate. and they arent doing anything illegal, and no, it wont effect your dog if s/he is fully vaccinated [thats what vaccines are for, right?], and in the case of an immune -compromised dog, well, she probably shouldnt be running around a dog park. there are thousands of dangerous viruses floating around that there ARENT vaccines for. i just dont want a debate about this. i just want facts.

i tried emailing my county/state for some clarification on vaccination laws and dog parks but, weeks later, i have gotten no response.

so.. the sign on the dog park says that dogs are "required to be fully vaccinated".. but then again, schools say my child is required to be fully vaccinated. yet she is going to go to school unvaccinated, perfectly legally.

how do i know if this "requirement" is a law or simply a recommendation? is the dog park public or private? who is even in charge of signing off vaccination record papers? help me out here, folks.

and ill say again that i have tried contacting my county/state officials and ive gotten no response. not even an automated courtesy reply.

and i know i can just bring my dog to the park unvaccinated and no one would know [and just for the record, he IS vaccinated for rabies. he even wears that heart-shaped tag and everything], but i have a guilty conscience when it comes to doing things against the law if im aware of it.
 

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oh, i forgot to mention i tried looking it up online, too! on the county website i searched "dog vaccine" "dog immunization" "dog rabies".. nothing except something about how we have a lot of bats in this area. frustrating!

hm, i dont recall seeing something like that on the sign but im sure there is. and im sure no one would give half a mind to inquiring if i vaccinate or not, especially since i do vaccinate for rabies and he is wearing said rabies tag..

but in the scenario someone did ask, and in the event they are extremely offended.. what would happen? its not illegal, so it isnt like animal protective services [or whatever its called] is gonna come after me. i just want to know if its illegal inside the dog park. :\

and yea, i know it poses a threat to my dog. but its also my choice and ive researched these diseases just like i did for my daughter.

on a side note, for woof is an AWESOME name for a park! i wish my county was more creative like that. the one i live by is called the "howe dog park".. named after some guy, i think.
 

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i didnt know bordatella is known to cause death in older or adult dogs. ive heard it be called the "canid cold"..? besides, i dont believe that the bordatella virus can be made into an effective vaccine, just like the human pertussis vaccine. doesnt seem to work.

do you have any tips for rooting out pet laws on those horrible websites? i havent even been able to find a statement saying that the rabies vaccine is actually required! it doesnt mention ANY vaccines on the pet license application.
 

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i didnt hear about any specific time you have to get the license.. my dog is 11 months now and, while i have the form signed, i havent turned it in yet! i got him neutered at 10 months old. so im kinda glad i waited to license him. $12 or $40? hmmm
 
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