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Pet Laws in Louisiana: Vaccination

This guide is about pets and their owners, but not about livestock or wildlife.

Pets must be vaccinated

Pets must be vaccinated, and they must have proof of that vaccination. If a pet bites someone, many municipalities allow for the destruction of that pet if there is no proof of a recent vaccination.

Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish

Sec. 14:200. - Requirements for possession.

No person shall own, keep, or harbor any dog, cat or ferret over the age of three (3) months within the parish without having:

(1) The dog, cat or ferret vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian at three (3) months of age initially, revaccinated one (1) year later and then on an annual or triennial basis thereafter, except in case of injury or any other medical condition that would preclude proper vaccination of the dog or cat or endanger the health of the animal and only upon receipt by the animal control and rescue center of a letter signed by a licensed veterinarian requesting an exception until the medical condition is resolved to the point that vaccination is no longer a threat to the health of the dog or cat.

(2) Registered the dog, cat or ferret with the animal control and rescue center upon presentation of a certificate of such rabies vaccination, as hereinafter specified.

(3) Tagged the dog or cat as hereinafter specified. The provisions of this paragraph shall not be applicable to community cat caretakers.

(Ord. No. 9634 § 1, 5-26-93; Ord. No. 13791, § 1, 10-25-06; Ord. No. 15237, § 1, 1-11-12; Ord. No. 15788, § 2, 9-24-14)


Sec. 4-3. - Rabies immunization for dogs and cats; tag—Required.

The owners of any dog or other animal of the canine species or cat or other animal of the feline species over the age of three (3) months shall, on or before August 30th of each year, cause such animal to be immunized or vaccinated against rabies by a duly licensed veterinarian, who shall, at the time of such immunization, furnish such owner with a certificate, signed by said veterinarian, showing the date of immunization, the name and description of the animal, and the name and address of the owner and shall furnish the said owner with a metal tag, which shall be attached to the animal's collar and shall be numbered and shall indicate the calendar year during which such inoculation has been made. The owner shall keep and maintain such metal tag on the said animal at all times.

(Ord. of 4-28-77)

New Orleans

Sec. 18-168. - Dogs and cats to be vaccinated.

The owner or keeper of every dog or cat between three and four months old shall, at his expense, have such dog or cat vaccinated by a Louisiana licensed veterinarian with rabies vaccine. Twelve months later, the animal shall be revaccinated. Thereafter, such dog or cat shall be revaccinated every 36 months by a licensed Louisiana veterinarian, under rules and regulations to be prescribed by the director. The veterinarian must provide to the owner the date when the dog or cat must be revaccinated.

(Code 1956, §§ 7-37, 7-53.1; M.C.S., Ord. No. 25205, § 1, 3-7-13)