Not usally a charge. Remember though, since he hasn't had a vaccine in a long time you may not be able to get him across the border to his appointment! If they ask you you must provide proof of up to date rabies vaccine to get across. (I've had people turned away for having a certificate that said something else was due, like bordetella vaccine even. but, only rabies is really needed)
BTW, no, there hasn't been a single reported case of rabies in the Windsor area in decades. This is due to vaccination of dogs and raccoons. But, there were a few cases about 2yrs ago from some puppies bred in the TO area and sold in the London area!!! No dog has a zero risk of getting rabies if they go outside. Raccoons are everywhere and raccoon rabies is getting closer to the area all the time. The fact rabies is easily passed to humans is the #1 reason there is manditory rabies vaccination of pets. In Windsor (not sure of anywhere else) you "can" be fined up to 2000 if your dog bites someone (all dogs have a bite threshold, in no dog can it "never happen") and it is not up to date on rabies vaccination.
Reaction to rabies vaccine is not much of a concern. Especially at his age and the fact he had it done as a young dog. If he didn't react then, chances are minimal he will react now.
Hope you manage to get him across for his pre-op! Good luck (I've crossed many times and get asked for proof about 2/3 of the time, so there is a chance you will not be asked for proof of vaccine)
Apparently there hasn't been a case of raccoon rabies since 2005. I know my dog doesn't have a 0 risk if he goes outside at all, but he has as close to 0 risk as is possible. I'm very glad to hear though that reactions are very rare.
I decided to get the vaccine done locally because as you said, he may not be able to cross without the vaccine. I wouldn't care too much if we got to the border and they just turned us back, but I didn't want to risk them making me quarantine him stateside. I then thought maybe I would get the dental work done locally and just pay 2x the amount to get it done to avoid the shot, but they might still make me get it done locally seeing as it is the law. My dog had a surgery years ago in Windsor and the vet didn't make me get the rabies shot, but I figure if I get him the shot I will make sure they sign the paper for 3 years and then I shouldn't have to worry about it again.
Edited by emmsmama, 06 April 2013 - 10:40 AM.