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Worldwide awareness day highlights rabies

In Health and Safety on September 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Sunday Sept. 28 was World Rabies Day! But it’s not too late to brush up on your rabies knowledge and make sure you and your pets are safe.

Remember to keep your pet up-to-date on his or her rabies vaccination for both of your safety.

Rabies is 100% preventable by vaccination.

It is a disease that attacks the nervous system and is passed through saliva and the bloodstream.

Only mammals can get rabies.

There are approximately 7,000 cases of rabies reported in the USA every year.

Cats are less likely to be vaccinated than dogs and more likely to be allowed to roam free. Be careful when approaching a loose cat.

More than 55,000 people die each year from rabies around the world.

This year there is a limited supply of human rabies vaccines.

Almost all rabies deaths in the USA are connected to bat bites, but only a small percent of bats have rabies.

Help Control Rabies by:
-Vaccinating your pets
-Always watching your pets outside
-Keeping away from wild animals and reporting any that are behaving abnormally
-Bat-proof your property

Pets with Rabies:
-Fearful and aggressive
-Trouble Walking
-Seizures
-Excessive drooling
-Difficulty swallowing

*Dogs with rabies may not show outward signs at all. Wildlife with rabies is harder to detect than pets with rabies.

Information Courtesy:
WorldRabiesDay.org
AVMA.org

Jill Brodsky

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