World Rabies Day 9.28.15

World Rabies Day is designed to help raise awareness about both human and animal rabies, to educate the public about the impact of rabies (rabies ( and how to prevent it.

Rabies is a serious disease but is 100% preventable in our pets if you just get them vaccinated every year. As a matter of fact, some vaccines may be good for up to three years and in most cities and towns, it’s the law. Just one simple shot can help you keep your pet safe and healthy.
Here are a few good tips to keep you and your pets safe:
• Be sure to vaccinate your pets from the disease; talk to your veterinarian about a vaccinate schedule.
• Keep away from wild animals, especially if you see them acting strange. For example, if you happen to see a raccoon or fox roaming around during the day or if they seem tame toward humans, do not approach. Rabies affects the brain and will cause them to behave in ways that are very much out of their norm.
• If you live in a rural area, never leave your pets out alone or unsupervised.
• Call your local game warden, animal control or police if you see an animal that you think might be infected.
If your pet is bitten by a wild animal or a stray dog or cat, call your veterinarian for an appointment immediately! Report the incident to your local health department and follow their recommendations.
You’ll also need to contact local animal control officers if the animal who bit your pet is still at large, they will be better able to safely apprehend and remove the animal from the environment. After having contact with a rabid animal, the rabies virus may remain alive on your pet’s skin for up to two hours. It is best not to touch your dog during this time. If you must handle your dog, wear gloves and protective clothing.A dog who is up-to-date with his vaccinations and who has been bitten by a possibly rabid animal should also be given a rabies booster immediately and kept under observation for 45 days.
Sadly, there is no cure for rabies, so please make sure your pet is vaccinated. That is the best prevention!