PET HEALTH

World Rabies Day

Three Minutes Apr 25, 2022

According to the CDC, World Rabies Day is recognized on September 28th and is a global health observance day. The goal of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness regarding rabies and bring prevention efforts forth worldwide. 

Rabies is a preventable disease, but unfortunately, it is not always taken seriously in most cases until it’s too late. World Rabies Day provides us with the opportunity to educate and encourage vaccination to prevent the condition.  

As a pet parent, it is important to always keep your pet’s health and safety in mind. Keep reading as we discuss the importance of vaccinating your pets and some important factors to watch for and consider when keeping your pets safe from rabies.   

Visit Your Veterinarian Regularly  

Visiting your veterinarian regularly to remain up to date on vaccinations for your cat and dog is critical. Even with the vaccination, keeping an eye on your pets can help reduce the risk of rabies.

Additionally, spaying and neutering your pet can help to reduce the number of animals who are not cared for properly or vaccinated as they should be. 

Wildlife is More Susceptible  

We know wildlife is more susceptible to rabies, but contact with wildlife is always a possibility and a likelihood for both pets and humans. Humans and pets can both be affected by this disease if not handled with care and safety. 

When out and about with your pet, it is important to always pay attention to your surroundings and to always watch your pet as you never know what your furry friend may get into. 

Don’t Be Fooled  

Rabies can impact all pets lives – even those that spend their time indoors. Your pet could easily contract rabies without vaccination if she or her meets any rabid animal.  There are several suggestions the American Veterinary Medical Association emphasizes including:  

  • Vaccinate your dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, and other livestock against rabies.
  • Don’t allow your pet to roam free. Keep a close eye to ensure his or her safety.
  • Bat-proof your home.
  • Don’t leave food or garbage outside as it attracts wild animals to your home.
  • Don’t keep wild animals as pets.
  • Don’t attempt to touch a wild animal. 

Get Vaccinated Against Rabies 

If you are reading this and you have a pet that is not yet vaccinated, consider calling your vet to schedule an appointment.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

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