World Rabies Day | September 28th 2012
Did you know this coming Friday is World Rabies Day? This annual event is coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control to raise awareness about rabies around the world. It is endorsed by both international medical and veterinary associations such as the World Veterinary Association.
Rabies is a viral disease that causes swelling in the brain in warmblooded mammals. It is most frequently transmitted by a bite, and can cross species such as dog to human. Rabies causes approximately 55,000 human deaths worldwide.
To reduce the risks of contracting rabies, here are some tips:
- Vaccinate your pets against rabies
- Do not handle wild or stray animals to avoid being bitten
- Contact your municipal animal control services if you see an animal in your neighbourhood acting strangely
- Always seek medical attention if you’ve been bitten by a strange animal
- Carefully supervise your pet while in the woods, at the cottage or any place wild animals may be
If your pet has been bitten by a strange or wild animal, contact your veterinarian immediately to determine if your pet needs medical intervention. The best way to avoid rabies is to vaccinate your pet!
Hats off to you
To all kind-hearted and hard-working people at SPCA: hats off to you. I love animals and admire the work you do.