September 28th Marks The Seventh Anniversary of World Rabies Day
September 28th marks the seventh anniversary of World Rabies day. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, rabies is still a worldwide health concern resulting in one-two U.S. deaths per year. In 2012 there were 6,000 reported cases of infected animal. Dogs are actually the main carriers of rabies, though any mammal is capable of carrying it, in addition to bats and rodents.
Raising awareness on World Rabies Day is so important because the disease is fatal. The good news is there are many steps we can take to protect our families and our pets from rabies.
The main way we can protect our dogs and cats is to vaccinate them when they are at least five months of age, and one year later. Schedule regular check-ups with your vet to administer additional rabies vaccinations according to state law.
Closely watch your pet and don’t allow it to run around unsupervised. Loose pets are not only at risk of being hit by a vehicle, but of having contact with an infected animal. The U.S. Department of Health also recommends humans limit contact with stray and wild animals.
The Mayo Clinic offers additional pieces of advice. Owners of small animals such as rabbits or guinea pigs should protect them carefully against wild animals, as they can’t be vaccinated. Also, everyone should check their homes for cracks or openings that could potentially allow bats inside.
Contact your local medical professionals or animal control if you suspect contact with an infected animal or don’t know how to handle a stray animal. Warning signs of the disease vary depending on stage.
At In Home Pet Sitters, we care about your pet’s health and wellbeing as much as you do. Contact us to learn about all of the ways we can help provide pet care.