World Rabies Day
Get ready for World Rabies Day! On September 28th, 2019 we will be celebrating the 13th World Rabies Day, and this year’s theme focuses on vaccination. Vaccinating your pet is the foundation of all rabies control efforts. Let’s all vaccinate to eliminate!
What is Rabies?
World Rabies Day is the first and only global day of action and awareness for rabies prevention. It is an opportunity to unite as a community and for individuals, NGOs, and governments to connect and share their work. Rabies is a zoonotic disease (a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans), caused by the rabies virus. Domestic dogs are the most common reservoir of the virus, with more than 99% of human deaths caused by dog-mediated rabies. The virus is transmitted in the saliva of rabid animals and generally enters the body via infiltration of virus-laden saliva from a rabid animal into a wound (e.g. scratches), or by direct exposure of mucosal surfaces to saliva from an infected animal (e.g. bites). The virus cannot infiltrate intact skin. Once the virus reaches the brain, it further replicates, resulting in the presentation of clinical signs from the patient. There are two clinical manifestations of rabies – furious (classical or encephalitic) and paralytic. Furious rabies is the most common form of human rabies, accounting for approximately 80% of cases.
Rabies is a 100% vaccine-preventable disease. Countries embarking on rabies elimination programs have successfully experienced marked reductions, often progressing to the elimination of rabies. Elimination programs often revolve around mass dog vaccination campaigns, where at least 70% of the dog population should be covered in order to break the cycle of transmission in dogs, and to humans.
The rabies vaccine is a mandatory vaccine that can be given to your pet to help prevent the spread of the rabies virus. This vaccine also protects them against infected animals in case of exposure to the virus. It is important that you get your furry pal vaccinated and kept up to date with the rabies vaccine every year.
Here at The Pet Stop Clinic, we focus on convenient and affordable preventative care! We host clinics every weekend throughout Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas to ensure you and your furry best friend can get the preventative care needed year-round. The rabies vaccine for both canines and felines are offered at our mobile clinics for just $18.
To find a Pet Stop clinic near you please visit www.petstopclinic.com or call our office at 877-704-3893!
– The Pet Stop Team