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WORLD RABIES DAY - 28 SEPTEMBER 2016
‘Rabies’ is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of people all around the world. It remains one of the most dangerous viral diseases known to medicine, and can be transmitted between all mammal species, including between animals and humans. Rabies is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected animal (mammal) or through an open wound, such as a deep scratch, and most Rabies deaths in humans occur as a result of dog bites.
As Rabies causes terrible suffering for infected animals and humans alike, and as it is a preventable disease, routine pre-exposure vaccination is essential. Preventative vaccinations are a simple procedure, and when it comes to vaccinating puppies, pet owners should ideally follow a vaccination schedule similar to the schedule for infants.
Puppies should receive their first combination vaccine between six and eight weeks of age. This should be followed by a further combination vaccine a month later, and a third a month after that. The Rabies vaccine should be administered simultaneously at any time from three months of age and then a monthly following that. Thereafter, boosters of all vaccines should be administered annually or in accordance with the advice of a veterinarian. This regimen will ensure that your pup develops and maintains a good antibody response to all of these devastating diseases, especially rabies.
Of course, vaccinating isn’t just about protecting your pet, it’s about protecting your family, and any other people and animals that your pet may come into contact with.
The week of the 26 September 2016 – 1 October 2016, the Johannesburg SPCA, in the South of Johannesburg, will be teaming up with health practitioners, rabies experts and activists worldwide to celebrate World Rabies Day which falls annually on the 28 September. “We see this as an opportunity to show how important it is to prevent rabies in our community,” said Jolene Beyleveld, Public Relations of the JSPCA.
Johannesburg SPCA will be offering Free Rabies vaccination during this week, for all dogs and cats that are due for their annual Rabies Vaccination at NO CHARGE at our premises in Reuven.
The World Rabies Day initiative, managed by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, aims to bring together partners in communities and health services worldwide in an effort to address rabies prevention and control.
“It is important people know what to do if they are bitten by an animal,” said Jolene Beyleveld.
If someone is bitten, they should:
Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water for at least 15 minutes; Seek medical attention immediately, and ask for a course of post exposure vaccination against rabies; If someone sees an animal acting strangely, they should: Stay well away from the animal and advise others to do so. Advise the local authorities immediately such as your Local SPCA.
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