Did you know that 98% of rabies cases come from dog bites? Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the nervous system and, without treatment, can lead to more infections and even death. This is why rabies is taken seriously by countries around the world.
September 28 marks World Rabies Day. Nearly 3 million dogs will be vaccinated worldwide during events this month. It is a good time for pet owners to check their pet’s vaccination record to be sure that their pet is protected from this disease.
Why should you get your pet vaccinated (or revaccinated)? Here are some good reasons:
Your pet could be in danger: The unfortunate reality is that the US is not completely rabies free. This is especially true in areas where wildlife is present. Having your dog or cat vaccinated can help prevent painful and expensive problems resulting in rabies exposure. Also, staying current on the vaccinations is very important.
Traveling? It may be required: If you’re traveling internationally with your pet, the rabies vaccination is required. Usually the vaccination must be either up-to-date or done at least 21 days prior to travel. We always recommend vaccinating in the year you are leaving the country and not letting the vaccination expire.
You could pay little or nothing: Tons of county animal control offices provide rabies vaccine events around the nation in which the first 200 dogs or cats in line get vaccinated for free. If you do a little research you might find one in your area.
In some states it’s the law: Depending on what state you live in, it may be required by law to regularly maintain your pet’s rabies vaccinations. Also, if your unvaccinated pet is bitten by an animal with an unknown rabies status, your pet could be quarantined up to six months at your expense.
Remember that rabies prevention starts with the animal owner. Take this opportunity to make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are current. If the vaccine has expired, get your pet re-vaccinated. It is the right thing to do to protect your pet.