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The Importance of Rabies Vaccinations

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by Rhabdo Virus that unfortunately does not have a cure. It is a neurological disease which may take several days to a few months to show its symptoms but once the virus spreads to the brain, death occurs quickly. This virus affects both humans and animals. The carriers of the virus are foxes, wolves, bats, skunks, dogs and cats and they spread it through their saliva by biting or licking.

Having a pet without giving them the rabies vaccination is harmful for him/her and for others that it is in contact with. There are still stray animals that are not vaccinated and have high chances of getting rabies so please ensure that your pets are not brought in close contact with them.

It is important not to pet stray animals without first vaccinating yourself, do not kiss them or forget to wash your hands properly after petting a stray dog or cat. Make sure that your pet and your family is protected against rabies by following the vaccination schedule.

Vaccination against rabies is available for dogs, cats, ferrets, horses, cattle and sheep.
Vaccination must be done at 3 months of age to gradually phase in immunity as the mother’s milk protection wears off, they must be continued every year or once in two years according to the regulations of the country where you live.
Although there is a growing concern over vaccine frequency there is no doubt that vaccines control diseases that can kill pets and protect them from illness and death.

How Vaccines Work:
Vaccines stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies against the infections agent that it has been vaccinated with, so that your pet is protected against these germs in the environment. If the immunized pet is later exposed to the infectious agent, the antibodies already present and in store in the body react quickly to attack and destroy the causative agent.

Vaccinations challenge the immune system in a complex manner so it is not advisable to vaccinate a pet that is sick. Vaccines can fail if the animal has a fever or is taking steroids or if the vaccines are not given at the right scheduled time. They can also fail if the vaccine has been improperly handled or stored.

Pet owners should work with their veterinarians to design a vaccination schedule for each pet based on their age, health status; reproductive status and environment so please make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Let’s take responsibility for the animals that make our lives happier.

Article Courtesy of  by Dr. Sana Peeran BVSc & A.H, Zabeel Veterinary Hospital

If you are planning to move your pet please check with Move One Pet Transportation regarding required vaccinations.

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