Sep 28 2011

September 28th World Rabies Day

Rabies continues to be a life threatening disease in many areas in the world including in the United States.We know that there have been rabid racoons, skunks,coyotes and bats found in Ohio. Even if your pet has limited exposure to wildlife, they are not risk free.Many pets are exposed to bats that get into our houses through chimneys, or open windows. It is important that Rabies is almost always fatal if treatment is not started before symptoms occur. So please take the time to protect your family by protecting your pet.

When should your pet be vaccinated?

  • At 16 weeks of age
  • 1year after their initial vaccination, and every 1 to 3 years after depending on the type of vaccine used. ( we use a 3 year vaccine)
  • After exposure to wildlife, if your pet attacks or is attacked by a wild animal
  • Cats that get into fights should be vaccinated after a bite wound, since we cannot guarantee that the bit was not from a rabid animal.

When in question, it is better to be safe than sorry, so if you are not sure. Give us a call and we can help you determine the best course of action for your pet.

Below are a few videos that are super helpful.

| Austinburg Veterinary Clinic Blog

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