FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Perth County – Saturday, September 28 is World Rabies Day. The Perth District Health Unit is encouraging residents to make sure their pets and livestock are vaccinated against the disease.
“Perth County is not free of rabies,” says Senior Public Health Inspector, Dale Lyttle. “Many people do not realize that rabies is still a concern in Perth County. In September, a bat found in South Easthope tested positive for rabies.” Since 2015, there have been nine rabies-positive animals from Perth County reported to the Health Unit.
Low-Cost Rabies Clinics in October
The Health Unit and the Stratford Perth Humane Society have teamed up to provide low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinics for cats and dogs in October. The clinics are at the Stratford Perth Humane Society, 125 Griffith Road, on:
- Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 4 to 7pm
- Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 10am to 1pm.
Vaccinations will be on a first come, first serve basis and wait times are to be expected. Cats and dogs must be over four months of age to attend this clinic, dogs must be leashed, and cats must be in a carrier. Also, it is recommended that pet owners bring previous vaccination records and check with their veterinarian before attending to make sure their animal is due for a rabies vaccine. The cost is $30 for rabies vaccination and $30 for microchip and registration, or $50 for both. For more information about these clinics, call the Stratford-Perth Humane Society at 519-273-6600 extension 235.
Keeping dogs and cats vaccinated is key to preventing the spread of rabies, and in Ontario, it’s the law. For information on vaccinating livestock, residents can contact your veterinarian.
Approximately 59,000 people die from rabies around the world each year. Earlier this year, a man in British Columbia died after contracting rabies from a rabid bat. “Rabies is a fatal disease and we must remain vigilant,” says Lyttle.
Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of warm blooded mammals. The most common carriers of the disease are raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes. The virus is carried in the saliva of infected mammals and can spread to humans and their pets/ livestock through a bite, scratch, cut or contact with the moist tissues of the mouth, nose and eyes. It is important to remember once symptoms appear, the disease is almost always fatal.
Other ways to protect your family and your pets from rabies include:
- Teaching children to stay away from wild animals, dogs and cats they don’t know, or animals that are acting strangely. A strange acting animal could be a sign that it is sick or injured.
- Keeping pets away from wildlife. Don’t let your pets run free in the neighborhood and keep them indoors at night.
- Not feeding, transporting or relocating wildlife.
For more information:
- For information about the rabies vaccine clinics, call the Stratford Perth Humane Society at 519-273-6600 extension 235.
- For information about rabies, call Health Line at 519-271-7600 extension 267 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 267
- Visit www.pdhu.on.ca – rabies
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