Rabies Awareness Week

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Celebrate Rabies Awareness Week by protecting the ones you love! Have your veterinarian vaccinate your dogs, cats, ferrets, and selected livestock. Keep the vaccinations up-to-date. If your pet is attacked or bitten by a wild animal, report it to the local health or animal control authorities. Be sure your vaccinated dog, cat, or ferret receives a booster vaccination. #WorldRabiesDay

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control/

Celebrate Rabies Awareness Week by making sure your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccination! Find a Rabies Clinic in your area: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control/rabies-clinics-by-health-district/  #WorldRabiesDay

There are many steps you and your family can take to protect yourselves and your pets from rabies: appreciate wildlife from a distance, don’t adopt wild animals as pets, keep your pets on your own property, and keep garbage and pet food secure inside. For more information on rabies, visit the VDH website #WorldRabiesDay http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control/

Virginia is home to many types of wildlife, but it’s important to appreciate them at a distance to protect yourself and your pets from rabies. Do not keep wild animals as pets. Enjoy all wild animals from a distance, even if they seem friendly. A rabid animal sometimes acts tame. If you see an animal acting strangely, report it to your local animal control department and do not approach it. #WorldRabiesDay

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Have your veterinarian vaccinate your dogs, cats, ferrets, and livestock for rabies. Keep the vaccinations up-to-date. #WorldRabiesDay

If your pet is attacked by a wild animal, report it to the local health/animal control authorities #WorldRabiesDay

Protect the ones you love this #WorldRabiesDay! Vaccinate your dogs, cats, ferrets and selected livestock for #rabies.

Find a #Rabies Clinic in your area and make sure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control/ #WorldRabiesDay

Make sure your vaccinated pets are up to date on their booster vaccinations! #WorldRabiesDay #ProtectYourPetsProtectYourself

Celebrate #WorldRabiesDay by learning more about how rabies is spread and what you can do to protect your family and your pets: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control/

Rabid animals can sometimes act tame. Enjoy wild animals from a distance, even if the animal seems friendly. #WorldRabiesDay

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Help educate your patients about rabies during Rabies Awareness Week. Visit the VDH website for reference charts and tools for healthcare providers http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-for-human-healthcare-providers/

Don’t know the after-hours procedures for reporting rabies exposures or submitting specimens for testing? Contact your local health department.  Visit the VDH website for a directory of local health departments http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/local-health-districts/

Veterinarians play a critical role in preventing and responding to rabies exposure concerns. Visit the VDH website for reference charts and tools for animal healthcare providers http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control/rabies-for-animal-healthcare-providers/

As the “other family doctor”, animal healthcare providers play a critical role in educating clients about how vaccinating their pet for rabies protects everyone in the family.  Visit the VDH website for more information that can be a helpful part of your client education   http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-epidemiology/rabies-control/

 

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Virginia Veterinary Medical Association