|World Rabies Day
28 September is World Rabies Day
In celebration of this, from 30 September to 4 October we will be offering free rabies vaccinations.
All dogs having their annual health check and 5-in-1 vaccination & all cats having their annual health check and 4-in-one vaccination will get a free rabies vaccine.
Rabies is a zoonotic disease (a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans), caused by the rabies virus. Domestic dogs are the most common reservoir of the virus, with more than 99% of human deaths caused by dog-mediated rabies.
The virus is transmitted in the saliva of rabid animals and generally enters the body via saliva from a rabid animal into a wound (e.g. scratches), or by direct exposure of mucosal surfaces to saliva from an infected animal (e.g. bites). The virus cannot infiltrate intact skin. Once the virus reaches the brain, it further replicates, resulting in presentation of clinical signs from the patient. .
With the exception of Antarctica, rabies is endemic on all continents. Of the tens of thousands of deaths occurring annually due to rabies, 95% of cases are reported in Asia and Africa.
Rabies is an untreatable, fatal disease but is completely preventable by vaccination.