Has your pet been vaccinated against rabies?
We love animals and that’s a fact. But with this love comes great responsibility. Part of that responsibility is making sure your furry family members are up to date on their vaccinations.
One of these very important vaccines is that against the rabies virus. But sometimes it’s not easy being a pet parent on top of the long list of responsibilities you already have. So…
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In order to curb the spread of this virus, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has launched a vaccination campaign against rabies. And guess what? It’s free!
Areas south of Durban will be the focus of the campaign, as this is where rabies is most prevalent. Some of the areas where vaccinations will take place include Merebank, Austerville, Clairwood and Bluff.
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The goal of the campaign is not only to protect our pets and our communities, but also to improve knowledge about rabies in the community.
Although the government has taken steps to control rabies, the problem is that many people who have been bitten have not sought urgent medical attention.
In addition, patients who received treatment did not complete their drug treatment after being bitten.
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Municipal spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela told IOL: “Pet owners should bring their pet’s certificate of previous vaccinations. If they do not have one, a certificate will be issued to them the same day.
For more information on the vaccination schedule, members of the public can call: 031-3115150 / 031-3115153 / 031-3115162. The campaign runs from April 5-11, 2022.
To see the full schedule, click here.
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