Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. Once the outward signs of the disease appear, rabies is nearly always fatal.
Wild animals in Florida continue to test positive for Rabies, posing a risk to you and your pets. An alarming statistic shows that cats have become the most common domestic animal infected with rabies, with more than 3 times the number of reported cases than dogs.
Every time a pets gets in a fight with other dogs, neighborhood cats, or wild animals they should be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian and vaccinated again for Rabies. If a person is bitten by an animal, see your doctor immediately and report the incident to the Health Department.
Rabies is 100% preventable. Vaccine protocols have been implemented to assure the safest and most reliable Rabies protection for your dogs, cats, and ferrets. Requirements for vaccinating pets for Rabies is regulated by the State of Florida.
At Countryside, an examination and pet health consultation is included with every vaccination at no additional charge. For additional information about the importance of vaccinating your pet for Rabies, please call to talk to our health care professionals.