Protect Your Pet and Others from Deadly Disease

September 27, 2011

Do you have a pet nesting in your Chicago real estate? Have you protected it and others from one of the most deadly infectious diseases known to man?

September 28 marks the fifth annual World Rabies Day, a day in which the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is reminding pet owners that while rabies is almost 100 percent fatal once symptoms begin, it’s also 100 percent preventable through vaccinations.

kid grimacing and holding a happy dog while a vet fills a shot.According to the AVMA, 99 percent of rabies infections come from the bites of domestic dogs, though the disease can also be carried by cats, and these cases are preventable through the proper vaccination of pets.

“Every year, more than 55,000 people around the globe die from rabies. Half of these people are children under the age of 15. An even sadder fact is that rabies is an entirely preventable disease,” said Chad Clancy, a committee member on the Merial Rabies Symposium.

“Your veterinarian is your first line of defense. It’s important to keep your animals vaccinated against rabies and up-to-date on that vaccination. The rabies vaccine is very effective. It’s also important to keep your family members and pets away from wild animals.”

These quotes came from a video that the AVMA put out about rabies prevention. You can find the video at avmamediaorg.

“When we stop to consider how many people and animals are affected by rabies every year, World Rabies Day is a stark reminder to all of us of the importance of rabies prevention, both domestically and globally,” said Dr. Lynne White-Shim, AVMA assistant director of scientific activities.

“That we are observing the fifth year of World Rabies Day is a testament to the power of the myriad efforts around the world to control rabies, while also reminding us of the continued need for outreach and public-health measures.”

The AVMA was founded in 1863 and is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. The year 2011 is being celebrated as VET2011, the 250th anniversary of the birth of veterinary medicine and education.

To learn more about rabies prevention or the AVMA, visit

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