World Rabies Day

Tomorrow is World Rabies Day, dedicated to raising awareness about the most deadly disease to humans. Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted through the saliva or nervous system tissues of an infected mammal to another mammal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and causes severely distressing neurological symptoms, disease in the brain, and, ultimately, death.

Rabies affects all mammals and is a zoonotic disease meaning that is can be passed to humans. Vaccination is key in preventing rabies. Mass vaccination programmes have been very successful in eliminating rabies from an area. In Africa, rabies is a very real problem. In fact, 95% of all deaths in human from rabies occur in Africa and Asia.

The fantastic news is that rabies is 100% preventable through vaccination. Vaccinating your pet not only means that they will be protected but it goes towards protecting yourself and another animals in your area.

The TEARS Welfare and Mobile Clinic give more than 2,800 vaccines every year, keep not only our local companion animals safe but their humans and communities too. Vaccinate your puppy or kitten from 3 months for a course and then every three years to keep them rabies-free.