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Keep your pet safe from rabies

Posted on: March 2nd, 2011 by

A cat with pet insurance is held by his owner.

Sometimes, when the vet tells us why something is necessary for our cat, we secretly wonder if he’s just trying to scare us into allowing the treatment, test, or shot. That’s what I initially thought when my vet told me that my cat needed a Rabies vaccination. I was so happy I had pet insurance for my cat, because part of the cost was covered.

Many cats roam around their yard or neighborhood occasionally, and even indoor cats can accidentally escape. That’s why Rabies most commonly affects cats. The number of reported Rabies cases has dropped in recent decades thanks to laws in most states that require dogs and cats to be vaccinated. With low-cost vaccination clinics and cat insurance to assist with wellness and vaccination costs, there is no reason cats shouldn’t be vaccinated. Getting pet health insurance for my cat was the best thing I’ve ever done.

However, wildlife, human, and pet health depend on the continued implementation of Rabies vaccination laws. In January of 2011, two family cats from two separate homes in Bryan County, Georgia were euthanized due to Rabies. Neither cat was vaccinated. In Virginia, a cat and 18 other animals contracted Rabies in 2010.

Rabies is a viral infection transmitted by bites, cuts, and scratches. It then travels to the central nervous system and the brain. It is 100% fatal, and there is no treatment. Keeping Rabies at bay is not only important for pet health, but for humans as well. Bites and scratches, even those that appear minor or are caused by new born kittens, can introduce bacteria into the body that spreads and is difficult to kill. Any human bitten or scratched by an animal that could carry rabies will need a series of Rabies shots.

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