Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Pet owners to be on the lookout after 2 dogs tested positive for rabies

Western Cape’s Agriculture MEC, Dr Ivan Meyer says that veterinary officials are vaccinating pets in Khayelitsha and surrounding areas, after 2 dogs tested positive for rabies.

According to the Western Cape Veterinary Service Head, Dr. Gininda Msiza, rabies is a viral disease affecting animals and people.

"It is transmitted by saliva or other body fluids, and a dog or person can be infected by being bitten, scratched or licked by a rabid animal."

"However, rabies is very easy to prevent by vaccinating dogs and cats,” added Msiza.

According to Msiza, dogs with rabies often show a behaviour change and become suddenly aggressive or unusually tame for no reason.

"Dogs with rabies struggle to swallow and often walk around with their mouths open, drooling or making choking sounds as if they have something stuck in their throat. If you suspect a dog has rabies, do not touch it and contact your nearest private or state veterinarian immediately.”

MEC Meyer says they are working closely with the welfare organisations and medical doctors to check on contacts and any people who may have been bitten and need treatment.

Investigations are currently underway to ascertain the source of the outbreak.

‘’If you suspect that you have had contact with a rabid animal, getting preventative treatment as soon as possible saves your life. Wash any bite or scratch wound thoroughly with soap and water, and then go immediately to your doctor or clinic to get rabies vaccinations. The sooner you receive treatment, the better you will be protected against rabies," said Meyer.

"Pet owners are encouraged to be vigilant and to take their pets to their private veterinarian or animal welfare organisation to make sure their rabies vaccinations are up to date," added Meyer.


Done By: Mitchum George


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