A total of 74 cats and dogs received vaccinations against rabies during a special clinic sponsored by SafetySmart Lilburn earlier this month.
The city of Lilburn provided a location in the field area next to the railroad tracks, and for only $10 per shot, pet parents were able to keep their animal friends safe from rabies.
Dr. Star Gregory of Zutilla Veterinary Housecalls administered the shots and volunteers assisted pet care givers by helping them fill out forms and handling their pets.
Rabies is an animal born disease that can be transmitted to humans. If a human gets infected with rabies, treatment must be administered quickly. Post-exposure treatment for rabies consists of a regimen of one dose of rabies immune globulin and five doses of the rabies vaccine over a 28-day period.
But once symptoms occur there is no treatment that can cure the disease. Any treatment at that point involves managing symptoms and making the person comfortable. Death is almost certain once the rabies symptoms begin.
It’s easy to avoid the risk of exposure to rabies by making sure your pet is vaccinated against the disease. It not only keeps your pet safe, but it also keeps you and your family safe.
SafetySmart Lilburn is planning to sponsor another Rabies Clinic in March 2013.