Saturday, August 12, 2017

Vaccinate your dog! IMPORTANT for THEM & YOU

Vaccinate your dog for their health AND YOURS
   Recently, here in the Washington, D.C. metro area, someone did not vaccinate their dog for rabies. That caused a lot of problems for many dogs AND People! 
   The dog died a horrible death of suffering from rabies.  Vaccines for dogs are equally as important as they are for people. (The story is below)
    There are uneducated people who think vaccines cause autism and that's totally false. Similarly, some pet parents Refuse to vaccinate their dogs. Well, if your dog is out among other dogs, or out of the house, then they risk contracting a disease AND they risk SPREADING it to all other dogs or dying a horrible, suffering death themselves. So, don't be foolish. Vaccinate your dogs, vaccinate your kids. 

WHAT IS RABIES? The rabies virus travels to the brain by following the peripheral nerves. The disease can only be diagnosed after the start of symptoms.   


CAN PEOPLE SURVIVE RABIES?  NO, not unless they are vaccinated in 6 days.
Rabies KILLS people and DOGS - unless you vaccinate your pets
In unvaccinated humans, rabies is almost always fatal after neurological symptoms have developed. Vaccination after exposure, PEP, is highly successful in preventing the disease if administered promptly, in general within 6 days of infection. Begun with little or no delay, PEP is 100% effective against rabies.

The quarantine is set at 10 days because a rabies-infected animal can only transmit the disease after clinical signs have developed AND once these signs have developed, the animal will die within 10 days.
In rare cases, it can vary from 10 days to 2 years. The incubation period is shorter in children and in people exposed to a large dose of the rabies virus. The dose of virus depends on the size, severity and location of an animal bite or scratch. In animals, the incubation period depends on the species of animal.

1) Health officials seeking people, pets exposed to rabid dog in Arlington    
Health officials are attempting to locate people and pets who may have been exposed to a rabid dog treated in Arlington last month.
A bull dog from Washington has died of rabies and was last treated at Cherrydale Veterinary Clinic in Arlington, according to a county news release. The dog was seen at the veterinary clinic between 10-11 a.m. July 8 and from 3-3:30 p.m. on July 14.
   “Arlington County Public Health Division is working closely with staff at the clinic to identify and contact those people and their pets who may have been exposed to the bulldog there on July 8 and July 14 during the specified times,” Arlington Department of Human Services spokesperson Kurt Larrick said.  STORY:

2)   A similar issue happened recently in Brooklyn, New York. 
People in Brooklyn not vaccinating Dogs!
Not a shot! Anti-vax movement prompts Brooklynites to withhold inoculations from their pets

SYMPTOMS OF RABIES (from the Mayo Clinic)
The first symptoms of rabies may be very similar to the flu and may last for days. Later signs and symptoms may include:
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Hyperactivity
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Excessive salivation
  • Fear of water (hydrophobia) because of the difficulty in swallowing
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Partial paralysis

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

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