When a pet enters the home, responsibility is the word that is associated with the owner from the very moment he adds a new member to his family. And in that responsibility is ensuring their well-being and with it, a good state of health. There are many dangers that these pets may face, such as diseases that threaten their lives and their owners because of the ease of transmission. This is the case of rabies, which is one of the oldest and most dangerous diseases in the world as it causes 59,000 deaths a year and is endemic in more than 150 countries around the world. With these data, it is necessary to adopt measures to increase control and prevention keeping public health in mind.
That is why the College of Veterinarians of the Region of Murcia has collaborated with the autonomous community under the slogan ‘rabies vaccine’. Your dose of responsibility’ to raise awareness about the obligation and responsibility of vaccinating and remembering the importance of animal-transmitted diseases in the context of disease prevention as citizens. Vaccination against rabies is mandatory once a year for dogs, cats and ferrets, even if the pet does not belong to other animals.
Thus, from the Institute of Veterinary Medicine they clarify that “we should not let our guard down” and point out the risk that “rabies is back” if there is a low percentage of vaccinations, because the greater the risk of contagion before arrival Will be wild animals or infected dogs from other countries. Added to this is the public health problem that can arise due to its easy transmission to humans.
It is not the only initiative that the College of Veterinarians promotes for this purpose, as the vaccination program ‘Take care of them. Take Care of Us’ aims to raise awareness of the importance of the clinical act, without forgetting leishmaniosis, an infectious disease transmitted by mosquito bites that is favored by climate change and the mobility of domesticated animals, which through vaccines Shows the importance of prevention.
The College of Veterinarians reminds owners of these pets that identification of animals via microchip is mandatory from 2017. It is an action that provides safety and security to both pets and their owners, as it not only helps to find these animals in case they are lost, but also facilitates their health control.