Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rabies in Chester County - Is Your Pet Protected?

Every few months, we get updated information about rabies cases in Pennsylvania.  The map of PA breaks down the cases for each county.  Of the 155 cases of rabies from January 1-May 31 of this year, Chester County had 8 cases.  That might not seem like a lot, however, Chester County had one of the highest numbers in the state.  The 8 cases include a bat, a skunk, a white-tailed deer, 4 raccoons, and last, but certainly not least, a cat.  Obviously, rabies exists in our area, which makes us wonder... Why are so many pets unprotected?

We understand that in our current economic conditions, money is tight, to say the least.  Did you know that our office will administer ONLY a rabies vaccine without a physical examination?  That means all you have to pay is $26 for the vaccine.  Without a rabies vaccine, you are exposing your pet to potential risks, even if they are indoor only, as pets can get out or wildlife can into your home.  If a pet has a possible exposure to rabies and is not vaccinated, euthanasia could be a potential outcome, or a minimum of a 6 month quarantine.  

Another consequence of an unprotected pet?  Fines.  It is Pennsylvania law for all dogs and cats with exposure to humans to be vaccinated against rabies. You could pay up to $300 for every day that your pet has not been vaccinated.  So if your pet is overdue for a rabies vaccine, you could be looking at a hefty fine.  

Like many things in the medical profession, prevention has a cost, but treatment is incredibly expensive.  Our goal is to prevent the financial strain and headache by helping your pet stay as protected as possible.  Feel free to give us a call with any questions, or to set up an appointment.

You can find additional information about rabies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at  

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