On August 27, 2013 a bat was found in Lethbridge that has tested positive for Rabies. Rabies is a serious disease that is transferable among all mammals – this means it can transfer from a wild animal to your pet, and from your pet to you or your children through contact with saliva or brain tissue. There are several things that our veterinarians would like to remind you to do to prevent contact with the rabies virus.
- Get your dogs and cats vaccinated! After the puppy/kitten stage of life a rabies vaccine only needs to be done once every 3 years so it is a manageable cost.
- If you need to handle an animal of unknown vaccine status wear protective clothing.
- Never handle a dead animal (ie wildlife in your yard etc.) with out protective gear and never touch brain tissue.
- If you do get bitten or scratched scrub, scrub, scrub with soap and water. Then call the local public health office ASAP for advice.
Please call Green Acres Animal Hospital at 403-327-8660 if you need to get your pet’s vaccines updated.