Veterinarians know that rabies remains a major concern worldwide, killing more than 55,000 people every year. But do your clients know? Do you let them know that one to two Americans die each year from rabies, that there were more than 6,100 reported cases of animal rabies in the U.S. last year, and that’s why vaccinating their pet is so important?
Wednesday marks World Rabies Day 2011, an international campaign aimed at raising awareness about the public health impact of human and animal rabies. There is no better time to help educate your clients about the disease and how easily we can prevent its spread.
Please take a minute to remind your clients about the importance of vaccinating their pets and keeping them away from wildlife that can spread the disease. Read the 2011 Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control in the Sept. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Check out the 2010 rabies surveillance report, which can be found in the Sept. 15 issue of JAVMA. And direct your clients to the World Rabies Day and AVMA websites for more information about rabies and what they can do to help fight the disease. Rabies is 100 percent preventable in domestic animals, and you play a key role in helping control the disease.