'End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate'

September 28 World Rabies Day

Veterinary Hospital Kohima

World Rabies Day 28th September is observed globally every year to create awareness among the pet owners and general public about the importance of Rabies disease in dog, its prevention and various control measures.  This day is an opportunity for all to reflect on our effort to control this disease and remind ourselves that the fight is still a long way ahead. This year World Rabies Day is themed 'End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate.'

What is rabies in dog?

Rabies is one of the most alarming diseases of dog. It is caused by a bullet shaped virus known as Rhabdo virus

How does the disease spread?

Rabies is spread from an infected rabid dog to a healthy dog and human being through bites and scratches.

What are the symptoms of rabies in dogs?

  • Change in normal behaviour, over sensitive/alert and aggressive
  • Restless and tends to bite without any provocation
  • Profuse salivation, inability to take food and fear of water
  • In coordination of movement and paralysis of jaw
  • High toned bark
  • Increased body temperature

Is rabies preventable?

“YES” Rabies is a 100% vaccine preventable disease

How many times does a dog need to be vaccinated?

  • First vaccine at three (3) months of age
  • Then go for yearly vaccination lifelong

At any point of time if your dog had bitten a person or any strange dog had bitten your dog, immediately visit the nearest Veterinary Health Centre for examination and observation of your dog to rule out any disease/rabies condition, and if the dog happen to die during observation period, the dog should be properly buried of by deep burial method for the safety of owner and the public in general.