Rabies: A Perennial Threat to Our Pet Population

With a flurry of news stories about our neighbors being exposed to rabies, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind our clients about the importance of getting your pet vaccinated against the condition.

Chances are you don’t think about the rabies virus since dogs and cats are vaccinated. Because of these vaccinations, the disease is not as common or widespread as in the past.

Fortunately, it is fairly simple and inexpensive to keep your pets and your family safe. Make sure your pets, including those living primarily indoors, are vaccinated! Common carriers of the disease include skunks, raccoons, foxes and bats; which can easily make their way into your yard and inside a house.

However, rabies is still present all over the world, including in our state where cases are reported regularly. Rabies is 99.95% fatal if not treated.

Another good reason to vaccinate? Rabies shots are legally required in Virginia for all dogs and cats over four months of age.

If you need to get your pet vaccinated or have questions about rabies, call us at (703) 956-1522 or request an appointment through our website today!

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