Every day 160 people die of rabies infection. Most are in Africa, the Middle and Far-East nations. “How lucky we are here” you may think with some complacency. And you are right, we are lucky here in North America. We are lucky so many people choose to rabies vaccinate their dogs and cats. That is absolutely why so few people here in the United States die from Rabies virus. We are maintaining a high rate of vaccination in the animals with which we are most likely to interact.
While it is a veterinarian’s job to take care of sick and injured animals, we are also responsible for the health and well-being of healthy animals. Sometimes that can mean a simple check-up and vaccination, but other times it goes beyond the examination room. We understand our clients’ concerns when they see headlines in the news that involve their pets and livestock. With the recent outbreak of canine influenza near Chicago, we believe it is also our responsibility to be
This is the time of year that I begin to see new puppies and kittens in the clinic. It makes my job so much fun! It is also when I give my daily speech about spaying and neutering. Female cats are seasonal for the most part and begin to cycle as the days get longer. She will begin to cycle at the age of 6 months and can stay “in heat” for weeks on end, until she breeds. This allows a much longer opportunity for a female to get pregnant by a tom cat. She can even cycle aga