Public Notice- Rabies
Rabies cases are on the increase in KZN. As of 14 December 2021, 291 cases of dog Rabies were reported in KZN alone. And sadly, a total of 19 laboratory-confirmed human rabies cases had been reported in South Africa for 2021; 6 of which were in KZN.
The good news is that Rabies is 100% preventable through vaccine! This protects both humans and pets. Protect yourselves and your pets by ensuring your pets’ vaccinations are up to date and keep a record of their vaccinations.
Howick Small Animal Clinic and Midlands Veterinary Clinic are passionate about protecting our community and our pets against Rabies. That is why we offer free Rabies Vaccines for pets. This is done at the Free Nurses Clinic 2-2:30pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Howick Small Animal Clinic and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Midlands Veterinary Clinic. We also advise the other vaccines be kept up to date for all pets annually, especially dogs that are walked in public spaces such as the river walk. These vaccines protect your dog from highly infectious viruses such as Parvo and Distemper.
If you are unsure of their vaccination status please contact us for assistance.
In the event of any animal bites, wash wounds thoroughly and seek medical advice. If bitten by a suspected animal with Rabies it is paramount to wash the wound with water and soap for 15 minutes, getting post- exposure prophylaxis comprising of vaccinations and Rabies immunoglobulins from a health care facility.
Let us all help make a difference by vaccinating our animals and educating family, friends, colleagues and staff about Rabies.