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Cagayan PVO to provide free anti-rabies vaccinations on world rabies day

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayan Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) will provide free anti-rabies vaccination in celebration of the World Rabies Day on Thursday, September 28.

In the Pagdidinnamagan:Kapehan sa Kapitolyo of the Cagayan Provincial Information Office, Provincial Veterinarian Officer Doctor Jaime Guillermo said they will be serving in Iguig, Baggao, Gattaran, Lal-lo, Piat, Santo Niño, Santa Teresita, and Santa Ana on that day.

The PVO will also conduct information education campaign on rabies for elementary pupils because, according to PVO’s data, they are the most vulnerable to the virus transmitted by dogs.

Veterinarians of the PVO will also castrate male dogs and spay uterus or ovaries of female dogs to control the population of dogs.Iquin added that pet owners may also avail the same service for cats.

PVO said free veterinary services are also available in their office and in the sub-capitol in Bangag, Lal-lo in regular days.

Zero Rabies

This year’s World Rabies Day has the theme, “Zero Rabies 2020.” However, this poses as a challenge to the PVO, Guillermo said. From January to Augustthis year, PVO has recorded eight canine cases of rabies.There were two incidents in 2015 and nine cases in 2016.

Guillermo said they are still studying this figure, noting its “fluctuating” nature.

He also clarified misconceptions on rabies to inform the public of the virus’ health implications on dogs and humans. “Yung sinasabinilanaang rabies ay nandunnasahayop, [na] pagkasilang pa lang [ngtuta] andunnayung rabies sakanila. Hindi pototooyun. Nakukuhanilaitosalabas,” he said.

He said infected dogs may manifest the virus through subtle ways such as hiding, paralysis, and eventually death.

The provincial veterinarian added that dogs may also have a “furious” reaction to the virus. This is manifested when a dog becomes violent and aggressive, cannot swallow its food, and rapid salivation, leading to its eventual death.

He advised those bitten by dogs to wash their wound with running water and soap, and put disinfectant. They may also go to the Provincial Health Office for an animal bite shot. The bitten individual must also observe the dog for 10-15 days to see if there are any changes in its behavior or physical condition.

Veterinarian III Doctor Wilfredo Iquinsaid the best way to prevent rabies is to getdogs vaccinated as early as three months after its birth. He also reminded owners to be responsibleof their pets.

Meanwhile, Batanes is the only rabies-free province in Cagayan Valley.Guillermo said that island provinces are usually the ones that are rabies-free because it is easier to control and contain the virus in those areas. Northernforum.net

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