LIONS FOUNDATION OF CANADA DOG GUIDES
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and its founding program, Canine Vision Canada, was established in 1983. It’s the largest school of its kind in Canada with its training school in Oakville and breeding facility in Breslau.
Rabies: Diagnosis, prevention & the value of vaccination
Rabies is a dangerous, fatal viral disease that can be contracted by animals and humans. Animals are typically the transmitters and dogs alone are responsible for 99% of related deaths. For this reason, prevention efforts should primarily be focused on canines.
HOW IS RABIES DIAGNOSED?
Brain samples taken after death are required to make a reliable diagnosis. So, even though there are several signs of rabies infection, diagnosis can only be confirmed once the affected mammal has succumbed to the disease.
Before the disease takes its toll, veterinarians can only consider clinical symptoms and the animal’s history.
If rabies has been confirmed in a dead animal that attacked another before it died, the victim will most likely have contracted rabies from it. The necessary measures, generally recommended by a vet, should be taken.
Please note: If you think a deceased pet is carrying rabies, rather contact animal control services to help you take him or her to the vet. Diagnosis may provide peace of mind and inform further action if anyone else (animal or human) is at risk.
If you have the smallest suspicion that your pet may have been exposed to the rabies virus, don’t ignore your instincts. Safely transport your pet to the nearest veterinary clinic for inspection. Be careful around his or her mouth and rather wear thick gloves if you have a pair handy.
DID YOU KNOW
World Rabies Day is observed annually on 28 September to raise awareness about rabies prevention.
It is the first and only global day of action and awareness for rabies prevention. Individuals, NGOs and governments are therefore encouraged to use this opportunity to create awareness and encourage prevention.