VCA Delmarva Animal Hospital

Rabies Awareness

By AnnaMarie Lange, VMD, PhD
Published: May 25, 2010

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The large increase in the number of wildlife Rabies cases seen in Worcester County last year has continued into 2010. Presently, there are three times as many confirmed cases as there were at this time last year. Pet owners must be made aware of this potential threat. Here are a few tips to protect your family and your pets:

-Be sure that all pets are up-to-date on their Rabies vaccinations. All pets, including indoor cats, must be vaccinated against Rabies.
-Do not allow pets to roam free as they are more likely to encounter a rabid wild animal.
-Avoid feeding animals outside as this attracts stray and wild animals to your property.
-Children should learn not to approach unknown animals.
-Avoid sick animals or those acting in an unusual manner. Report these sightings to the local health department or law enforcement.
-All pets with wounds should be examined and treated by a veterinarian.

If your pet does have contact with a stray or wild animal, avoid touching him with your bare hands. Report the incident to the Health Department and local law enforcement. Call your veterinarian.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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