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2018-09-20 06:00

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic, in Khayelitsha, invites dog owners to visit the clinic as part of its mass vaccination day, in line with the International World Rabies Day on September 28. The vaccinations will be free.

Rabies is a deadly virus that can spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. 99% of human cases result from dog bites and are fatal once symptoms occur. Apart from setting humans in danger the virus causes extreme pain, discomfort and leads to the death of the infected dog.

“Luckily the Western Cape is not a hot spot for rabies,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager.

Dr Friedl le Roux, Head Veterinarian at Mdzananda, said: “Dogs and cats should first be vaccinated for rabies between 4-6 months of age. They need a booster one year from that date and be vaccinated once every three years.”

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