Litsha dogs get free vaccinations

2019-10-03 06:00
Khaya Budaza took his dogs to Mdzananda Animal Clinic to get free vaccinations on World Rabies Day (Saturday 28 September).PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Khaya Budaza took his dogs to Mdzananda Animal Clinic to get free vaccinations on World Rabies Day (Saturday 28 September).PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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In commemoration of World Rabies Day, dogs were vaccinated for free in Khayelitsha on Saturday 28 September.

Mdzananda Animal Clinic held a mass vaccination day aiming to vaccinate 200 dogs on the day.

Rabies is a deadly virus that spreads through the saliva of infected animals, and 99% of human cases result from dog bites and are fatal once symptoms occur.

A dog owner, Khaya Budaza, said he is happy that the clinic is vaccinating dogs for free. “I have two dogs and I would not have been able to afford to pay for both of them,” he said.

Budaza said on a normal day the clinic is never full because a lot of them can’t afford to pay for their dogs to get help from veterinarians.

He said a lot of people do not worry about their pets getting medical help because they can’t even afford to see doctors themselves.

Another resident who wanted to be known as Siya said initiatives like these should happen more often because a lot of people do not know what their pets need.

“There are a lot of dogs roaming the streets because their owners do not know what their pets need.

“They need to be educated on how to take care of them,” he said.

The clinic’s communications manager Marcelle du Plessis said the Western Cape is not a hotspot for rabies, however, that does not mean that they should not be prepared for it.

“All it takes is for one dog to come into our area for the virus to spread rapidly. We aim to make our community immune to the virus if it spreads to our area,” she said.

She said this deadly virus is preventable through a simple vaccination.

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