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October-November 2017 Newsletter

Important news
The drug company which imports our cat/dog vaccine is experiencing some challenges with a regular supply of vaccine to us. Please bear with us. If your pets are due for vaccination this month, please contact us before you bring them in. If we do not have the vaccine in stock, we will notify you as soon as it comes in.

Update on the road works
We now have a permanent access road between Barnes Ave and our IN gate, so that is always available. To date, access through Cardinals and from Harare/Drew Rd corner has also remained open. The road is well compacted and any size car can come along it, not only 4x4’s.We are still here!!! It may look like you can’t get to us with Harare Dr blocked off with drums, but we are still open and operating as normal.  We thank our loyal clients who are braving it to visit us – we appreciate your support.

What you need to know about Rabies.

1) All mammals are susceptible to Rabies. You will have seen a recent report of a rabid jackal in Mukuvisi. We have also had a rabid pet donkey in the last month. Previously, we have had a rabid squirrel. The vaccination is very good so when you walk your dogs, if they are vaccinated, they are quite safe. But you must be careful as you are not vaccinated.

2) The virus spreads  to the brain and to the salivary glands. It is shed in saliva simultaneously with the onset of clinical signs. Therefore an animal is not spreading the disease before it starts showing signs of Rabies.

3) Clinical signs vary a lot – one of the main signs is a change in behaviour – a friendly animal may become aggressive and bite. There is also the dumb form where an animal becomes very quiet and withdrawn. Wild animals often lose their fear of man and walk right up to you. There are lots of other signs – salivating, a dropped jaw, difficulty eating, abnormal vocalisations,etc.

4) Rabies is transmitted in the saliva of a rabid animal so you can only contract Rabies if you get bitten or get saliva  into open wounds/abrasions on your hands. If your dog gets into a fight, you might get  saliva from the other animal on your hands as you examine your dog’s coat – be sure to  wash your hands very thoroughly afterwards.

5) Once a dog starts showing clinical signs, it deteriorates very quickly and dies within 10 days. Therefore if you get bitten by a strange dog that rushes out of a property with no gate, if it is still there a week later and is behaving normally, it has not got Rabies  - he/she is just on guard duty.

6) Rabies vaccination is a legal requirement in dogs – all dogs have to be vaccinated within one month of attaining the age of three months, with a booster within three months of attaining one year and thereafter every three years. An unvaccinated dog that comes into contact with a positive rabid animal has to be euthanased by law. Cats need to be vaccinated every year.

Thank you to all who donated towards the VAWZ sponsored walk on Sun 3 September. Clare walked round Wingate Golf Club together with  one of our clients .Val walked 5 kms in UK once the rain had stopped!! Chisi Vet raised the most money out of all the Harare vets that took part so a very big thank you to our clients – you have made us proud.Lastly remember, remember the 5th of November – if you have a pet who is terrified of loud bangs like fireworks or thunder, come and talk to us for advice.