Canada's veterinarians remind pet owners to vaccinate their animals against rabies

    OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Sept. 28, 2008 marks the second annual
World Rabies Day. World Rabies Day brings animal and human healthcare
professionals together with the shared goal of eliminating rabies, a disease
that kills approximately 55,000 people worldwide each year.
    Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of
animals and humans. People and animals can contract the virus after they are
bitten by an infected animal. Once symptoms appear, rabies is almost always
fatal. The good news is that rabies is preventable.
    "Rabies prevention starts with the animal owner," explains Dr. Diane
Frank, president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).
"Protect yourself, your pet and your community by taking your animals to your
veterinarian for appropriate vaccination."
    Avoid stray animals and wildlife. If you are bitten, wash bite wounds
with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately. If your pet is
bitten, contact your veterinarian immediately. Quick and proper treatment
after being bitten and before the disease develops can stop rabies infection
and/or prevent the disease in humans and animals.
    World Rabies Day is a global initiative to raise awareness of rabies and
how the disease can be prevented. The campaign brings together thousands of
individuals from health experts to everyday people for a unified show of
support of anti-rabies efforts. World Rabies Day advocates for the health of
the total population (human and animal), through a "One Medicine" approach and
is the only worldwide event of its kind focused on global rabies control and
prevention. For more information about World Rabies Day visit

    The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national body
representing and serving the interests of the veterinary profession in Canada.
To learn more about the CVMA visit For animal
health care information and advice from Canadian veterinarians visit

For further information:

For further information: Kristin Wood, Communications Officer, Canadian
Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), (613) 355-4250,

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