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Let’s Talk About Rabies

Why is a Rabies vaccination so important?
Rabies vaccination is highly encouraged for cats and dogs at the Moncton Animal Hospital. The province of New Brunswick requires vaccination against Rabies to obtain a city license, without this license (for dogs) you may be subject to a fine. There are very strict procedures regarding Rabies in cases of dogs biting humans. Why is this? Why is Rabies so important?

Rabies is a very serious viral disease that can affect mammals – humans, dogs, cats, horses etc. It is present on all continents except for Australia and Antarctica. Rabies is present in New Brunswick wildlife (skunks, foxes, raccoons, and bats). This virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal.

What are the stages of a Rabies infection?
First stage:

  • Change in behaviour
  • Quiet dogs may become agitated
  • Active dogs may become nervous and shy

Second stage:
Furious form

  • Most common form in cats
  • Highly excitable
  • Ravenous, chewing stones, dirt, and garbage
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Dumb form

  • Most common form in dogs
  • Progressive paralysis: difficulty swallowing and walking
  • Coma
  • Death

How is infection treated?
There is no treatment for Rabies. If your veterinarian suspects Rabies, strict laws must be followed in regards to quarantine and contacting the authorities. Rabies can only be definitively diagnosed by examination of the brain after death. Your veterinarian will work together with the appropriate authorities to determine the next steps. Public safety is of utmost importance during suspect rabies cases.

How can I prevent Rabies in my pet?
Rabies vaccination is extremely safe and effective. All dogs and cats should be vaccinated with the rabies vaccine between 12 and 16 weeks old. Rabies boosters are also required. Please contact your veterinarian for more information.

Written by: Dr. Nicole Mann, DVM

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. CANCELLATION POLICY

Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give them to waitlisted patients.

4. ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST ABUSE

We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital