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Old 17-11-2016, 09:52   #1
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Rabies...

Just had an incident in our own home where a stray dog came in to our home and caused all kinds of chaos. Two of our dogs went magoo and chased it out but not after there was spit and fur everywhere. We didn't think much of it till the next day when the district vet issued a warning about a rabid dog fitting the description of the one in our house. We realised we'd been checking our dogs over after the incident and without doubt, come in to contact with saliva etc. It was early in the morning so we were barefoot too. Long story short. We're having rabies jabs for the next month. This got me thinking. Remote places are unlikely to have rabies control programs or easily available vaccination / treatment facilities. What do you do if you're a long way from medical help when you're exposed to such a thing. Just wanted to make everyone aware of it and treat any animal acting out of character with extreme caution. We've certainly had a wakeup call. So needless to say, our own dogs are having booster jabs. This whole thing will make is about a grand lighter by the time we're done. Safe travels folks.
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Re: Rabies...

Sorry about the dogs. Are they vaccinated? Hope you don't have to get belly shots.

Rabies are almost always passed by canine. In Pennsylvania we shot and burned/buried nocturnal animals out in the day or wild animals with no fear of humans and seem confused.
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Re: Rabies...

Yes they are vaccinated against all the usual canine illnesses.And thank you. We live in Africa so we're perhaps a little more aware than some folks. But this gave us a wakeup call and certainly got me thinking. We also had an incident recently in one of our schools where during break when all the kids were sitting outside. A friendly squirrel came down to be petted by one of the kids. Soon enough the friendly little squirrel was being passed around and everyone was ooing and aahing while it nibbled on fingers etc. Luckily someone thought...hang on. That's really out of character. Had the squirrel killed and sent for analysis. Next day 68 kids in for treatment. Used up all the rabies vaccine in our city. More had to be flown in. Anyway. Just bear it in mind folks when you're on that beautiful tropical island miles and miles away from anywhere.
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