Animal Clinic of Kalispell - September 2019

ELIMINATING THE THREAT OF RABIES The Animal Clinic of Kalispell Partners With Rabies Free Africa This is something most of us never think about. These days, rabies sounds like an old-timey problem that only exists in stories like “Old Yeller.” But the reality is that rabies is one of the deadliest diseases on Earth. More than 60,000 people die from rabies each year, with 99% of rabies cases contracted from dog bites. Most rabies deaths occur in Africa, India, and parts of Asia, where over half of all victims are children under the age of 16. The reason rabies isn’t a problem in developed countries like the United States is because we’ve been able to basically eradicate rabies in dogs and cats with the rabies vaccine. Unfortunately, many developing countries don’t have effective veterinary or financial infrastructure in place to invest in a mass-vaccination initiative. In 2017, the World Health Organization launched Zero by 30, an initiative aiming to eliminate What would you do if your dog had rabies? human deaths caused by rabies by 2030. Many organizations have partnered with Zero by 30, including Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. Rabies Free Africa is a program from the Allen School dedicated to breaking the rabies transmission cycle in Tanzania and Kenya. In Tanzania, this program has been able to create a rabies-free zone of 11,000 km, where the number of human incidences of rabies dropped from 100 cases each year to zero. Their goal is to replicate these results across the continent. The Animal Clinic of Kalispell is proud to partner with Rabies Free Africa to help eliminate rabies and achieve the goal of no human deaths by 2030. For every rabies vaccine we administer at the clinic, we’re donating $1 to the Rabies Free Africa fund. We’re donating $1,000 by the end of the year. While human deaths caused by rabies are extremely rare in the U.S., rabies still exists. In Montana, bats and skunks are the reservoir hosts. Dogs and cats that spend any time outside can get in contact, especially accidentally. This is why it’s so important to make sure your pet is vaccinated for rabies. Getting a rabies vaccine at The Animal Clinic of Kalispell helps protect your pet, your family, and families in Africa.

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but he does love to ride on the motorcycle.

Chewie and I have always got on great, and we love Katie, but to be honest, we don’t really care for anyone else. In fact, we really don’t like it when strangers get close to Katie; it’s

our job to protect her! Katie says I still have that “bad Boston attitude,” and Chewie definitely has some trust issues after being a stray. We’re glad that Katie takes care not to make us be around other people or dogs. Things can get hairy when we’re uncomfortable.

Some dogs can be aggressive, which is why dog owners need to be responsible. If you know your dog is aggressive, pick them up or cross the street when you see other dogs while on your walks. Let people know your dog doesn’t want to be friends. Additionally, adults and children should remember to never pet or grab dogs they don’t know. Dog bites can be serious, and no one wants to find themselves in a scary situation. Even a cute, fluffy dog on a motorcycle might bite.

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350 F. 2. Pulse canned salmon (undrained) in a food

processor until finely chopped. Combine salmon, egg, and flour in a separate bowl until dough forms. If dough is too sticky, add more flour. 3. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick and use cookie cutters to cut out cute shapes. 4. Transfer treats to parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until slightly browned. Remove treats from oven and let cool completely before serving. Treats can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Learn more about Rabies Free Africa at GlobalHealth.wsu.edu/initiatives, and call 406.755.6886 today to make sure your pet is vaccinated against rabies.

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