TABUK CITY, Kalinga- The City Veterinary Services Office (CVSO) vaccinated a total of 355 pet dogs with anti-rabies during the veterinary medical mission at Barangay San Juan on June 8-9.
Assistant City Veterinarian Dr. Carmen Wanas said that the veterinary mission aims to promote responsible pet ownership, and to prevent rabies cases in the area.
Wanas reported that the dogs also received vitamin C, while some were dewormed and given medicine for anti-mange.
The activity, she added, also taught pet owners about proper animal care and management of providing the pets enough food, clean shelter and regular vaccination.
Concerning dog bite cases, Wanas reiterated during the activity that “tandok’’ is not advisable as a means of treatment against rabies, instead she encouraged people to bring the victim to the Animal Bite Treatment Center at the City Health Office (CHO) for appropriate medical attention.
The CVSO reiterated that the conduct of veterinary mission is on a schedule basis, and must be upon the request of the barangay.
Rabies is an acute virus disease of the nervous system of mammals that is caused by a rhabdovirus usually transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal and that is characterized typically by increased salivation, abnormal behavior, and eventual paralysis and death when untreated.
City Mayor Darwin Estranero is fully supportive of this regular undertaking of the CVSO as the most effective way to help the city achieve a rabies-free status in the near future.
By Darwin S. Serion
Photo by Armando M. Bolislis