Rabies clinic aims to protect pets against fatal disease

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — The best way to protect your dog or cat from contracting rabies is getting it vaccinated, and the Marble Falls Police Department’s Animal Services is making that step a bit easier.

“We used to do these clinics for several years, but then we just got away from doing them,” said Amanda Langley of the MFPD. “This is a community service to encourage people to get their dogs and cats vaccinated.”

The police department is partnering with the Highland Lakes Vet Clinic for the rabies and shot clinic set for Aug. 2 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Westside Park, 1610 Second St.

“It’s open to everybody,” Langley said. “You don’t have to be a resident of Marble Falls.”

The veterinarians will provide rabies vaccinations for $10 with distemper/parvo vaccinations at 50 percent off.

Marble Falls citizens can also register their cats and dogs during the event. All they need to do is bring proof of current vaccination (which they can have completed at the event.) Registration is $20 for intact animals and $10 for spayed or neutered pets.

Residents ages 65 and older can register their pets for free.

“You don’t need an appointment, just show up,” Langley said. “All we ask is dogs are on a leash and cats are in carriers or cages.”

Call (830) 693-3611 for more information.

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SYMPTOMS OF RABIES IN ANIMALS

Rabies virus causes an acute encephalitis (swelling of the brain) in all warm-blooded hosts, and the outcome is almost always fatal. The first symptoms of rabies may be nonspecific and include:

  • lethargy
  • fever
  • vomiting
  • anorexia

Signs progress within days to include:

  • cerebral dysfunction
  • cranial nerve dysfunction
  • lack of coordination (ataxia)
  • weakness
  • paralysis
  • seizures
  • difficulty breathing and swallowing
  • excessive salivation
  • abnormal behavior and aggression

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov

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