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World Rabies Day serves as a reminder to keep pet vaccines up-to date

MIAMI (September 24, 2015)

World Rabies Day is September 28 and Miami-Dade Animal Services (Animal Services) is reminding pet owners to ensure their pets are up-to-date on vaccination against rabies, a viral disease of mammals that can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rabies can be transmitted to humans via domestic animals that are infected when bitten by a rabid animal. By vaccinating your pets, it decreases the risk of both you and your pet from being exposed to rabies.

Animal Services offers low-cost Pet Care Packages to keep your pets healthy. The comprehensive vaccination packages for dogs contain not only the required rabies vaccine but also the DHPP vaccine which provides protection against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza, as well as the Bordetella vaccine which prevents kennel cough. For cats, the packages include the required rabies vaccine and the FRCPC vaccines, which stand for Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and Chlamydophila, viruses proven to be fatal in cats.

About Miami-Dade County Animal Services
Every year Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (Animal Services) provides care and refuge for over 27,000 abandoned dogs and cats. Every day, Animal Services staff and volunteers work diligently to find life-long homes for these abandoned animals by facilitating onsite adoptions, hosting off-site adoption at events and locations throughout the community, and working collaboratively with over 70 rescue organizations who share in our goal of a No Kill Miami-Dade County.