Miami-Dade Animal Services reminds pet owners to vaccinate pets against rabies
As a reminder, Miami-Dade Animal Services (Animal Services) urges pet owners to ensure their companion animals are up-to-date on their rabies vaccines. This important reminder is in response to confirmation by The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade (DOH-Miami-Dade) of a second raccoon, killed by a car in the Kendall area, which tested positive for rabies and has prompted a 60 day alert.
Rabies vaccinations play a crucial role as the first defense for your pet against this deadly disease. Ensure your dogs and cats are protected by keeping rabies vaccinations up-to-date.
The rabies vaccine is available at your local Veterinary Clinic or at Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center, Wellness Clinic, located at 3599 NW 79 Avenue, Doral 33122, for $15.00. No appointment is necessary and the clinic is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All pets adopted from Animal Services receive the rabies vaccine as part of the adoption fees.
This is the second confirmed rabid wild animal this year in the county and second rabid raccoon identified in Miami-Dade since 2001. DOH-Miami-Dade is working with Animal Services to identify any individuals who might have been exposed to the animal. The rabies alert is for 60 days. In response, DOH-Miami-Dade is extending the rabies alert boundaries in Miami-Dade County as follows:
- SW 72nd Street (Sunset Drive) to the North,
- SW 128th Street to the South,
- SW 87th Avenue to the East,
- Florida Turnpike to the West.
Animal Services is coordinating reverse call efforts and door-to-door distribution of flyers to residential and commercial properties within the rabies alert boundaries to inform of precautions they must take.
The DOH-Miami-Dade advises residents and visitors in the alert area to take the following precautions:
- Ensure rabies vaccinations are up-to-date for all pets.
- Keep pets under direct supervision at all times to ensure they do not come in contact with any wild animals.
- If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, immediately seek veterinary assistance for the animal and contact Miami-Dade County Animal Services at 3-1-1.
- Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.
- Avoid contact with stray and feral animals.
- Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
- Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
- Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.
- Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400.
For further information on rabies, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/rabies/index.html or call the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County at 305-324-2400, or Miami-Dade County Animal Services at 3-1-1.